Sol Chip combines solar power with microchip technology to harvest light energy for powering autonomous low-energy devices.

Sol Chip has developed a solar-charged battery and microchip to create a low-power Internet of Things communication module. With an integrated and rechargeable battery, Sol Chip’s products store solar energy, allowing continuous energy supply to low-power devices. Incorporating the battery into the chip-manufacturing process reduces overall system operation costs by more than 60% compared to market alternatives, and eliminates the need for battery replacements, according to the company.

Sol Chip’s products are being integrated into smart streetlights in Israel, where the aim is to give lamp posts their own IP address and the option to install motion sensors, pollution sensors and cameras.

Why you should care

The Internet of Things has the potential to connect more than 20 billion ‘things’ and devices to the internet by 2020. By integrating solar charging, storage and microprocessing abilities into a product that facilitates the development of autonomous and connected sensors, this innovation eliminates the constant need for new batteries, thus reducing environmental hazards and waste.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Good health and well-being

The solution enables new technology integration in healthcare, for instance, by powering smart monitoring wristbands.

Affordable and clean energy

The solar powered micro-battery is a clean alternative to traditional chemical batteries for storing energy.

Responsible consumption and production

Replacing disposable batteries with rechargeable solar chips will reduce the number of environmentally harmful batteries that are disposed in landfills.