i.nanoEnergy offers a consulting, designing and prototyping service of energy harvesting solutions to feed small electronic devices.
i.nanoEnergy participates in the ESA Business Incubation Centre Portugal.
We develop custom-made flexible generators capable of converting wasted environmental energy into electricity. Our technological solutions allow the users to take advantage of heat, movement and vibrations to charge batteries or feed small devices, thereby improving the Internet of Things (IoT) sensing capabilities.
Taking advantage from our advanced knowledge and background formation in Physics, the i.nanoEnergy team offers to companies of various industrial areas the possibility to revolutionize their products, transforming them in a portable source of energy.
We are able to design and develop specific portable energy generators for specialized products, creating the most appropriate configuration for the desired application without compromising the device efficiency.
We have access to the best fabrication and testing facilities and techniques, allowing the production of high-quality efficient and competitive micro- and nano-generators.
PhD in Physics from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP) in 2006. João is currently the Vice-President of the Institute of Material Physics of the University of Porto (IFIMUP) and Vice -President of the Micro and Nano-Manufacturing Unit of the University of Porto (CEMUP-MNTEC). He is also a Visiting Professor and member of the Scientific Committee of the Master in Physics Engineering at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of FCUP.
PhD in Physics from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP) in 2010. André is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of FCUP, Assistant Researcher at the Institute of Material Physics of the University of Porto (IFIMUP) and a visiting academic member of the Imperial College of London, UK.
PhD in Physics from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP) in 2012. Mariana is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Physics at the Institute of Material Physics of the University of Porto (IFIMUP) and at the Institute of Optoelectronic Systems and Microtechnology of the Technical University of Madrid (ISOM-UPM), having specialized in the fabrication and characterization of metallic and insulator micro- and nano-materials by electrodeposition and sol-gel methods.
Cátia finished her Master degree in Physics Engineering at the Faculty of Science of the University of Porto (FCUP) in 2015, having specialized in the production and development of triboelectric nanogenerators capable of converting mechanical energy into electrical energy. Nowadays, she builds and tests prototypes of triboelectric generators that can feed several electronic components.
Dr. Manish Kumar received his doctoral degree in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He had worked at Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi (2009-12), as Assistant Professor at Central University of Rajasthan (2012-14), and as Senior Researcher at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea (2014-17). His research fields involve Thin films, Surface-interface effects, Plasma processes, and Nanomaterials for Optical/ Energy/ Bio-applications. At i.nanoEnergy, he is involved in development of novel nano generators for harsh environments. He is also founder director of ‘Organisation for Science Innovation and Research’ India.
With a Masters from the University of Aveiro in Materials Engineering, Joel Puga was a Researcher at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto in 2015-2016, where he was actively involved in research, development and characterization of devices and materials with technological applications in magneto caloric refrigeration, nanogeneration and thermal management devices. He was also leading the development of the thermoelectric and triboelectric technology, building and testing prototypes of portable energy generators for heat and vibration recovery.
Filipe and Miguel finished their Master degree in Physics Engineering at the Faculty of Science of the University of Porto (FCUP) in 2014, specializing in nanotechnology and nanofabrication. Both were founders of the i.nanoEnergy business idea, building and testing prototypes of portable energy generators for thermal and motion energy recovery. Filipe specialized on the fabrication and characterization of zinc oxide piezoelectric nanostructures for later implementation in piezoelectric nanogenerators. Miguel developed the thermoelectric technology, building and testing micro-/nano-generators, using nanomaterials of bismuth telluride.
Pedro and José finished their Master degree in Physics Engineering at the Faculty of Science of the University of Porto (FCUP) in 2015. Pedro specialized in nanotechnology, photolithography, and deposition and characterization of thermoelectric materials. During his master thesis he fabricated and characterized functional prototypes of flexible thermoelectric devices based on bismuth telluride and antimony telluride. He is currently a PhD student at the Autonomous University of Madrid and a researcher at the Institute of Microelectronics of Madrid – CSIC. José specialized in the development and characterization of piezoelectric nanogenerators based on nanostructures of zinc oxide and polyvinylidene fluoride. He is currently a PhD student at the Technical University of Madrid under the Horizon 2020 EU’s innovation and development program.
Alvita Žabaitė finished her Bachelor degree in Applied Physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the Kaunas University of Technology (KTU, Lithuania) in 2016. She specialized in analysis of the properties of nanocomposite thin films (DLC:Ag) by spectroscopic ellipsometry in the Institute of Materials Science (MMI, Lithuania). From July 2016 to February 2017 she was an Erasmus+ intern, automating and analyzing data related with triboelectric nanogenerators using MATLAB GUI program. Anastasia Pogrebnyak is currently studying Materials Engineering at the Technical Institute Georg Simon Ohm in Nueremberg, Germany. For her practical semester she came to inanoE as an Erasmus+ intern (from September 2016 to January 2017). She built and tested triboelectric as well as electromagnetic nanogenerators.
