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This innovative solar technology even operates with indoor lighting.
February 14, 2018 - Fairport, NY, USA: Saelig Company,
Inc., (Saelig) (www.saelig.com) has
introduced the patented Sol Chip Saturn802 Energy Harvester IC - a unique photovoltaic (PV)
cell which can produce output voltage levels of 0.75 V, 1.5 V, 2.25 V,
3.0 V, 4.5 V, and 9 V, which existing solar cells cannot do. The maximum
power which can be obtained in full daylight is around 10 mW, or 55 μW in office
lighting, so the Saturn802 IC is targeted at low-power applications. The size of the
die is approximately 1 cm by 1 cm, and the stable voltage levels are available
from separate pins of the device. The IC can be used with or without a back-up battery.
Sol Chip's unique technology integrates solar energy conversion principles with very
large scale integration (VLSI) techniques to produce a unique ambient light harvesting
device that combines photovoltaic layer and microchip circuitry in layers on the same
substrate. Although solar cells have been around for a long time, with microchips
being the mainstay of electronic devices, no company in the semiconductor industry has
successfully integrated solar cells with standard chip manufacturing processes in a cost
The Sol Chip Energy Harvester allows designers to build low-powered products that
can recharge themselves. All that is needed is a small window in the product design
or a transparent cover to allow light to reach the surface-mounted Saturn802 chip. This
eliminates the need for a battery in low power products, thus removing maintenance and
environmental waste issues. Incorporating the Sol Chip Energy Harvester in product designs
is ideal for hard-to-reach locations where battery use and routine replacement is inconvenient
or prohibitively expensive.
Applications suited to the Saturn802 include wireless sensor networks, drip-irrigation
systems, wearable electronics, smart city solutions like parking or security and utility
meters, data loggers, shelf labeling, GPS emergency locators, animal tracking devices,
GPS asset/container tracking, autonomous environmental and pollution measurement devices,
and RFID devices. Saturn802 designs can operate continuously for more than ten years
with no maintenance requirements. In wireless products this also eliminates the
significant costs and time associated with wiring connections for the deployed sensors,
reducing system cost of ownership.
Forming an "everlasting battery", the Saturn802 solar cells are available on an evaluation
board, the Eval-802, allowing users to develop their own power regulation circuitry for
handling differing light and load conditions. For a ready-made solar solution using
the Saturn802 cell, the SCP-2801 board provides all necessary circuitry to provide constant
Made in Israel by Sol Chip Ltd., an innovative solar products manufacturer, the Sol
Chip Saturn802 Energy Harvester IC and the SCP-2801 Evaluation Kit are available now
from Saelig Co. Inc., Sol Chip's authorized North American distributor. For detailed
specifications, free technical assistance, or additional information, please contact
(toll-free in the US) 1-888-7SAELIG, via email:
or visit www.saelig.com
About Saelig Company, Inc.
Founded in 1988 in Rochester, New York, Saelig is a North American distributor with
a growing reputation for finding and sourcing unique, easy-to-use control and instrumentation
products and related active components, for use in a variety of industries. Products
lines are continuously added from sources across the globe, and are offered at highly
competitive prices, accompanied by full in-house technical support, exceptional customer
service, and fast delivery. For full details of available product lines, please visit
Saelig Company, Inc.
71 Perinton Parkway
USA Toll-Free: (888) 7-SAELIG
Tel: (585) 385-1750
Posted February 16, 2018