Energy Harvesting Road Test Design Challenge Gets Into Gear

         Energy Harvesting Road Test Design Challenge Gets Into Gear

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, April 25, 2013

LONDON, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

element14 launches its latest green design challengeEnergy Harvesting
Solutionson Earth Day 2013, with seven competitors from around the world
competing to develop an innovative energy harvesting solution with the most
potential for real-world application.

Selected from over 75 entrants, the competitors are developing projects that
use Energy Harvesting technology to either replace a device that uses battery
or mains power, or utilise an entirely new design with the help of Wurth
Elektronik's collaborativeEnergy Harvesting Solution to Go Kit,in
partnership with Energy Micro and Linear Technology, supplied by element14.

The ultimate winner, to be announced in July, will be judged on the potential
of the prototype to be practical to the point where it can be developed into
genuine and mainstream products. The quality of supporting content produced
during the course of the competition, including blogs, videos and designs will
also be considered in the final judging process.

The projects under development demonstrate the diverse interests and
backgrounds of element14's community of engineers, including a
gesture-activated remote control, a battery-less carbon monoxide detector, a
homebrew monitoring kit that harvests the excess heat from fermentation to
power the monitor and an innovative solution for powering an artificial
reptile environment.

"We've really enjoyed receiving the huge range of different project proposals
from engineers across the globe over the last few months," said Dianne Kibbey,
Global Head of Community, element14. "Selecting the final seven competitors
was a difficult process, but we're very excited to see how the projects
develop over the next few months. Choosing the final winner will be even
tougher, but with an innovative product with green credentials taking shape
from the result, the winner could have a big impact. There are strong
implications for the environment in the development of low power devices that
don't require the use of batteries."

element14 hosted a Google Hangout where competitors' discussed their plans
and any questions with Energy Micro's Filip Dovland.

" Newark element14  is a high-service distributor of technology products and
solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair including an
extensive range of development kits, capacitors, resistors , connectors,
switches / relays, semi conductors and cables. "

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