Nanoscale Energy Harvesting - Nano-Boxx: Energy Production from Chips to MW

J. Birmingham
Birmingham Technologies,
United States

Keywords: energy harvesting, nanotechnology, self-powered chips


As humans, our reliance on lithium-ion batteries proves dangerous. From mission critical technology to consumer electronics, we are one dead battery away from being cut off from the rest of the world. Birmingham Technologies (BT) has developed a power generation device that constantly recharges from ambient room heat—providing a continuous on-the-go power supply. Our Nano-Boxx technology replaces lithium-ion batteries. Our latest Nano-Boxx data has produced 1550 Watts per liter which outperforms lithium-ion batteries (e.g. 1220 watts per liter) by almost 40%. Due to the scalable layered printed design, the Nano-Boxx can be applied to Internet-of-Things (IoT) self-powered chips to MW power generators. Our data indicates an 11 year operational life.We have been demonstrating this technology at a Japanese University for almost two years. The U.S. Government has funded this effort for $23M to date. Our initial military market focus is to reduce the burden of batteries for warfighter electronics. Currently, the warfighter carries over 16 pounds of batteries. The BT goal is to reduce this weight to below 4 pounds. Our commercial focus is to supply self-recharging Nano-Boxxes for cell phones because BT has eliminated the issues plaguing electrochemical batteries. Currently, our Designed BT environmental samplers integrated with NBC Sensors are powered by a Nano-Boxx to create a self-powered IoT sensor web. Since conventional semiconductor fabrication techniques are too expensive to produce a Nano-Boxx with real-world power production, BT developed the Nanofactory - a 4-D additive manufacturing nanostructured material printing system, We do not need an energy miracle, we need a Nano-Boxx produced by a Nanofactory to meet our energy needs.