Dublin solar cell technology company SolarPrint is showcasing a new light-energy harvesting multi-sensing device for CO2 and temperature control within buildings at the Open Innovation 2.0 conference in Dublin today. The Dublin start-up has teamed up with Intel labs Europe to create the device.
The Open Innovation 2.0 conference is taking place at Dublin Castle over the next two days. In tandem, a digital showcase is running at the Mansion House and is open to the public.
Founded in 2008, SolarPrint is developing dye sensitised solar cells (DSSC), a printable photovoltaic technology that converts light from any source into energy.
The company’s target is to power wireless devices for building energy management.
SolarPrint is involved in a research collaboration with Intel’s Energy and Sustainability Lab to create the light energy harvesting CO2 and temperature-sensing device. The goal of the project is to show how self-powered wireless sensors can be integrated into buildings in order to manage resources more efficiently.
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As part of its wider Sustainable Connected Cities initiative, Intel integrated SolarPrint’s light energy harvesters to develop a working prototype.
Roy Horgan from SolarPrint said the multi-sensor solution has the potential to be used in schools and public buildings to monitor and control CO2 and temperature levels in such buildings.
In December, SolarPrint raised €1m in funding to develop its technology. The investment came from Bank of Ireland Seed Capital, Kernel Capital and a group of private investors.