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LoyaltyOne joins as Silver Sponsor of the 3rd Loyalty & CRM Summit 2011 in Vietnam

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Neoedge Pte. Ltd today announced its Silver and Premier Media sponsors for Loyalty & CRM Summit 2011, the company’s annual Loyalty & CRM event, on it’s third year and this time it’s going to be in New World Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. LoyaltyOne Consulting is this year’s Silver Sponsor while COLLOQUY is the Media Sponsor.

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“LoyaltyOne has been our loyal event supporter and this year they again came on board as our Silver Sponsor while Colloquy to be our Media Sponsor and will once again ensure the networking and the learning aspects of the consortium of Loyalty & CRM experts will be maximised,” said Rekha Kaur, Conference Producer, Loyalty Events at Neoedge. “We have gathered world-class practitioners in the industry for three years in a row and this year will be our best one ever.”

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Silver Sponsor:

LoyaltyOne is a global provider of loyalty strategy and programs, customer analytics and relationship marketing services. Its roster of clients includes leading businesses and brands in multiple sectors such as retail, banking, manufacturing, government, natural resources and utilities. LoyaltyOne businesses include Canada’s AIR MILES Reward Program – North America’s premiere coalition loyalty program, COLLOQUY, Precima, LoyaltyOne Consulting and Direct Antidote. LoyaltyOne’s industry-leading Associates, practical experience and proven capabilities set the benchmark of thought leadership in the loyalty marketplace. Toronto-based LoyaltyOne is an Alliance Data company. For more than 30 years, Alliance Data has helped its clients build more profitable, more loyal relationships with their customers. For more information, visit

Media Sponsor:

The Voice of the Loyalty Marketing Industry Since 1990

COLLOQUY comprises a collection of resources devoted to the global loyalty marketing industry. The flagship resources are COLLOQUY®, a magazine serving the loyalty marketing industry since 1990,, the most comprehensive loyalty web site in the world, COLLOQUY’s Research and Educational divisions, and the COLLOQUY Network, a global network of consultants certified in COLLOQUY’s consulting methodology. Together they provide a worldwide audience of 30,000+ marketers with consulting, news, editorial, educational and research services across all industries and around the globe.

COLLOQUY services include Print, Online, Research and Educational Services. Be a COLLOQUY Network Partner NOW.

Interview with Robert Vitrikas from the National Ground Intelligence Center on Countering the IED Threat Network

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

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New York, NY, USA – December 7, 2010 – The threat posed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is the greatest threat facing American and NATO Forces today. Reports have shown that between 70-80% of troop casualties are caused by IEDs and that 2010 has been the deadliest year for US troops in Afghanistan since the war began.

In keeping with these developments, Robert Vitrikas, Program Manager for the Counter Improvised Explosive Device Targeting Program (CITP) at the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) spoke with IDGA’s Senior Editor Nick Yonker on the latest at CITP and ongoing work to combat IED threats. He details what he sees to be the biggest challenge U.S. Forces face in battling the IED threat network. In addition, Mr. Vitrikas also gives his insight into what the future holds for Counter-IED programs for the military in the next decade.

The Podcast has been made available here.

Mr. Vitrikas will be speaking at IDGA’s 4th Annual Counter IED Summit taking place January 24-27, 2011 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, VA. For more information on attending IDGA’s Counter IED Summit, and to see a full list of subject matter, please visit: or contact Alexa Deaton at

The Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA) is a non-partisan information-based organization dedicated to the promotion of innovative ideas in public service and defense through live conferences and events. We bring together speaker panels and events comprised of military and government professionals while attracting delegates with decision-making power from military, government, and defense industries.

In addition to our live events, IDGA also offers an online community dedicated to providing defense industry professionals with breaking news, business opportunities, introductions, podcasts, webinars, and presentations from key industry leaders. Members of our online community are able to extend their live event experience and interact with the defense industry by leveraging the opportunity to network, share ideas, best practices, and business solutions.

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Thursday, October 28th, 2010

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Robben Island is set to become the site of a green energy pilot project, aimed at exploring the potential of distributed models of hybrid renewable and alternative energy technologies to generate more power for South Africa at a lower cost than traditional coal-fired generators.

The Greening Robben Island project aims to replace the island’s two diesel-guzzling generators with a hybrid of renewable technologies – including wind and solar power, biomass energy and a mini hydro system – and to implement efficient energy management, to demonstrate that South Africa can reduce its dependence on fossils fuels.

