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Micro-Energy Day 2013 - Winter session


Last Monday 16th December, UAB celebrated the Microenergy Day 2013 with a winter edition of the "Microenergy cafe" at the popular "Cafe Setè Cel" in Cerdanyola del Vallès.
In this occasion (from left to right in the pictures), Perdro Gómez-Romero (ICN2), David Jiménez (DEE-UAB), Luis Fonseca (IMB-CNM-CSIC) and Gabriel Abadal (DEE-UAB), were discussing around a cup of coffee about the Zeropower concepts, the need to investigate in reducing power consumption in ICTs and the oportunities brought by nanoscience and nanotechnology in this field.
Watch the video!

Micro-Energy Day 2013

The fourth edition of the Micro-Energy day will take place on the 27th of June 2013, in the framework of the 2013 European Sustainable Energy Week (
Single individuals, groups, and institutions are invited to join the ZEROPOWER community in celebrating the Micro-Energy day.
On June 27 UNIPG (NiPS Laboratory) will organize a Science Cafè in Perugia, at the Bistro of Palazzo della Penna, where young researchers will discuss with colleagues and wide public their activities on microenergies and the future perspectives in this field.

NANOENERGY2013 International Conference

The first International Conference on Nanoenergy will be held in Perugia (Italy) in July 10-13, 2013.
NANOENERGY2013 has the aim to bring together researchers, engineers, academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world and from different disciplines interested in the subject of micro and nanoscale energies.
Energy at small scales is a cross-disciplinary field that covers both theoretical and experimental aspects of fundamental and applied sciences ranging from nanotechnology to statistical physics, from computer science to biomedicine.
This conference, supported by the European Commission through the “Toward zero power” initiative, provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration.
More information is available at

ZEROPOWER Workshop - Barcelona, 16-18 October 2012

A networking workshop will be held at UAB to bring together academia, industry and politicians interested in low power ICT devices, energy efficient ICT systems and energy harvesting.

More information and registration are available at .

Micro Energy Day 2012

On June 21st NiPS will celebrate the third Micro-Energy Day as part of the activities in the ZEROPOWER Coordination Action!
The initiative is presented in and is part of the initiatives organized during the 2012 European Sustainable Energy Week. 
Join us in Perugia, Barcelona, Wuerzburg and Delft to celebrate the importance of the microenergies in our daily life.
Microenergies are all those energies that are often disregarded as unimportant but instead play a significant role in our daily life. As an example… when you run out of battery in your mobile phone and really need to make that call !!! The amount of energy involved in this case is really very small compared to the energy that makes your car going but its absence appears to be very important to you…
In Perugia: join us in Piazza IV Novembre or at Percorso Verde at 17:00 and get your micro-energy balloon!

NiPS Summer School 2012 in Erice (Sicily-Italy) in July

The third edition of NiPS Summer School and Workshop devoted to "Energy harvesting at micro and nanoscales" will be held in Erice (Sicily - Italy) on 23-27 July 2012.
The school is open to graduate students, post-docs, young researchers, and in general to all scientists interested in the physical foundations and practical applications of energy harvesting at micro and nanoscales. As part of the school there is a workshop where the students and external participants can present the result of their research. The workshop covers a wider range of subjects under the title of “Energy harvesting: models and applications” and is open to contributions.
The event is organized by the Noise in Physical System Laboratory (Dipartimento di Fisica - Università di Perugia) and is supported by European Commission under the FET Proactive Coordination and Support Action ZEROPOWER.
Previous editions of NiPS Summer School have seen the participation of more then 50 students and young researchers from all over the world.
Please visit the following link for information, contacts and registration .

ZEROPOWER Workshop - Glasgow, 3-4 July 2012

The second edition of the ZEOPOWER Workshop will be held in Glasgow (UK) on 3-4 July 2012.
This international conference, organized by the ZEROPOWER Consortium, is open to all scientists interested in ICT-Energy issues, with specific focus on “TowardZero-PowerICT” objectives. The ZEROPOWER Workshop will welcome the participation from European academia and industry, together with a significant contribution from outside Europe, with the aim to consult with the broader research community on “TowardZero-PowerICT” issues.
More information on the workshop venue and agenda are available at

Energy Harvesting 2012, London - 28th March


Date: Wednesday 28th March 2012, 9:30am-4:15pm
Location: Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD



The Energy Harvesting Network is holding its second one-day dissemination event on 28th March 2012 at Hamilton House, London.

