Continuous research and development of energy harvesting technologies leading to the highest performing customized solutions with minimum investment, risk and time to market.
Energy Harvesting Systems
Energy-harvesting system components can be divided into two categories: “Power Only” and "Storage/Smart features".
The “Power Only” system consists of an electromagnetic Micro Generator and a mechanism that transforms kinetic energy into electricity. This system is well suited to supply energy for your devices and, if required, can work in synergy with your application to achieve different types of goals.
To expand the application features of the system, we can add rectification and power management electronics, capacitors or batteries for extended functionalities. This way, energy harvesters can supply DC voltage electricity to instantly power your device, and surplus energy can be stored for later use.
The energy harvesting system can also include actuators like valves and motors. Wireless communication electronics can be added to transmit and receive information and allow you to have a fully functional self-powered SMART device or sensor that can be operated remotely.
Micro-generators (up to 10W) convert the kinetic energy into electrical energy, which is used to create self-powered electronic (IoT) products.
Kinetron was founded by inventing the world’s smallest and energy-dense 4mm and 14 poles micro-generator for the Swiss watch industry.
Today the micro-generator is the beating heart of all our energy harvesting systems. We have the knowledge and capabilities to develop and manufacture customized multi-pole generators of different sizes, energy, and price levels.
Linear, rotational, or gravity (weight) mechanical systems are required to transfer the energy from motion into rotational mechanical energy needed by the micro-generator.
Micro-mechanical components are driving elements, gears, wheels, one-way clutches, spring systems, etc.
Turbine systems convert energy from fluids' flow (water, air) into the rotational mechanical energy required by the micro-generator.
We have over 20 years of experience and millions of turbine products worldwide in the gas water heater and sanitary market.
In combination with high-quality drinking water-approved materials, innovative designs lead to high-performing turbine products with high power output, low-pressure loss, and maintenance-free solutions.
ELECTRONICS & INTELLIGENCE
The electric energy generated by the mechanical or turbine generator system is efficiently rectified and, if required, stored into capacitors or rechargeable batteries to power the electronics of the self-powered product.
The system can be made more intelligent and connected by using signals from the generator (or from another type of sensors) and adding connectivity like Bluetooth, Zigbee, 868MHz, LoRa, LTE-M, NB-IoT, Sigfox, etc.
Micromotors, actuators and components
Energy harvesting systems can power actuators and components like micromotors, valves, lights, or sensors.
Kinetron has unique expertise in developing customized low-power micromotors, ideal solutions to be integrated with energy harvesting systems. By developing tailor-made micromotors for your specific application, we deliver the most efficient solution in both power requirements and output torque.
TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS OR APPLICATIONS?
We are eager to learn more about your business and possible applications for our technologies. Of course we are also available to answer questions and to supply more detailed information.