Foxes: a new paradigm to power wireless IoT devices
FOXES is a EU-funded project that aims at establishing a new, eco-friendly paradigm for powering wireless devices of the Internet of Things (IoT). FOXES is an acronym for “Fully Oxide-based Zero-Emission and Portable Energy Supply”.
The goal of the project is to develop FOXES Power Cube – a compact 2 x 2 cm2 device that combine a high-efficiency solar cell with a multilayer capacitor and an energy management circuit able to ensure full energy-autonomous operation of an IoT sensor node. FOXES Power Cube will be lightweight, free from toxic or rare elements, and will have no negative environmental impact for its end-of-life.
FOXES realises a radically new paradigm for providing power generation for applications requiring energy autonomy ranging from sensor networks and IoT devices to mobile use in the transport sector, industrial settings and emergency situations.
Funded by the Horizon 2020 FET Proactive Programme with a budget of about four million Euro, the project builds on groundbreaking preliminary results of the project partners in different areas of material science, chemistry, technological processes and electronics.
FOXES will not only realize the first prototypes of FOXES Power Cube, but it will also define a roadmap for scaling up this technology, and develop the characterization methods necessary to ensure reliable fabrication, integration and operation of FOXES Power Cube in sensor nodes in real urban environments.
FOXES is a project of Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH (AT), Bergische Universität Wuppertal (DE), AMO GmbH (DE), UNINOVA – Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias (PT), and of the Universitat de Barcelona (ES).