Starting in February 2014, the project was born from the dream of bringing together the scientific world to the industry. The ability to apply the skills and innovative technologies that are being developed by researchers with extensive experience was a must. With the participation in iUP25K, the i.nanoEnergy project began. The idea took us to the finals of this business idea competition, but this didn’t stop us. With the formulation of the idea and the business plan, the project was awarded two grants from IAPMEI entrepreneurship allowing the founders to start a technological development. Since then many advances have been made in the development of the first prototypes, creating partnerships and exposure of the project. Within one year of existence, i.nanoEnergy was already a finalist in two entrepreneurship contests, the iUP25k and IDEup, obtained two grants to support entrepreneurship, made several scientific presentations at international conferences (ANM 2014 and EDNANO 2014) and developed the first functional prototypes already with an applicable possibility.
In 2015 i.nanoEnergy participated in the UPTEC School of Startups (April to September), which allowed us to learn more about management, finance and pitch techniques, and opened the doors to new investors and partnerships. In May 2015 we also participated in the ClimateLaunchpad, the Europe’s largest cleantech business idea competition, in which we reached the national finals. Finally, in December 2015 we created the Startup InanoEnergy – Consulting, Design, Production and Application of Renewable Energy Solutions Ltd., and incubated in UPTEC. Since December 2015 we participate in the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre Portugal, which will last until December 2017.
During the first year of incubation at UPTEC and participation in the ESA BIC Portugal program, i.nanoEnergy developed two prototypes of micro-/nano-generators. One uses the hybridization of two different technologies to generate electricity while walking. The other uses a new technology with an innovative design (patent application in process) that allows the generation of energy with the movement of water. In addition to the development of prototypes, in 2016 i.nanoEnergy participated in the “Mentes que Brilham” program of Porto Canal, made several radio interviews and attended several events related to Energy and the Internet of Things (IoT), such as Green Bussiness Week, Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy, Microsoft IoT Summit, UPTEC Non-Stop – Product Showroom, ESA Couture in Orbit and 2nd Anniversary of ESA BIC Portugal. i.nanoEnergy was also one of the semi-finalists of the Acredita Portugal entrepreneurship competition, hosted two trainees from the Erasmus+ program, and attracted Repsol’s interest in the development of micro-generators in extreme conditions.
During the second year of incubation at UPTEC and participation in the ESA BIC Portugal program, i.nanoEnergy continued to develop prototypes of micro-/nano-generators. The most relevant include: i) a triboelectric sensor to be placed on the insole of a shoe and measure the pressure distribution exerted at the bottom of the foot while walking; ii) an energy generator that uses new technology with an innovative design (approved patent number WO 2017/158513 A1) to generate energy with the movement of a fluid. This last product attracted the interest of the company Águas do Porto, with which i.nanoEnergy began to work. In 2017, i.nanoEnergy also contacted several other companies, such as Autoeuropa, Fundación Repsol, InoDev and Efacec, participated in several events related to Energy and the Internet of Things (IoT), such as Cidade+, 1st KIC InnoEnergy Reverse Pitch, Porto Water Innovation Week, Workshop on Emerging Technologies for Energy and Training Workshops of the 6th Call of the Repsol Foundation Entrepreneurs Fund, made several interviews for the radio and participated in dissemination videos (inanoE – ESA BIC Portugal). In 2017, i.nanoEnergy also became a spin-off of the University of Porto, won a European project H2020 (739797 – HarshEnergy) with which it hired a doctoral researcher, was one of the 4 ideas selected in the 6th Call of the Entrepreneurs Fund of the Repsol Foundation, among the 354 proposals received from more than 20 countries, and was also the winner of the 3rd prize of the Splash Innovation Stage competition and the innoEnergy special prize of the same competition, which awarded the startup with the highest potential in terms of energy efficiency. At the end of 2017 i.nanoEnergy became one of the startups incubated at the Repsol Foundation, developing micro-generators to power small sensors/batteries in remote places and extreme conditions.
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The i.nanoEnergy focuses on the development of new solutions and technologies using innovative concepts and top scientific research.
We have a high capacity of functionalization and manipulation of various materials, having at our disposal state-of-the-art technology for the production and handling of micro- and nano-devices.
The i.nanoEnergy has advanced knowledge in materials with intrinsic properties of energy conversion, applying these in a revolutionary way into portable generation devices.
Our main objective is to manufacture flexible high-efficient devices, in order to provide higher energy autonomy and greater freedom to our users.
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