For the launch of the fourth annual EDF Pulse Awards, we interviewed previous winners in the Start-up Box.
The concept: the winners answered our questions about their vision for innovation and recorded some words of encouragement for future applicants in the video booth built by the fab lab Draft
Interview with Enerbee co-founder Jérôme Delamare, whose work was recognised at the 2015 EDF Pulse Awards.
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Electromagnetism expert Jérôme Delamare co-founded Enerbee. He partnered with experienced entrepreneur Pierre Coulombeau, and together they designed a miniature generator that captures energy from the slightest movements, using it to wirelessly power devices such as remote controls, watches, mobile phones, and more. The flick of a wrist, the vibrations produced by walking, or even the rotation of bicycle tyres are now sources of energy.
The EnerBee micro-generator recovers both magnetic and piezoelectric energy. Movement makes the magnets turn, causing variations in a magnetic field. These then change the shape of a magnetic material which in turn acts on a piezoelectric material to produce electricity. EnerBee works with a wide variety of slow or rapid movements (rotation, translation, etc.) both remotely and with contact. This is how EnerBee is able to power small, low-energy devices that usually run off of button cells or micro-batteries. The start-up's objective is to replace the 30 billion button cells sold every year. An economical, useful and ecological idea for supplying the connected devices that are becoming a part of our everyday lives.
"Be useful, that's what counts" - Yves Le Henaff, founder de Kawantech.
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