The project falls under the Working for Energy programme, an initiative of the South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI) and Department of Energy (DoE), tasked with providing energy from renewable sources, as well as energy management and demand side management (DSM) frameworks.

Derek Batte, a Senior Manager at SANERI says renewable energy has enormous potential as a source for the future. The challenge, he says, is to drive the commercialization of renewable energy technologies and distributed models of energy generation, in a marketplace that is accustomed to the Leviathan that is the Eskom power grid.

The recently developed, Working for Energy programme is exploring ways of generating energy from sources such as biomass and charcoal from invasive alien plants, bush encroachment and grasses; biofuels; mini-grid hybrid and smart grid systems; and micro hydro systems.

“Currently, renewable resources such as solar and wind power are seen as having the potential to supplement coal-fired generation, but not to provide reliable baseload electricity as cheaply as coal,” he says.

But SANERI has developed economic models showing that renewable energy hybrids could generate three times more energy than a conventional new generation fossil station and five times the jobs at one third of the cost over the next 20 years if renewables are exploited to the correct potential.

Batte envisions a future where farms run on power generated by their own agricultural waste, alien vegetation is converted to biomass fuel and villages not on the electricity grid become self-sufficient “islands” of energy through a blend of renewable technologies.

“Our goal is to take all this research from concept through demonstration and incubation to commercialization, by means of at least 10 successful demonstration projects  starting with the Robben Island Greening Project,” he says.

Batte says distributed power technologies are proven, but South Africa does not yet have the manufacturing capability. Barriers to entry include the fact that the REFIT tariff applies only to technologies that can produce more than 1 megawatt of power continuously, whereas hybrid systems don’t work off one massive grid, but hundreds of micro plants.

The Robben Island test bed will be up and running by April next year and will include an online virtual reality model of the island, so that interested parties will be able to follow the project in real time by clicking on the website links.

“We can no longer afford to focus on just one source of energy,” says Batte. “Government is calling for greater diversification of energy sources to boost energy security. Renewable energy technologies and energy management initiatives have the potential to ensure a secure energy future for South Africa, as well as stimulating job creation and contributing to local economic development, skills transfer and capacity development.”


About Energy Indaba: Energy Indaba 2011 will be held from the 1 to 3 March 2011, at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference continues to grow and has become the foremost forum for debating Africa’s energy solutions and focuses on: African power suppliers; alternative and renewable energies; oil and gas; the legal and regulatory framework, and investment opportunities in African energy projects. The exhibition has become a significant market-place for African and international stakeholders doing business in Africa’s energy sector.

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NDT Level 4 – A kick start to a Revolution in NDT

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

The two day International Conference on Non Destructive Testing and Industrial Quality held on 10-11 October 2010 concluded successfully at Dubai. The much awaited conference and the NDT Expo were inaugurated by Mr. Steven Nabil El Assaad, CEO & President of Al Sulaimi Group Holding. The Conference was scheduled in 4 sessions with a total of 12 paper presenters who astounded the audience with their presentation on various interesting topics. The event posed as a right stopover for the delegates and visitors to share and discuss information and ideas. NDT Level 4 conference is the first ever NDT conference to be organized in the UAE.

Besides the much awaited conference the major highlight of the event was the Global Excellence Awards ceremony which dazzled the most happening maritime hub of the world, Dubai on 11th October 2010. With more glitz and awe the award ceremony saw the stalwarts of the NDT industry come together to celebrate the outstanding contributions from the veterans of the industry. The glittering award ceremony was inaugurated by Mr. Ruurd Sybren Abma, COO, Ras Al Khaimah Gas Commission (RAK Gas) and Mr. Sohan Roy S.K., CEO, Aries Group of Companies.

Award Winners for various categories include “Best Training Institute” by “Global Training Institute”, “Group Five Construction” won the “Best Service Provider” award and “American Society of Non Destructive Testing” won the “Best NDT Organization” Award. “The Project Manager” award was given to “Mohammed Daoud, Manager (Projects & Quality Management), Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO)”. The “Best Training Video” award was won by “Emirates Technical and Safety Development Centre- ETSDC”. “Best QHSE Award” was bestowed upon “Unger Steel Middle East FZE”. “Euro Mechanical” won the “Best Calibration Facility” Award, “Turgen International” was bestowed upon the “Best Equipment Dealer” award. “Sonatest of Gammatec NDT Supplies” was awarded the “Most Popular Product” award. “NITON of Hillsborough Scientific & Technical Equipment Trading” was proclaimed as the “Most Innovative Product”. “Al Sulaimi Group Holding” was awarded the “Best NDT firm” award. “Velosi” was awarded the “Best Third Party Inspection Agency” and finally, the “Best Publication” award was bestowed upon “Gulf Oil & Gas”.

