Menlo Park – MATRIX Industries, the materials science pioneers and creators of the only body-heat powered wearables, are today announcing the world’s first all-in-one integrated thermoelectric energy PowerStation to power anything from nothing. PowerStation was developed to provide companies with the ability to integrate and leverage MATRIX’s leading energy harvesting technology into their own existing hardware such as IoT sensors, beacons and more. Whereas PowerWatch relies on body heat to energize the wearable, PowerStation generates energy from the ubiquitous temperature fluctuations in the ambient air around it.
At launch, MATRIX is already working with several partners – including government agencies, transportation companies and more – to integrate PowerStation into their existing infrastructure, ensuring clean and reliable always-on power when they need it.
“The whole connected world that everyone is talking about – this is where it begins,” said Akram Boukai, Cofounder and CEO at MATRIX. “If some new innovations are dubbed magical, PowerStation is black magic!”
The solid-state PowerStation solution perfectly pairs with IoT sensors and beacons, allowing for easy deployment and maintenance of thousands of beacons at once – defying the biggest deterrent of smart-city adoption yet; i.e. deploying, maintaining and powering the smart city. Similarly to PowerWatch which set the stage to eliminate the biggest consumer hesitancies to wearables, PowerStation is encouraging smart technology adoption in the enterprise with its seamless integration and charge-free solution.
PowerStation was designed with three of MATRIX’s proprietary innovations:
- MATRIX Gemini TEG – Gemini, a tiny thermoelectric generator, produces energy from small temperature changes and is 30% more efficient than any other TEGs.
- MATRIX Mercury Boost Converter – While other boost converters waste 70% of the power they generate, Mercury, the powerful boost converter that amplifies electrical output produced by Gemini, is nearly 3x more efficient and boasts the lowest startup voltage input on the market.
- MATRIX Luna Phase Change Material – Luna is a revolutionary material that converts time-varying temperature fluctuations into a spatial temperature gradient, helping convert even the smallest ambient temperature changes (~2°C) into electricity.
“PowerWatch eliminated the need and annoyance of charging your device because you were always powering it,” said Douglas Tham, Co-founder and CTO at MATRIX. “As long as you wear PowerWatch, it remains on. But with PowerStation, you don’t even need an obvious source of energy. It’s literally powering something from nothing. “The only limits to this technology are your imagination.”
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About MATRIX Industries:
MATRIX is a Silicon Valley materials science company, founded in 2011, that is committed to radically re-engineering consumers’ wearable experiences. The team of experts in thermoelectric material science, thermal engineering, and consumer product development and manufacturing, consists of Ph.D. graduates from CalTech, MIT, Harvard and UCSD, and 25+ years of experience in manufacturing and shipping leading technology.