Grenoble, January 4th 2015 – EnerBee, the French startup that has invented and developed an unparalleled-worldwide micro-generator to replace smart-object batteries, will showcase the world’s premier batteryless, wireless module for rotary dimmers at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas 2016.
EnerBee was founded in Grenoble (France) in 2014. It has developed a ground-breaking micro generator – the world’s only device that can efficiently harvest energy from small and slow motions to power smart objects, and thus eliminate batteries.
Eliminate batteries in smart-home remote controls
In Spring 2015, the company had achieved to develop the world’s first rotary light dimmer demonstrator working without batteries nor power cables. EnerBee’s demonstrators had already retained the attention of many dimmer and smart lighting manufacturers, demanding batteryless solutions for residential or commercial smart lighting markets.
Today the EnerBee team presents the integration of this breakthrough technology into a turn-key rotary dimmer product for switches and smart light manufacturers. The Dimmer Module includes EnerBee’s multi-patented micro-generator, mechanical gearing and a wireless radio emitter, enabling manufacturers with fast and efficient integration in their products. EnerBee’s micro-generator uniqueness relies on its ability to convert the simple act of turning the dimmer knob to produce electricity. That electricity is then used to send commands and wirelessly control lights, that will either be switched on, off, or change their intensity.
Figure 1EnerBee module incorporated within a dimmer
Joining the ZigBee alliance
The EnerBee Dimmer Module uses ZigBee communication protocol which makes it compatible with a
wide range of smart light bulbs and solutions available on the marketplace. “I would like to welcome
EnerBee as an adopter member of the Alliance,” said John E. Osborne II, Chairman of the ZigBee
Alliance board. “With its innovative energy harvesting solutions, EnerBee serves beyond the smart
home market. I believe that their leadership in this industry will greatly benefit our members and
consumers of ZigBee products.”
EnerBee will start sampling in April 2016 and plans its production ramp-up in Q4 2016. CES visitors will
be able to discover the EnerBee module at Las Vegas from January 6th to January 9th.
EnerBee selected to be part of the Business France delegation
CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in
Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies
for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the
marketplace. For the 2nd consecutive year, Enerbee will showcase its products at Eureka Park (booth
#80538), the « innovation lab » of CES.
This year, EnerBee will be part of the official French Tech delegation. A selection has been carried out
by Business France to choose companies that have the most promising product innovation and a
strong potential to generate a business in the U.S market. EnerBee has been chosen by a jury of
experts to be part of it.
Founded in Grenoble (France) in March 2014, EnerBee is an industrial start-up developing motion-based energy-harvesting
solutions to replace batteries in industrial and consumer connected objects. The company is leveraging breakthroughs and
multi-patented technologies from leading research institutes: Grenoble INP, CNRS, UJF and CEA Leti. It is targeting an
enormous market encompassing several billion internet-connected or wireless-communicating objects – wristwatches,
handheld medical or sports devices, smart homes and buildings, RFID tags, automobile sensors, industrial systems and more
– where demand for autonomous power supplies is soaring, and an economical and environmental revolution is starting.
Twitter : @enerbee_harvest
About the Consumer Electronics Show:
CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. It will be held from January 6th
to January 9th in Las Vegas, USA. In 2015, more than 176,000 visitors from across the globe attended the fair. In 2016, 120
French start-ups will present their products.
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