Winners of the Global Excellence Awards

Two Lifetime Achievement Awards were given out during the award night ceremony. Mr. Arvind Bhide, Director, Bhide Institute of Testing Technology was honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award in NDT Service” and Mr. Shyam A Bhatia, Chairman, Alam Steel was honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award in Entrepreneurship”. Global Excellence Awards was star studded where the crime of the NDT industry mesmerized the night with their presence.

NDT Level 4 is sponsored by Al Sulaimi Group and Hi Tech Inspection Services LLC, Silver partners for the event are Velosi and Modsonic, Bronze sponsors include The Gammatec Group of Companies, Olympus, EECI, Turgen International, Sigma Enterprises LLC, Sonatest, Phoenix and Oserix and Event associates include Dash Inspectorate Pvt Ltd, NDTS, Stork Cooperheat, ICM, Alfatech FZC, Albanna Engineering, Hillsborough, Kodak Industrex products. The conference Delegate Kit sponsor and registration area sponsor is BCTS and Beta Inspection Services respectively. Global Excellence Award sponsor is EIL (Emirates Industrial Laboratory). Award Nite registration area is sponsored by GE and Euro Mechanical. The event has been supported by The American Welding Society. Event Media partners are Petromin, The Marine World, Going to, Petrofinder, Bodo’s Power Systems, Gulf Oil and, Bvents, Oil Offshore Marine, Alexander’s Gas & Oil Connections. Also, the Event Intelligence support is provided by Aries NDT Division, UAE.

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Emerging and Frontier Markets Investment 2010 Conference in Singapore

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Analysing investment-stature of emerging and frontier markets, as well as exploring opportunities and challenges present in this highly promising economy

SALVO Global announces Emerging & Frontier Markets Investment 2010 conference, which will be held on July 5th – 6th 2010 in Singapore.

Top global investment officers along with all those who share a keen interest on emerging and frontier markets investment will attend the SALVO Global’s Global Learning Academy 2010 conference.

Emerging and Frontier Markets are suitable for long-term investors as it allows them to avoid “putting all their eggs’ in one basket and thereby increasing the risk of portfolio decline that will be generated by trends in developed markets. However, emerging and frontier markets can give investors a roller coaster ride – risk of political, economic instability, volatile stock markets. Efficient due diligence is essential and requires an in-depth knowledge of its investment potential.

Emerging & Frontier Markets Investment 2010 will provide an alternative investment opportunity for ‘high-risk, high-reward’ seeking investors across the globe with local expertise and insights that are invaluable in understanding the complex, opaque systems that often characterize these rapidly changing markets. Also provides and exclusive opportunity to develop business relationships and network between industry peers, institutional investors, limited partners and providers of investment advisory/information services from the world’s most influential businesses and organizations. Only the best speakers will be featured in this programme!

Conference speakers are scheduled to include: Wambia Capital LLC & Global Africa Fund Management, Eurasia Capital Management (Kazakhstan), Leopard Capital (Cambodia), Leopard Capital (Sri Lanka), Advance Emerging Capital Limited (UK), Prudential Vietnam Fund Management (Singapore) and many more. Conference participation is by invitation only, in an attempt to preserve quality of the event’s networking encounters. Registration is exclusive so that networking value is retained at the middle to top executive level of delegation and the highest caliber of interaction is ensured among attendees and sponsors.

Regularly updated information on ‘Emerging & Frontier Markets Investment 2010’ conference can be found at


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Medical Tourism Summit 2010, Maltese Experience

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Last year Europe Business Assembly (EBA) held a highly successful medical tourism summit in Malta, with nearly 100 senior figures from 19 countries gathering to discuss the sector.
The second Malta Medical Tourism Summit, 2 – 6 June 2010, St. Julian’s (Malta) at the Corinthia San Gorg Hotel and Business Centre, is set to bring together many senior figures within the industry. The events of the forum will be held under intellectual and organizing support of the Government of the Republic as well as leading medical institutions of Malta – St. James and St. Phillip Hospitals.

