Sol Chip, Tadiran to develop solar batteries for M2M

Solar energy specialist Sol Chip is to partner with lithium-battery manufacturer Tadiran on the development and marketing of solar batteries suited to a variety of M2M uses.

Describing itself as an “energy-harvesting company”, Sol Chip (Haifa, Israel) claims to have developed a maintenance-free solar battery, allowing devices and systems in a range of vertical markets to operate autonomously.

Tadiran’s (Lake Success, NY, USA) lithium batteries, meanwhile, are widely used to support utility meters, animal-tracking devices (in the agricultural sector), and asset and container tracking.

Noting that many outdoor wireless applications require long-life batteries, it hopes to take advantage of Sol Chip’s technology to improve its own range of products.

The companies believe that by working together they can potentially provide energy for the lifetime of various applications.

“This collaboration will provide the Internet of Things market with an important step forwards towards the autonomous clean operation of wireless sensors,” said Shani Keysar, the chief executive of Sol Chip.

Tadiran says it will cooperate with Sol Chip on the development and marketing of the new products and that it “foresees the potential of a millions unit market in the coming years”.