Initial experiments on energy harvesting in the Green-ISAS project to supply energy to sensors in industrial plant. Photograph: IMMS.
Initial experiments on energy harvesting in the Green-ISAS project to supply energy to sensors in industrial plant. Photograph: IMMS.

Green-ISAS

Basic technologies for autonomous sensor-actuator systems for Industry 4.0

Research on novel methods and technologies to enhance sensor-actuator systems to autonomous Industry 4.0 components

One key to unlock many Industry 4.0 applications is to be found in smart, autonomous sensor-actuator systems. In the Green-ISAS project, a range of broadly applicable solutions are being developed.

Modules and methods

The basic modules will be yoked together to achieve highly efficient design, construction, testing and operation of new systems. To facilitate future development of useful application-specific technological solutions, Green-ISAS is already at work on design and test methods and the implementation of modular hardware and software components.

Demonstrators for validation

In new combinations, such systems with the characteristics of independent intelligence, networking capacity and energy autonomy will be set up and validated in two demonstrators. For the purpose, research aspects of both microelectronics and mechatronics will be fused with those of computer science. By taking a holistic view of the sensor-actuator systems and the interaction of their components, the researchers hope to overcome the technical barriers between individual elements of a system.

Research foci

  • CMOS-based ultra low-power smart sensors
  • passive long-range UHF RFID frontends
  • design methods for optimal electromagnetic micro-energy harvesters
  • hardware and software to provide adaptive, distributed energy management in sensor-actuator systems
  • Funding

    Supported by the Free State of Thuringia and the European Social Fund.

Duration

2016 – 2018

Reference

2016 FGR 0055