EnOcean GmbH, based in Oberhaching, Germany is the originator of patented self-powered wireless technology (energy harvesting). EnOcean pushes technology and environmental responsibility to the limits. EnOcean modules combine micro-energy converters with ultra-low power electronics and reliable wireless communications. This enables EnOcean customers to create self-powered wireless sensor solutions that are fundamental for efficiently managing energy in buildings and industrial applications.
The company manufactures and markets maintenance-free wireless sensor solutions for use in buildings, industrial installations and smart home and consumer applications. EnOcean solutions are based on miniaturized energy converters, ultra-low power electronic circuitry and reliable wireless communication. Wireless components from EnOcean are already in use in over 300,000 buildings. EnOcean has a very strong patent portfolio.
The basic idea behind the innovative technology stems from a simple observation: where sensors capture measured values, the energy state constantly changes. When a switch is pressed, the temperature alters or the luminance level varies. All these operations generate enough energy to transmit wireless signals. Instead of batteries, EnOcean consequently uses miniaturized energy converters to supply power: linear motion converters, solar cells and thermal converters. These allow wireless operation in very different surroundings. Intelligent software stacks enable straightforward and simple integration of EnOcean technology in a large variety of user applications. The range of EnOcean wireless sensors is about 300 meters in the open and up to 30 meters inside buildings. Long range communications are under development.
The EnOcean Alliance is a consortium of companies working to further develop and promote self-powered wireless monitoring and control systems for sustainable buildings.