EnOcean and TI Expand Energy-Harvesting R&D

June 16, 2010

Through the cooperation agreement, the companies will jointly create technology enabling self-powered wireless sensor networks well suited for building automation.

Boston, MA -- EnOcean and Texas Instruments (TI) announced the expansion of their cooperation to provide innovative wireless solutions for building automation. Through this agreement, the companies will jointly create solutions enabling self-powered wireless sensor networks. To further optimize its product portfolio, EnOcean will integrate TI components in its energy-efficient wireless modules. EnOcean's battery-less wireless technology harvests energy from its surroundings, including motion, light, or differences in temperature, and enables new ecologically minded self-powered wireless applications.

"In Texas Instruments, we have a strong partner, optimally supporting our innovative and self-powered wireless solutions with its ultra-low-power components," said EnOcean's CEO Markus Brehler. "Together we can effectively develop market-driven energy-harvesting wireless module solutions, which are an ideal basis for automation systems in sustainable buildings."

Making Buildings More Energy-Efficient
TI and EnOcean have collaborated since 2005, and TI components have been implemented in a variety of EnOcean modules. TI has also been a member of the EnOcean Alliance since 2008, working with other members of the alliance on energy-efficient solutions for green buildings.

"Energy harvesting wireless technology reduces the installation cost of lighting, heating/air conditioning control and monitoring by up to 70%. This technology enables long-term energy conservation and sustainability for our customers," said Laurent Giai-Miniet, General Manager of TI's low-power RF business unit. "Cooperation with EnOcean is an important step toward gaining a firm foothold in a fast-growing market. The deciding factor in the expansion of our relationship with EnOcean was their proven expertise of energy harvesting technology, with wide market experience and a broad customer base."

About EnOcean
EnOcean, the "inventor of wireless, energy harvesting sensor networks," manufactures energy harvesting and radio modules that enable OEMs to develop sensors and switches for building automation systems. The batteryless radio modules convert ambient solar, thermo, and motion energy into useable electrical energy that powers building energy management systems. These peel-n-stick devices reduce the time, cost, and occupant disruption of energy conservation retrofits, and provide unparalleled flexibility in new construction. The company is a spin-off of Siemens AG, and U.S. operations are based in Boston, MA.

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