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'Energy harvest' startup aims to power wireless systems

Published: 
24 September 2004
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Perpetuum, a new spin-out company from the School of Electronics and Computer Science, has raised capital from the venture capitalists, IP2IPO Group plc. Perpetuum is developing integrated microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) that harvest vibrational energy from the environment, which can then release the energy to run systems. The company aims to address the desire for small, lower power and wireless electronic devices, many of which currently depend on batteries. Perpetuum's self-powered microsystems are capable of generating power indefinitely, without maintenance or pollution. The company is able to produce fully integrated self-powered silicon integrated circuits that can interact with their environment and transmit data via a wireless link. Perpetuum's founders are Professor Neil White, Steve Beeby, John Tudor, and Nick Harris, who have worked together for over 15 years in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. 'Perpetuum represents the culmination of many years of research and development,' said Professor White. 'The formation of the company will enable us to respond to strong customer demand from many different sectors. I am delighted that IP2IPO has been involved with the company, and I look forward to working with the team to accelerate Perpetuum's development.' IP2IPO has acquired a 28.2 per cent stake in Perpetuum.

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