The Network is funded by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council) and joins academic and industrial researchers and end-users of energy harvesting (EH) technology.

The event will provide a platform for disseminating energy-harvesting advances in the UK, and contain presentations from well-respected speakers in academia and industry, demonstrations from companies, and posters from postgraduate research students.

Registration: Registration for the event costs GBP50, although a discounted rate of GBP25 is available for attendees from academia. This registration fee is waived for a small number of PhD students that bring and present a poster - please note that space for posters is very limited, opportunities (and the waived registration fee) are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The posters will be judged, and a "Best Poster" prize of a GBP100 Amazon voucher will be awarded at the end of the event.

The provisional agenda for the event together with more information about registration can be found at .

Innovation Convention 2011


The European Commission is organizing on 5-6 December 2011 its first Innovation Convention, as an essential part of the Innovation Union flagship initiative.

Research and innovation are the main motors for sustainable job creation and the only way to achieve a sustainable exit from the current economic crisis.  This conference will bring together world leading experts in research and innovation to share their views on building a global innovation economy.

The Innovation Convention 2011 will be led by the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science.

It will be Europe's premier innovation event, with 1,200 or more selected participants.



ZEROPOWER Workshop in Cork, October 26-27, 2011



ZEROPOWER Workshop will be held in Cork, Oct 26-27 2011.

ZEROPOWER is a Coordination and support action funded by European Union, with the aim to create a coordination activity among consortia involved in “Toward Zero-Power ICT” research projects (FET proactive call FP7-ICT-2009-5, Objective 8.6) and communities of scientists interested in energy harvesting and low power, energy efficient ICT.

Next ZEROPOWER Workshop is finalized to build the emerging ICT-Energy related community, at networking existing “energy efficiency” national, regional or international activities/programmes in view of exploiting synergies, maximizing impact and contributing to the definition of international cooperation strategies and/or the development of research collaborations.

The Workshop will start on Oct 26 morning and foresees 6 overview talks, several focused talks and a PhD session.

An intervention from a representative of European Commission is foreseen on the 26th, together with an overview on the research projects involved in ZEROPOWER Consortium (NANOPOWER, Green Si and SiNAPS).


Please find here the Workshop agenda.


For more information please visit


Please find below the list of speakers and the slides of talks available for download.




List of speakers


Gabriel Abadal-Berini (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Zeropower Solutions based on Integrated M/NOEMS Resonators Nanopiezotronics

Eduard Alarcon (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) Co-design of Power Management Circuits and Nano-energy Harvesters

Markys Cain (NPL) Energy Harvesting Metrology Programme

Francesco Cottone (ESIEE) Buckled Beam Oscillators for Vibration Harvesting

Fritz Falk (EPFL) Silicon Nanowire Solar Cells

Isabelle Ferain (Tyndall) Junctionless Nanowire Field Effect Transistors

Lourdes Ferre-Llin (University of Glasgow) Nanoelectronic TE Energy Generation

Fabian Hartmann (Universität Würzburg) Noise-enhanced Transport in Nanoelectronic Devices

Adrian Ionescu  (EPFL) Guardian Angels FET Flagship Project

Maher Kayal (EPFL) Energy Management in SiNAPS

Naser Khosro Pour (EPFL) Electronics Implementation of Energy Management in SiNAPS

Francesco Orfei (Università di Perugia) Vibration Powered Wireless Sensor and Performance Comparison

Alan O'Riordan (Tyndall) Gold Nanowires as Future Low-Power Sensors

Merid Legesse (Tyndall) Atomic-scale Modelling for Solar Energy Materials

Miquel López-Suárez (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Graphene-Based Energy Harvesting

Björn Sothmann (Université de Genève) Noise-induced Currents in Open Quantum Dots

James Rohan (Tyndall) Materials and Nano-architectures for Energy Storage

Saibal Roy (Tyndall) Vibrational Energy Harvesting

Helios Vocca (Università di Perugia) Energy Harvesting with Nonlinear Piezoelectric Microscillators


EC Initiatives


Francisco Ibanèz-Gallardo (EC, FET Proactive Unit) FET in the ICT Workprogramme 2011-2012

Giorgos Fagas SiNAPS: Semiconducting Nanowire Platform for Autonomous Sensors

Luca Gammaitoni ZEROPOWER Coordination Action

                            Nanopower: Nanoscale energy management for powering ICT devices

Douglas Paul Green Si: Generate Renewable Energy Efficiently using Nanofabricated Silicon