New Development Can Lead to Greener IoT Devices  

New Development Can Lead to Greener IoT Devices  

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Research from Simon Fraser University suggests that Internet of Things (IoT) devices can be made more sustainable by developing self-powered, printable smart sensors from emerging semiconductors.

Professor Vincenzo Pecunia, leader of the research at Simon Fraser University, commented: “Equipping everyday objects and environments with intelligence via smart sensors would allow us to make more informed decisions as we go about in our daily lives.

“Conventional semiconductor technologies require complex, energy-intensity, and expensive processing, but printable semiconductors can deliver electronics with a much lower carbon footprint and cost since they can be processed by printing or coating, which require much lower energy and materials consumption.”

Pecunia believes that pioneering printable electronics using energy obtained from the environment, such as ambient light or ubiquitous radiofrequency signals, could be critical to decarbonizing the production of IoT devices, essentially charging their smart sensor out of thin air.

“Based on recent breakthroughs, we anticipate that printable semiconductors could play a key role in realizing the full sustainability potential of the Internet of Things by delivering self-powered sensors for smart homes, smart buildings and smart cities, as well as for manufacturing and industry.” He explained, as reported by

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