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New ZEROPOWER science book on-line!

The preparation of a ZEROPOWER science textbook, where the main scientific concepts relevant to ICT-Energy issues and more specifically to “Towards Zero-Power ICT” concepts (from fundamentals to materials, devices and systems) are listed and discussed at a tutorial level, has been completed.
The book, entitled ICT-Energy, Concepts towards Zero-Power Information and Communication Technology, is published on-line with open access by InTech. The book is edited by Gabriel Abadal Berini, Giorgos Fagas, Luca Gammaitoni and Douglas Paul. It sees the participation of a number of authors belonging to the ZEROPWER scientific community at large.

E-­‐MRS 2014 Spring Meeting

The E-MRS Spring Meeting 2014 will be held for the first time in Lille (France) and will be the largest ever organized by E-MRS. 
The conference will include 30 parallel symposia, one plenary session, one exhibition and much more.


Mon, 2014-05-26 09:00 - Fri, 2014-05-30 18:00

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NANOPOWER Project ended. The reviewers comment is: excellent results!

(The NANOPOWER consortium. From left: Clivia Sotomayor Torres, Luca Gammaitoni, Markus Buttiker, Fabian Hartman, Bjorn Sothman, Jouni Ahopelto. Professor M. Buttiker, very sadly died on 4 October 2013).
The NANOPOWER project has completed the third year of activity and has reached the end of thefunded period.
It was initially conceived in order to address the powering issue in microscale electronic devices and we are glad to communicate that it has been fully developed according the initial plan. The scientific objective of this project was to study energy efficiency with the specific aim of identifying new directions for energy-harvesting technologies. With this aim, three different classes of prospective power generators have been considered in a coordinated effort by the six research groups composing the NANOPOWER consortium.
These are:
- nonlinear nanomechanical oscillators
- heat rectification devices
- quantum harvesters.

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UAB at Catalan Science Week

On Monday November 18th, G. Abadal (UAB) visited the Secondary School "IES Pere Calders" at the UAB Campus to give a talk entitled "The Crisis of the Microenergy. How far we are to see self-powered electronic devices?".
Click here for more infor on the event.
The lecture was framed in the 18th Science Week which is celebrated in Catalunya between the 15th and the 24th November 2013.
At the end of the talk, a flyer specially edited for the event was distributed to the young audience (between 16 and 17 years old).

G. Abadal (UAB) visited TU-Delft

Gabriel Abadal Berini (right), responsible of the UAB group, visited Warner Venstra (left) at Kavli Institute of Nanoscience TU-Delft (Dept. Quantum Nanoscience, group of Molecular Electronics and Devices) from 28 Oct. to 1 Nov. 2013.
Gabriel Abadal discussed with Warner Venstra and other members of the research group of Prof. Herre van der Zant about common activity in NEMS, measurement setups, modelization of non-linear effects, fabrication of suspended devices based on 2D materials and possible applications on energy harvesting. They dedicated some time to explore future collaborations in the framework of EU Horizon 2020 that could take advantage of their complementary background, expertise and interests.
On 1st November Gabriel Abadal gave a talk entitled "Energy harvesting from ambient mechanical vibrations and electromagnetic radiations based on MOEMS and NOEMS" (abstract).

New Coordination Action "ICT-Energy" just started

NiPS Laboratory, at University of Perugia (Italy), is the coordinator of the new coordination action entitled "ICT-Energy" that has just celebrated the "kick-off" meeting in Heidelberg (Germany).
The meeting, hosted by Prof. Vincent Heuveline and his staff from University of Heidelberg, has seen the participation of all the 10 partners of this EU funded project under objective ICT-2013.9.8 (Coordinating communities, identifying new research topics for FET Proactive initiatives and fostering interdisciplinary dialogue).
ICT-Energy is aimed at creating a coordination activity among consortia involved in the ICT-ENERGY subject with specific aim at bringing together the existing “Toward Zero-Power ICT” community organized within the ZEROPOWER C.A. and the novel “MINECC” (Minimising energy consumption of computing to the limit.
The ten partners are:
1 NiPS Laboratory, Università di Perugia (IT)
2 Roskilde University (DK)
3 University Heidelberg (DE)
4 Barcelona Supercomputing Center (SP)
5 Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (CH)
6 Aalborg University (DK)
7 Hitachi Europe Limited (UK)
8 University of Bristol (UK)
9 University of Glasgow (UK)
10 University College Cork, National University of Ireland (IR)
Univesity of Glasgow and University College Cork are former participants in the ZEROPOWER Coorination Action, together with University of Perugia.
Pictures of the event:



ZEROPOWER partner UAB invited speaker at EMN East Meeting (China)

Gabriel Abadal (in the picture) from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona attended the conference EMN East Meeting - Energy Materials Nanotechnology () held in Beijing (China) on September 7-10, 2013.
Gabriel Abadal contributed as an invited speaker with the talk NEMS for energy harvesting. Towards hybrid solutions to improve conversion efficiency in multisource scenarios.

ZEROPOWER Workshop at NANOENERGY2013 International Conference (10-13 July 2013)

A ZEROPOWER Workshop was organized during the international conference NANOENERGY2013, organized by the NiPS Laboratory (University of Perugia).
The event, held in Perugia, Italy (July 10-13 2013), has been the first international conference devoted to nanoenergies. The participants presenting papers on micro and nanoscale energy were from a wide range of EU and international countries including Italy, Germany, UK, Spain, France, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Japan and Ireland. A number of companies participated in the Nanoenergy conference with either presentations or posters.
The European Commission gave a presentation on FET Programmes in Horizon 2020 and there were some discussions over how the results and work from Zeropower could be taken forward in Horizon 2020.
A full programme is available at . The event has seen the participation of 100 researchers from all over the world.
The proceedings of the conference have been published as a special issue of NANOENERGY LETTERS.
The event was preceded by a 3 day summer school (NiPS Summer School 2013) for PhD students and young researchers.
NANOENERGY2013 Conference, including the NiPS Summer School 2013, received the contribution of the European research projects ZEROPOWER, NANOPOWER (GA n. 256959) and LANDAUER (GA n. 318287) and of the Office of Naval Research Global (USA).
As a part of the Conference a specific session was devoted to the ZEROPOWER Workshop, where a series of talks was given by researchers coming from the ZEROPOWER Consortium. The ZEROPOWER session was held on 13th July 2013 with the following program:
15.30-16.00     Helios Vocca, University of Perugia and Wisepower srl, Micro and nano non linear harvesters
16.00-16.30     Douglas J. Paul, University of Glasgow, SiGe Microfabricated Thermoelectric Generators
16.30-17.00     Georgios Fagas, Tyndall National Institute - Cork, A Priori Technology Evaluation of Nanowire Materials and Devices: Transistors Without Junctions and Dopants
17.00-17.30     M. López-Suárez, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 2D-materials based energy harvesting with induced non-linear mechanical behavior

NANOENERGY2013 International Conference

The first International Conference on Nanoenergy will be held in Perugia (Italy) in July 10-13, 2013.


Wed, 2013-07-10 18:30 - Sat, 2013-07-13 20:00

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