The official organizer of the summit “Europe Business Assembly (United Kingdom) under the auspices of ‘Malta Enterprise’ Corporation (Malta). The Europe Business Assembly (EBA) is an independent international project-development and management organization. EBA runs multi-national business events worldwide.

International speakers leading an interactive forum
Our international panel of expert speakers in the field will be sharing their thoughts and experiences on topics such as:
-The dynamics of the current medical tourism marketplace
-Implementation of cross border healthcare collaborations
-Regulation and accreditation, currently and in the future
-More effective marketing, addressing the issues and capitalising on the opportunities

Participants. Methodologists and coordinators of medical tourism; Tourist and advertising agencies; Private and public hospitals, Clinics, Medical organizations and associations, Ministries of tourism and healthcare, Insurance companies in the field of healthcare and tourism, Hotels, Spa institutions, Global corporations.

Become a speaker. Targeted audience for businesses offering medical services; 19 countries from CIS and Central/Eastern Europe; Chance to present your medical product and services and to host the next Medical Tourism summit in your country or even at your office

To view the agenda and speaker list as it stands, go to Please note that information will be regularly updated as we confirm speakers leading up to the event itself.

Partnership and sponsorship. A wide range of cost-effective and innovative partnership and sponsorship options are available to help you make the most of an association with this well-attended and prestigious trade event.

Contact information:

Europe Business Assembly (EBA)
2 Empress Court, Paradise Street, Oxford, England, OX11HF
44(0)1865794362; 44(0)1865 251211
Contact person: Marina Naumova, EBA International Manager

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Counter-Trend Expansion – CAE-Specialist ITI Starts International Expansion in Europe

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Dresden/Germany, 31 August 2009 – ITI GmbH, international leader in virtual system engineering, today announces its debut in Great Britain. The foundation of ITI Northern Europe Limited enables the company to extend its presence on international markets and to provide its customers in Northern Europe with class-leading levels of service support, sales and customer-orientation. ITI also announces the expansion of its Headquarters in Dresden/Germany; software development will be continuously strengthened. Counter the general economic trend, the company performed well in the first half of the year and is financially set for further expansion with sales running stable and an increasing global demand for ITI simulation solutions.

For many years with more than 25 selected distributors on three continents, ITI has been cooperating with a successful network of stand-alone, state-of-the-art partners dedicated to the sales and service of SimulationX, the standard multi-domain software for system simulation. The establishment of the UK facility in Milton Keynes is a debut in ITI history thus tightening its international market position. The new subsidiary has already started operation and acts independently in local sales, marketing, and human resources development. Simulation solutions are provided and supported for SimulationX customers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Chris Litchfield becomes Business and Sales Manager for Northern Europe and will be supported by Emmanuel Domingues, Technical Manager. Each of them brings more than eight years experience in delivering system simulation solutions to a wide range of industries.

We want to advance our commitment to ITI customers in Northern Europe by providing the world’s highest level of satisfaction in service support and sales of SimulationX thus implementing true innovations together. Our aim is to become a key player on the European CAE market within the next two years, said Jens O. Schindler, ITI Managing Director, about the aims of the new facility. “In the past years ITI strengthened its position as a leader in virtual system engineering and became an internationally-demanded engineering partner, adds Dr. Andreas Uhlig, ITI Managing Director, and further explains: “With highly-qualified people and financial strength we are ready for new investments to expand our business. The establishment of the subsidiary is a milestone in ITI’s company history.

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For more than 18 years ITI has been one of the internationally leading companies for the virtual system engineering. The software SimulationX is applied by engineers and scientists at more than 600 well-known companies such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, Continental, Schaeffler, Siemens, Demag, Husky, Nikon, Mitsubishi and Liebherr. SimulationX is also widely used in academics and research world-wide. Main fields of application are power engineering, Power transmission, fluid power, mechanical engineering, power generation and automotive. Apart from this ITI supports its clients in the field of research and development of high-technology with engineering and consulting services. In the field of real-time and HiL test-system applications ITI provides turnkey projects and references for various companies including CNH, Putzmeister or Hoerbiger. Further information on

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The Launched of BCM Professional’s Guide: Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2008/9

Friday, August 7th, 2009


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The Launched of BCM Professional’s Guide: Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2008/9

Singapore, 5th Aug 2009 The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2008/09; A Code of Practice for Business Continuity Management is now available in Chinese!

