8power wins Innovate UK contract to develop business case for self-powered sensors

Forth Road Bridge image, credit Bermrunner/ShutterstockCambridge, UK, 15th December 2016 – 8power is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, to support the development of the company’s autonomous, self-powered sensors for smart infrastructure.

The contract funds a collaborative project led by 8power and supported by Costain and the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at the University of Cambridge. It aims to develop a sustainable, scalable business case for the deployment of sensors in a range of industrial, infrastructure and construction applications.

The benefits that wireless sensors offer in many markets are well understood. Remote monitoring of infrastructure can reduce asset management costs by avoiding frequent visual or manual inspection. It can enhance safety by limiting the need to access dangerous sites, and by detecting problems, in real-time, as they occur. Sensing and monitoring can also extend the operational life of existing infrastructure. Wireless sensors are often favoured over wired sensors as they can be much lower cost and easier to install.

“We are delighted that the funding from Innovate UK allows us to work with CSIC and Costain on this project. Their involvement as leading innovators will show the way to use smart sensors to address challenging issues of costs, safety and compliance. This should prepare us for trial deployments in a range of applications during 2017” said Dr Antony Rix, CEO of 8power.

Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director, CSIC, added “Having been instrumental in the early work which resulted in 8power spinning out, CSIC is delighted to be supporting the company in this next phase of development of its technology and business. Solutions such as this form a key component of the digital ecosystem required to deliver Smart Infrastructure.”

Photo credit: Forth Road Bridge, Bermrunner/Shutterstock ©.

About 8power

8power is a new start-up company commercialising novel vibration energy harvesting (VEH) technology developed by researchers from the University of Cambridge. The target markets for the technology are self-powered wireless and IoT devices for sensing and measurement in industrial applications.

VEH enables power to be generated from a variety of vibration sources including motors, moving vehicles, or traffic-induced movement in structures such as bridges. The patented technology delivers 10 times higher electrical power than existing VEH systems by employing the principle of parametric resonance. This exciting discovery was pioneered by leading academics at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at the University of Cambridge.

For more information, please contact 8power.