Usually the power is stored as electricity.
Batteryless and Wireless can realize less waste. No battery replacement and recharging save labor and cost.
They contribute for sustainable society and improve corporate value.
Energy Harvesting - System architecture
There are different architectures possible defined by the applications power demand and safety requirements.
TDK offers an extensive range of electronic components for Energy Harvesting application's.
The TDK complete solution includes Harvesting Unit (Solar Cells) plus the Energy Storage (CeraCharge).
in addition several Sensors and others Passive Components.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has already transformed society in areas including smart homes, wearables, medical devices, manufacturing, infrastructure, and transportation. There are currently billions of connected IoT devices,
Delivery of sufficient power and energy to autonomous systems is a key requirement for their success.
From simple gadgets to complex devices for the industrial IoT – they all require compact, reliable and extremely safe power supplies.
TDK Solar Cells (BCS series) are thin, lightweight, flexible, amorphous silicon-type film solar cells in circular or quadrangle shapes. The BCS Solar Cells offer high power generation efficiency under fluorescent lamps and LED light sources with output stability in low and dim light conditions. These solar cells help reduce the cost of battery replacement and wiring while extending the life of the primary battery and the usage time of rechargeable devices. There is no equipment damage or environmental pollution due to liquid leakage. The clean-energy BCS Solar Cells from TDK are suitable as a power source for indoor products.
TDK amorphous silicon film solar cell
~ Light Weight, Thin Thickness, Mechanical Flexibility ~
|TDK Solar Cell:
|Sheet Bending Capability
|Capable to make Notches, Slits, Holes, Windows
Install in thin, narrow, small space
Geometrical design free
Put on curved surface
|TDK Parts Number
|Cells in Series
|Output @ 200Lx
|Open Circuit Voltage
CeraCharge™ - Rechargeable SMD Solid-State Batteries
CeraCharge™, the world’s first Rechargeable SMD Solid-State Batteries, is a new technology that meets all these demands.
Life today would be unimaginable without batteries and accumulators using a wide variety of technologies and with widely differing capacities. The Internet of Things in all its facets will in future require billions of special power supplies tailored to the requirements of new ultra-low-power semiconductors and sensors. These devices must function for years, independently of external power supplies, by using energy-harvesting technologies. The demands made on energy storage media are as follows: small dimensions, rechargeability, intrinsically safe, easy to assemble, low cost and long service life. Not all of these requirements can be met simultaneously using currently available technologies. For many applications, the TDK CeraCharge now offers a way out of this dilemma. Unlike most common technologies, this involves a solid-state rechargeable battery with no liquid electrolyte through which the lithium ions move during charging or discharging. CeraCharge is based on a multilayer technology, similar to MLCC.
Thanks to this technology, a relatively high energy density and smallest volume are combined with the safety and high volume manufacturing benefits of ceramic multilayer components. In addition, the use of a solid ceramic electrolyte rules out the risks of fire, explosion, or the leakage of liquid electrolyte.
Simple process thanks to SMT-compatible design
CeraCharge is the world’s first rechargeable battery to be designed as an SMT-compatible component. Accordingly, this results in further advantages such as easy placement of components and the use of conventional reflow soldering processes, which in turn reduces the production costs of the devices using CeraCharge. Initially, the CeraCharge is available in an EIA 1812 package (4.5 mm x 3.2 mm x 1.1 mm). This component offers a capacity of 100 µAh at a rated voltage of 1.5 V.
Rechargeable Multilayer Ceramic Chip Battery
General technical data
|Typical operating voltage Vop1)
|Maximum charge voltage1)
|Nominal discharge current
1) It is recommended to operate below 1.6 V. In case cycle lifetime degradation is acceptable, it is also possible to charge up to 1.8 V.
2) At ambient condition 25 °C and relative humidity less than 60%