Web of Issues units are proliferating, making each day duties extra handy for many individuals—however that comes at price. The United Nations expects the quantity of e-waste created globally to reach 52.2 million metric tons this 12 months, and a large portion of which might be lifeless batteries.
Dracula Technologies, a French startup that’s presently exhibiting virtually at Computex, needs to assist with its inkjet-printed natural photovoltaic (OPV, or natural photo voltaic cells) expertise. Referred to as LAYER (or Mild As Your Energetic Response), Dracula Applied sciences’ OPV modules run indoors on pure or synthetic ambient mild, and can be utilized to energy low-consumption indoor units. As a result of they’re printed and never manufactured from silicon, the OPV modules’ form is extra customizable and, not like many batteries, it doesn’t use uncommon earths or heavy metals. As an alternative, the modules are created from carbon-based materials.
Along with being higher for the setting, LAYER can also be extra economical—the corporate claims it might probably scale back the overall price of possession by 4 instances in comparison with batteries.
Dracula Applied sciences is presently working with producers, together with a partnership with Japanese semiconductor firm Renesas Electronics and AND Know-how Analysis (ANDtr) to create a self-powering, battery-less IoT device that may ship messages by BLE to a cell app.
Dracula Applied sciences was based in 2011, after a mission in collaboration with the CEA (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies options, or the French Various Energies and Atomic Power Fee), a public analysis group. Chief govt officer Brice Cruchon noticed the tech’s business potential and after six years of analysis and improvement, LAYER was launched by the Hello Tomorrow program for deep tech startups
Up to now, Dracula Applied sciences has raised a complete of 4.4 million euros (about $5.4 million USD), together with a 2 million euros spherical in 2016 from angel traders for a pilot line, and a pair of.4 million euros raised final 12 months from MGI Digital and ISRA Playing cards, which Dracula Applied sciences is utilizing to extend the manufacturing of its photovoltaic modules throughout its pre-industrialization stage. The corporate plans to maneuver to its industrial section in 2024, with the purpose of manufacturing hundreds of thousands of modules per 12 months.
MGI Digital, a digital printing and ending tech firm, and ISRA Playing cards, which makes high-value digital playing cards (like licenses or present and loyalty playing cards), are Dracula Applied sciences’ industrial companions. Additionally it is a part of the Photo voltaic Impulse Basis’s #1000 Options, a information to inexperienced power options that may be carried out on a big scale.