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The role of energy harvesting is now better understood than ever

Over the last two or three years I have seen a rapid maturing of industry’s understanding of the potential, pitfalls and practicalities of energy harvesting technology. This process has paralleled the development of use cases for the Internet of Things, and this isn’t surprising, as it is largely for IoT applications that energy harvesting will be developed. If millions – or billions – of devices are going to be connected to the Internet, mostly doing pretty basic things like measuring and communicating a value for one or two specific physical characteristics, then it would be hugely helpful if they didn’t all need wiring up, or need their batteries changing every few days or weeks.

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