Sol Chip, a portfolio company of The Trendlines Group, announced a collaboration agreement with Tadiran Batteries for solar battery development and marketing cooperation. Founded in 2009, Sol Chip is an energy-harvesting company that has developed a maintenance-free Everlasting Solar Battery. Sol Chip’s technology provides a platform for disruptive technological applications, such as precision agriculture and Internet of Things (IoT). Sol Chip’s technology is designed to enable autonomous operation of devices and systems powered by a “plug and play” solar energy source.
Tadiran Batteries (a fully owned subsidiary of SAFT) is a manufacturer of a wide line of lithium batteries. Tadiran batteries are widely used for a variety of applications including AMR utility meters, System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), data loggers, GPS emergency locators, animal tracking devices, GPS asset/container tracking, GPS vehicle tracking, environmental measurement, and RFID devices.
Many of these outdoor wireless applications such as wireless sensors, RF tags, GPS require a long-life battery. For such applications, Tadiran sees the potential value of Sol Chip’s Energy Harvester that can charge Tadiran’s batteries, thus enabling autonomous, maintenance-free operation. The combination of Sol Chip’s Energy Harvester and Tadiran’s battery can potentially provide energy for the lifetime of the application.
Tadiran will cooperate with Sol-Chip in development and marketing. Tadiran foresees the potential of a millions unit market in the coming years.