Since the launch of the BCI GPG in English seven years back, there has been demands from the Chinese community in Asia such as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia to have it translated into bilingual version. Business Continuity Planning Asia Pte Ltd (BCP Asia) has taken the lead to translate the entire guide and published the first version of bilingual copy.

This guide address the entire Business Continuity Management Life Cycle, from Programme Management, Understanding the Organizations to Embedding BCM in the organization’s culture. It provides the basis for the current BCM standards : British Standard BS25999-1:2006 and Singapore SS540:2008. Both BCM standards adopted the general framework and practices in the guide during their early stage of development.

Lyndon Bird, FBCI, International Technical Director of The Business Continuity Institute said The Good Practice Guidelines has always set itself the challenge of providing a world-view of the rapidly emerging business continuity discipline in one single publication. Business Continuity certainly is growing rapidly on a global basis and fast becoming a mainstream business discipline. It has its own standards, its own institutions, and its own influence on governments. It has a global reach and a message that is understood from Europe to America, from Asia to Africa. It’s principles work for multi-national corporations and small businesses, for public as well as private sector organizations and in all geographical and political climates. The BCI is always at the front of this development, in ideas and practical tools.

Henry Ee, FBCI, Regional Director of Business Continuity Institute Asia; Director of Business Continuity Planning Asia Pte Ltd (BCP Asia) adds “This version of BCI GPG offers you a handy and comprehensive publication on the generic framework, an effective study guide for the BCI Certification Examination, and its exclusive bilingual feature!

This handy guide is the must-read guide for candidates who wish to take the BCI certification exam and obtain the professional certification in Business Continuity. It is also intended for use by BCM practitioners, risk managers, auditors and regulators with a working knowledge of BCM principles. The principles in these guidelines are applicable to all organizations of any size, sector and location from those with a single site to those with a global presence.

More than 500 copies have been sold across Asia since the launch of the book in mid-May 2009. BCP Asia is looking for distributors to market the books to major bookstores in Asia, making the guide more readily available in the market and benefit all. Interested distributors or to place order you can contact BCP Asia directly at (65)63252080 or email :

About the Publisher

Business Continuity Planning Asia (BCP Asia) is founded in Y2000, with the aim to promote and increase awareness of Business Continuity to professionals in the Asian region. The company is specialised in consultancy, training and coaching services pertaining to Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Crisis Management. With a team of experienced trainers and consultants, BCP Asia develops trainings and events that are relevant and practical which benefited thousands of professionals in Asia; many who returned for more training.

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Energy Harvesting Without Batteries By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Energy harvesting is the conversion of ambient energy into electricity to power small electric and electronic devices, making them self-sufficient, often for decades. It is popularly believed that energy harvesting always calls for a battery, albeit a smaller, longer lasting rechargeable one. That is what gives you the electronic wristwatch powered by solar cells. Such a battery will last up to ten years. In some cases, 20 year primary batteries such as lithium thionyl chloride versions can be used but they have their own challenges.

Usually, dispensing with any form of battery can give even longer life, lower cost, smaller size, greater reliability, convenience, labour saving and reduced environmental problems. Little wonder that NASA has made many advances in this direction. Life of hundreds of years can even be contemplated and over twenty years is immediately achievable. That is what your bicycle dynamo does, with or without a capacitor to give you some light in the moments after you stop pedaling. That is what the clockwork lanterns for Africa do – the energy is stored in a spring and presented at constant torque to a generator when required. Indeed, it is possible that the microbial fuel cells burning dirt that are planned by Harvard University as an alternative approach to lighting in Africa will operate without batteries.

EnOcean Alliance

Similarly successful are the piezoelectric light switches from the EnOcean Alliance of over 70 members offering interchangeable battery-free, wireless products. Indeed, the Lighting Switch TM in the USA is a similar device, in this case based on piezoelectric advances at NASA. Over 500,000 wireless, battery-free electronic building controls and similar products have been sold to date.  That includes sensors and actuators for blinds and vents, mainly reliant on piezoelectrics and photovoltaics. The EnOcean Dolphin TM range even has two way signalling and next comes complete Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN).

Wireless Sensor Networks
Figure: Basic wireless sensor network
Source IDTechEx report “Wireless Sensor Networks 2009-2019″

WSN are self organising, self healing mesh networks that may one day monitor whole forests, utility networks and buildings with billions of sensors that are inaccessible or impractical to visit for battery replacement, even replacement of a rechargeable battery every ten years. They use a lot of energy – sometimes over 100mW and approaching the load of a PDA or mobile phone. Consequently, the primary batteries currently used in WSN sometimes last only a few weeks. Accordingly, the race is on for battery-free WSN.

