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The Perpetua Power Puck(TM) receives prestigious recognition as one of the year’s 100 most technologically significant products
July 20, 2009 CORVALLIS, OR - Perpetua Power Source Technologies, Inc. (Perpetua), a leading provider of renewable energy solutions for wireless sensors, announced today that R&D Magazine has selected the Perpetua Power Puck for its prestigious 2009 R&D 100 Award.
“We are excited to be part of this impressive group of R&D 100 award winners,” said Perpetua’s president, Jon Hofmeister. “A large number of people contributed to develop this important product, including our partners who provided valuable input throughout its development, first helping outline what their ideal solution would comprise, and then testing to ensure that the Perpetua Power Puck met their requirements.”
The R&D 100 Award was founded by R&D Magazine in 1963 to promote the 100 most technically innovative products developed each year in applications as diverse as environmental sciences, energy devices, semiconductor, software, and communications. The award is highly regarded in the global scientific and technology R&D community. Each year over a thousand applications enter this competition and only the top 100 innovations are selected to receive the award for their significant contribution to technology commercialization.
Based on technology exclusively licensed from Battelle Memorial Institute, operator of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Perpetua Power Puck is the first product line based on Perpetua’s Flexible Thermoelectric Film(TM) technology. The modules collect, store and deliver regulated energy for wireless sensors by harvesting renewable energy from naturally occurring temperature differences in various indoor and outdoor environments. Depending on available temperature differences, this “renewable battery” module is capable of delivering a constant 3 to 6 volts or more for the lifetime of most wireless sensor devices. Simply affix the Power Puck to a warm surface for years of renewable energy.
“Our goal setting out was to develop a plug and play renewable power source that would greatly extend battery life or replace batteries altogether in wireless sensors,” said Hofmeister. “The battery replacement problem in wireless sensors is one of the largest obstacles for wireless sensor systems and the Perpetua Power Puck provides a robust solution. In addition, we are proud that these renewable solutions will contribute to less batteries being deposed of in landfills,” Hofmeister added.
Perpetua received the R&D 100 award in partnership with PNNL.
About Perpetua Power Source Technologies, Inc.
Perpetua is a leading provider of renewable energy solutions for wireless sensors. By extending the life of batteries, and in some cases replacing batteries altogether, Perpetua’s products enable wireless sensor users to collect more data over time and offer more opportunities to operate autonomously in diverse environments.