Ambient Photovoltaics for Self-Powered and Self-Aware IoT



As the number of Internet of Things devices is rapidly increasing, there is an urgent need for sustainable and efficient energy sources and management practices in ambient environments. In response, we developed a high-efficiency ambient photovoltaic based on sustainable non-toxic materials and present a full implementation of a long short-term memory (LSTM) based energy management using on-device prediction on IoT sensors solely powered by ambient light harvesters. The power is supplied by dye-sensitised photovoltaic cells based on a copper(II/I) electrolyte with an unprecedented power conversion efficiency at 38% and 1.0V open-circuit voltage at 1 000 lux (fluorescent lamp). The on-device LSTM predicts changing deployment environments and adapts its computational load accordingly to perpetually operate the energy-harvesting circuit and avoid power losses or brownouts. Harvesting ambient light combined with artificial intelligence gives the opportunity to make fully autonomous self-powered sensor devices for industry, healthcare, homes and smart cities.


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Ambient Photovoltaics for Self-Powered and Self-Aware IoT
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