Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Sensing

Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Sensing

03 Sep 2012

Innovative UK companies are invited to bid for Government funding of up to £1 million for feasibility studies which aim to demonstrate, in a commercial setting, the application of energy harvesting technologies for autonomous sensing.

The grant funding, from the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board ( will enable companies to explore the opportunities created by energy harvesting to extend the life of batteries in devices, or to eliminate the need for batteries altogether.

The development of technologies which enable electronic devices to power themselves independently or to supplement existing battery technology by scavenging energy from their environments – energy harvesting – represents a considerable challenge and an exciting innovation opportunity.

Potential applications extend across many industry sectors and commercial activities including marine, automotive, aerospace, environmental monitoring, subterranean and subsea, harsh & hostile environments.  Closer to home they could be found in building & home automation, process monitoring in manufacturing, condition monitoring of machines and infrastructure with embedded devices, medical devices and consumer electronics.

The feasibility and demonstration projects must be undertaken by a consortium of at least two partners, one of which can be an academic institution, but the project must be led by a business, which can be of any size.  Projects are expected to last 6 to 18 months and grant funding of up to 75% will be available, with a maximum grant of £100,000 for each project.

The competition opens on 8 October 2012 and applicants must register their interest by 28 November 2012.  The deadline for the receipt of applications is 5 December 2012.  A briefing day for potential applicants will be held on 23 October 2012.  For further information please visit:

View the press release including notes to editors here


Last updated on Monday 03 September 2012 at 15:55

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