Our BLE reference design features a compact and flexible PV module mounted to the circuit board via conductive epoxy.
This design can run with a battery, supercap, or bank of standard capacitors. The e-peas AEM10941 charges the storage element and manages the power delivered to the Nordic BLE device. A custom direct power output feature maximizes efficiency and storage when using capacitors.
A Flex PC version is available for applications that take full advantage of the thin/flexible nature of PowerFilm PV modules.
At 200 lux, this design supports the Nordic blinky, HRM, beacon, and OTA DFU example applications with power left over to implement additional functions.
Flexible Circuit Board
Rigid Circuit Board
BLE Reference Design - Mini
The mini BLE reference design features a smaller flexible PV cell mounted with FPC connector tabs. The panel tabs insert on the top side, and the panel is folded around and mounted to the backside.
This design is battery-less and relies on a 500uF capacitor bank for storage. A simple comparator-based circuit charges the capacitors and manages the power delivered to the Nordic BLE device.
At 200 lux, this design supports the Nordic blinky, HRM, and beacon example applications.
Solar Development Kits
Our energy harvesting solar development kits are ideal for your first prototyping step. They are total power management solutions that can power external electronics directly. With screw connectors and re-configurable jumper pins, you can set up and run your device with these
kits in under 5 minutes.
Solar Development Kit with e-peas PMIC and CAP-XX Supercapacitors (DEV-EPEAS-CAPXX) and Solar Development Kit (DEV-BASIC)
Solar Development Kit with Nordic BLE (DEV-BLE-NS)
The Solar Development Kit with Nordic BLE (DEV-BLE-NS) is perfect for developers looking to design or add PowerFilm’s high-performance solar to BLE products. It includes an onboard energy harvester/power management IC, nRF52832 BLE circuitry, solar panels, and all required components are plug-and-play.
No matter what stage of the development process you are in, we have the products and tools to help you succeed.
Our reference designs and standard flexible PV sizes provide a smooth transition from a prototype to a successful product.
If you have questions or an application you need help with, please contact us, and we will develop the best flexible PV energy harvesting solution for you.
Visit Mouser or Digi-Key to purchase our flexible PV cells and development kits.
Our blog is an excellent resource if you are interested in learning more about energy harvesting or solar technology in general.