Dracula Technologies turns ambient light into energy with printed solar cells – TechCrunch

A bat-shaped organic photovoltaic module from Dracula Technologies

IoT devices are on the rise, making everyday tasks more convenient for many people – but that comes at a price. The United Nations anticipates the amount of electronic waste produced worldwide Reaching 52.2 million tons this year, and a sizeable part of it is dead batteries.

Dracula Technologies, a French startup that is currently Exhibit virtually at Computex, wants to help with its inkjet printed organic photovoltaic technology (OPV, or organic solar cells). Dracula Technologies OPV modules called LAYER (or Light As Your Energetic Response) run indoors with natural or artificial ambient light and can be used to power low-consumption indoor devices. Since they are printed and not made of silicon, the shape of the OPV modules is more adaptable and, unlike many batteries, no rare earths or heavy metals are used. Instead, the modules are made from carbon-based material.

Not only is LAYER better for the environment, it’s also more economical – the company claims it can cut total cost of ownership four times compared to batteries.

Dracula Technologies is currently working with manufacturers including a partnership with Japanese semiconductor company Renesas Electronics and AND Technology Research (ANDtr). Build a self-sufficient, battery-less IoT device who can send messages to a mobile app via BLE.

Dracula Technologies was founded in 2011 after a project in collaboration with the CEA (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives or the French Commission for Alternative Energy and Atomic Energy), a public research organization. Chief Executive Officer Brice Cruchon recognized the commercial potential of the technology and after six years of research and development, LAYER was supported by the Hello Tomorrow program for deep tech startups

So far, Dracula Technologies has a total of 4.4 million that Dracula Technologies uses to increase the production of its photovoltaic modules in the pre-industrial phase. The company plans to move into the industrial phase in 2024 with the goal of producing millions of modules per year.

MGI Digital, a company for digital printing and processing technology, and ISRA Cards, which produces high-quality electronic cards (such as licenses or gift and loyalty cards), are industrial partners of Dracula Technologies. It is also part of the Solar Impulse Foundation’s # 1000 Solutions, a guide to green energy solutions that can be implemented on a large scale.

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