SAN RAMON, Calif. — The EnOcean Alliance announced that the organization continues to grow as it welcomes LIXIL Corp. as its 350th member. The company is one of several that have joined in the past few months, including Helvar, Hubbell, NEC, VIMAR, and Toshiba. The alliance said the growing interest from leading companies shows the traction that its energy harvesting wireless standard is gaining worldwide for building automation and smart home systems as well as consumer appliances.

The EnOcean Alliance has members in 37 countries on all five continents. More than 1,200 products and solutions follow the energy harvesting approach which frees wireless devices from batteries and maintenance. There are currently energy harvesting wireless installations in several hundred thousand building projects worldwide, said the organization.

“I am very proud to welcome LIXIL, this major global player, into the EnOcean Alliance. It shows that the limitation of batteries when connecting a large number of distributed devices, even in a residential environment, encourages the breakthrough of energy harvesting wireless solutions. People around the world recognize the unique advantage of energy-autonomous sensing solutions,” said Graham Martin, chairman of the EnOcean Alliance. “The new members also increase the innovation strength of the alliance’s ecosystem. This results in new batteryless applications that can solve many challenges of everyday life.”

EnOcean energy harvesting wireless technology powers sensors, switches, and even the movement of heating valves by collecting energy from the surrounding environment such as motion, indoor/outdoor light, and temperature differentials.

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Publication date: 12/23/2013

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