Dracula Technologies has created the first inkjet printed organic photovoltaic product.

In the future, there could be billions of sensors around us. You will need a lot of batteries that will need to be constantly charged. What if you could feed them yourself using ambient light?

Experts estimate that by 2025 the number of IoT devices, including sensors that collect real-time infrastructure and environmental data, could reach 75 billion worldwide. However, in the current environment, these sensors require batteries that need to be replaced frequently, which can be problematic for long-term monitoring. Many researchers are working on this issue, including at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who have developed photoelectric sensors that can potentially transmit data for many years before needing to be replaced.

The fourth industrial revolution relies on already widespread digital technologies such as connected devices, artificial intelligence, robotics and 3D printing. It is expected to become an important factor in the revolution in society, economy and culture. These small, autonomous, interconnected and often wireless devices are already playing a key role in our daily lives, helping to make us more resource and energy efficient, organized, safe, secure and healthy.

However, there is a serious problem: how to power these tiny devices. The obvious answer is “batteries”. But it’s not that easy. Energy harvesting is the key to a sustainable future. There are several technologies for using environmental energy to generate electricity. The company has chosen organic photovoltaic energy, the optimal solution for powering connected facilities with low energy consumption.

In a world of billions of IoT sensors predicted for 2025, we will end up throwing over 100 million batteries into landfills every day if we don’t extend battery life.

Dracula Technology

Dracula Technologies, founded in 2011, develops organic photovoltaic modules that do not harm the environment. In a world where there will be more than 75 billion connected objects by 2025, the Valence-based company has set itself the goal of powering low-power connected devices to limit the use of batteries, which are extremely harmful to the environment. Thin, flexible, customizable and able to generate power even in dark places, its modules can be integrated into various applications: IoT, sensors, trackers, remote controls… and various sectors: healthcare, connected buildings and homes, smart cards, industry or even traceability.

Their innovation strategy is based on creating value through intellectual property. They have already filed several patents to protect our technology, and several more are in the pipeline. Benefits of their innovation after more than 10 years of experience, from laboratory to industrial stage: The layer converts ambient light, natural or artificial, into electricity:

  • Uses the energy around you to power your IoT. Layer technology generates electricity from 5 lux, which corresponds to the light emitted by the emergency exit panel.
  • The industrial digital printing process allows for the creation of every imaginable shape.
  • No battery