Energy harvesting, wireless sensors and supercapacitors and the people who understand the potential of these innovative technologies will converge at Supercapacitors USA 2012 on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 in Washington D.C.

More than 70 speakers on the three topics will cover the range of technologies, supply chain topics and deployments in different verticals, from portable devices all the way to city-sized, large-scale implementations at the IdTechEx event.

“There is a natural convergence between the development of low power electronics and sustainable power-generation from ambient sources. Energy harvesting and storage technologies combine to enable new applications in a wide range of industries that benefit from improved performance characteristics over long periods of time. Existing applications are optimized and envisaged ones become possible.”

As an example, releasing sensors from wires while solving the limitations arising from the use of batteries enables their deployment in a multitude of applications that were not previously possible. Primary cell replacement issues, non-uniform power utilization schemes and environmental considerations become non-issues, a fact that allows for the integration of wireless sensor functionality, realizing performance and cost advantages over the lifetime of the applications.

Markets served include: Smart cities and civil infrastructure along with building and industrial integration; deployments in harsh environments such as oil and gas exploration, military and aerospace applications; applications in consumer electronics, healthcare and pharmaceuticals or transportation.

Adopters and technology developers will be discussing latest needs and developments, with participating speakers representing companies such as Shell, General Electric, OMRON, the Olympic Games Delivery Authority, BT Innovation Center; Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. Harvester developments will be discussed by EnOcean, 311 Corporation in Japan and the National Institute of Aerospace in the USA, wireless sensor developments will be covered by Columbia University’s “EnHANTs” project and the Oakridge National Laboratory while storage technologies will be covered by companies such as IPS, Nanocomp and Cella Energy.

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