Examining IoT design for off-grid environments

Our goal of participating in the CES event (to be held in the U.S. in January 2023) is to convey prototype designs and technologies to the U.S. and other countries worldwide in order to introduce products originating from various applied technologies and development that have been implemented in conjunction with our Micropower Collection (MPC) technology, which is expected to contribute greatly to future industrial development around the globe based on new environmental concepts.
The theme that we have established for our participation in CES focuses on the current major social issues of urban environments and energy resources. Employing the new technological perspectives that have emerged from the extensive R&D that we have carried out on MPC, we will be exhibiting and announcing several prototypes and designs that may serve as a next-generation technological base for information communication and IoT design that proposes future ways of life in our ever-advancing information society.

An Off-Grid Future

In an era where advanced, highly-condensed information networks are in demand, as evidenced by the spread of the Internet, the acquisition and transmission of information is an absolute requirement, not only in urban environments but in all natural environments, from forests to oceans. During disasters, on the high seas, in remote locales…, a majority of these scenarios are off-grid environments, where services like electricity, gas and water are simply not available. As a proprietary electrical power collection technology, MPC provides a mechanism by which power can be continuously supplied to such locations. At CES2023, we will present various technologies and products that can contribute to the creation of natural life spaces and social environments based on the concept of “Off-The-Grid” design.

OFF-THE-GRID Design Themes Originating from MPC

Our MPC technology was developed for the purpose of obtaining the requisite power from the Nature that surrounds us as well as from within our daily lives. Many things that are essential to our lives cannot function without electricity, the lack of which then turns into a more obvious social issue during disasters and in off-grid environments such as remote areas. Through MPC, we are looking to contribute to society as a new energy-based industry that supports these off-grid scenes and spaces.

Micropower Collection is a technology that enables the collection of minute levels of electricity through current collectors (electrodes), with any natural object or material employed as a medium. Since MPC can provide continuous power, regardless of the weather and time of day, it will support society and lifestyles by enabling lighting, sensing, and information communication even in times of disaster or in environments without access to electricity, i.e., off the power grid. As a new technological domain in energy harvesting, MPC is expected to be effective for industrialization in diverse fields as well as in developing new markets on a global scale.

Development of new industrial domains using MPC

Charged module
MPC Cell
MPC Charger
OFF-GRID power development
MPC Plant On the ground, Under the ground
MPC Plant On the sea, Under the sea
Stand-alone lighting
Stand-alone Receiver and Transmitter node (MEC)
Environmental info acquisition
Stand-alone environmental sensors
KU-AN Electrically-independent housing
Stand-alone fire sensors
Disaster countermeasures
Stand-alone flood sensors
Electric power transportation
Reuse of resources
Power collection using compost
Acquisition of data on plant growth
Electrical sensing
Air quality surveys
Scattering the sensor