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August 23rd, 2010

Ithaca's MicroGen Systems creates chip that harvests energy from rumble of traffic

Abstract:
A bridge studded with thousands of sensors to monitor its structural integrity would be "smart" only until the batteries ran out.

Then you'd have to buy thousands of new batteries, pay a bunch of people to change them and throw away all those dead batteries.

The costs — both monetary and environmental — can really add up over the lifetime of a bridge, a building, a jet engine, a vehicle tire or almost anything else you want to monitor.

A cheaper solution would transform the wireless sensor business. Robert Andosca believes he has it.

With help from New York state, Cornell University and the Clean Tech Center, in Syracuse, Andosca's Ithaca-based company, MicroGen Systems LLC, has developed a chip that harvests energy from vibrations.

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