This may not be as tough as it seems, because WSN turn the whole world of electronics on its head. They pass very small packets of data down the line and they are set up to do this only when convenient, such as when a node comes in range.  None of your real time megabits here. They are not needed. An extension of this principle might be to transmit only when the energy harvester is working. That limitation may be ameliorated by using more than one energy harvester. For example, the WSN node could harvest vibration when there is no sunshine.

Energy harvesting tolerant electronics

All this opens up the market for energy harvesting tolerant electronics – now a topic of research in many parts of the world.  This covers electronics that is two things: much lower power so as to put less demand on the harvesting and tolerant of highly variable, intermittent voltages and currents that are unpredictable. For example, the University of Bologna and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are working on the mathematics of so called “Lazy Scheduling for Energy Harvesting Sensor Nodes”.

Battery free energy harvesting radio transmitter

On the hardware side, Kansas State University engineers are supporting Peregrine Semiconductor with its idea of an energy-harvesting radio. It will transmit important data without ever needing a change of batteries. Bill Kuhn, K-State professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Xiaohu Zhang, master’s student in electrical engineering, are developing this device.

“This type of radio technology may exist in your house, for instance if you have a temperature sensor outside that radios data to a display inside,” Kuhn said. “But those devices need to have their batteries changed. This radio doesn’t.”

Peregrine Semiconductor is looking at possible applications for the technology. This could include monitoring stress, temperature and pressure on bridges and other structures. Ron Reedy, Peregrine’s chief technical officer, said that fulfilling this vision of autonomous sensors requires highly integrated, low power radio chips. These are the kind that K-State and Peregrine have demonstrated to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Peregrine’s trademarked UltraCMOS silicon-on-sapphire technology.

K-State engineers are addressing the design challenges and creating a demonstration to test how far the signals can travel from the sensors. Firstly, Zhang constructed a demonstration board using solar cells from inexpensive calculators to power the radio. The board had capacitors that capture and store the light energy to power the radio without a battery. Electrochemical, mechanical or thermal energy are also in the frame. The demonstration board included a microprocessor to store data before transmission via radio. The radio used is the “Mars chip” that Professor Kuhn helped develop in a successful project that K-State, Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Peregrine Semiconductor did for NASA. They designed a micro transceiver to use on Mars rovers and scouts.

When the stored data are ready to be transmitted in the model, the radio sends out a data-burst every five seconds.  Frequencies, timing and wake-up commands are now being optimised for the anticipated environment.

Rechargeable batteries still needed

Although these elegant, battery-free energy harvesting solutions will rapidly gain market share, there will still be huge markets for energy harvesting involving rechargeable batteries. For at least ten more years, they will be needed where considerable power storage and/or high security of supply is required for example.  Here the new laminar lithium batteries are an exciting innovation. Some are only 0.1 millimeters thick: others come with the interfacing electronics and/or capacitors for smoothing all in one unit. There is no danger of fire or explosion with the tiny amounts of lithium employed and the format means that recharging time is unusually short. True, some only guarantee 1000 recharges but others can achieve one million recharges as long as they are not deep ones. Transparent, flexible printed batteries are being developed by NEC working with Waseda University in Japan. They charge in only one minute, which opens up interesting possibilities given the advent of transparent photovoltaics as shown below and even transparent printed logic from Hewlett Packard and others.

Figure: Transparent rechargeable battery from NEC and Waseda University on left and transparent photovoltaics from AIST Japan on right
Source Waseda University and AIST Tsukuba

The new energy harvesting industry is now ready to sell products in volume, leading to a multi-billion dollar business in ten years as detailed in the new IDTechEx report “Energy Harvesting 2009-2019″. IDTechEx is therefore staging a conference with the emphasis on potential customers saying what they want, the market potential and the technological roadmap. This will serve users, investors, designers, new entrants and all others in the energy harvesting value chain. The conference is called Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe 2009 and it takes place in Cambridge University UK on June 3-4. There are optional Masterclasses before and after, an exhibition and visits to local centres of excellence. See

For more information on the topic please contact the author Dr. Peter Harrop at  or to find out more about the Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe 2009 conference please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Corinne Jennings at

IDTechEx Dates:
Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009| April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany
Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany
Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK
RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK
Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan
Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA
RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA
Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA
Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA