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Market Trends: Energy Harvesting Devices Support Remote Sensor Nodes on the Internet of Things

Published: 05 November 2013

ID: G00258190

Analyst(s): Steve Ohr


Many remote sensor nodes on the Internet of Things must be self-powered. The expense and inefficiency of energy harvesters inhibit casual use. Technology and service providers must position energy harvesting in support of condition monitoring applications.

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Market Trend

  • The Market Is Seeing Startups and Small Companies Developing Three Types of Ambient Energy Harvesters for the IoT
    • Light-Harvesting Sensors
    • Vibration Energy Harvesting
    • Thermal Energy Generators
  • Market Structure Trend
    • The Market Structure Follows the Same Patterns as Industrial Controls
  • Buyers Trend
    • Buyers are Slowly Putting the Technology to Use
  • Technology Trend
    • Technology Evolution Requires Continued Research and Development

Contrarian View

  • Research and Development May Offer Alternatives to Current-Generation Energy-Harvesting Techniques

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