Energy Harvesting Product

ZF introduces its innovative wireless and battery-less energy harvesting technology

Image of ZF's Energy Harvesting ProductIn today's increasingly connected world, there is a strong demand for easy and flexible data transmission with low-energy consumption. ZF's innovative wireless and battery-less energy harvesting technology provides effective solutions in a variety of environments and applications. Energy harvesting applications can be found in almost every market sector, including industrial and building automation, smart home, and medical. These products provide a cost effective alternative to wired or battery-powered solutions, eliminating the need for wires, cables and batteries. Compatible with multiple protocols, the products are suitable for global use being offered in 868 MHz, 915 MHz, and 2.4 GHz. As there is no need to change or dispose of batteries, the solution is both environmentally friendly and maintenance-free.

Energy harvesting can be described as an 'operation without any auxiliary energy'. Instead of generating auxiliary energy through an integrated energy source or adding it via an external energy supply, the switch uses its own actuation mechanics to create its own energy. The actuation process moves a magnet around a coil, thus creating and storing energy.

That energy is then transmitted using a switching signal to a wireless receiver via RF electronics. The advantages of the system are that the switch can be placed anywhere without the need for any wires. Over its whole life cycle it will fulfill its function completely maintenance-free and without any need to replace a battery. The RF switch is fed with different input parameters and is capable of reacting to its environment.

RF Switches for Industrial Automation PDFs
  • Generator available with or without RF electronics and receiver
  • Small size with high-energy efficiency
  • Wireless data transfer via 868 MHz or 915 MHz
  • Energy is created just by mechanical actuation of the switch
  • Also available as a rocker or pushbutton switch

Development Kit

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionAvailable QuantityView Details
ENG KIT ENERGY HARVESTING EVALAFIK-5002ENG KIT ENERGY HARVESTING EVAL5 - ImmediateView Details

Energy Harvesting Product

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionAvailable Quantity
ENERGY HARVESTING SNAP SWITCHAFIS-5002ENERGY HARVESTING SNAP SWITCH74 - ImmediateView Details
ENERGY HARVESTING ROCKER SWITCHAFIS-5003ENERGY HARVESTING ROCKER SWITCH118 - ImmediateView Details
ENERGY HARVESTING GENERATORAFIG-0007ENERGY HARVESTING GENERATOR189 - ImmediateView Details
ENERGY HRV GEN W/RF ZF PRO ANTAFIM-5002ENERGY HRV GEN W/RF ZF PRO ANT52 - ImmediateView Details
RECEIVER MODULE ONLY WIRE ANTAFZE-5004RECEIVER MODULE ONLY WIRE ANT160 - ImmediateView Details
RECEIVER MOD W/HSG RS232 TTL ANTAFZE-5003RECEIVER MOD W/HSG RS232 TTL ANT28 - ImmediateView Details
Published: 2015-09-28