Electronics integration in disposable medical and wearable medical devices has become increasingly important. The button or coin cell power sources used are difficult to recycle, toxic or dangerous to the environment. The development of safe and ecological devices is often a barrier to the progression of single-use and single-patient devices.
BeFC offer a sustainable and eco-friendly solution for practical energy generation whilst minimising impact to the environment. We believe our approach will not only allow the replacement of batteries for existing applications, but also open up new opportunities for low-power ultra-thin health monitoring, logistics / transportation monitoring, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
We have invented a paper-based, ultra-thin, flexible and miniature bioenzymatic fuel cell system. Our technology uses biological catalysts instead of chemical or expensive noble metal catalysts to convert natural substrates such as glucose and oxygen into electricity.
Our products exploit enzymes, carbon electrodes and paper microfluidics, all of which provide a sustainable and environmentally-friendly method of generating energy. The devices can be operated with just a drop of solution, from tap water to biological fluids.
BeFC technology is suited to low-power applications; where sensor data is collected and processed quasi-continuously, and then intermittently transmitted via wireless protocols. Wearables, single-use / single-patient devices as well as connected packaging and logistics are also examples of market applications.
BeFC, winner of the EDF pulse challenge 2020 !