"NANOPOWER: Nanoscale energy management for powering ICT devices" acknowledges the financial support of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme within the ICT theme of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Commission (Grant Agreement n. 256959).



The NANOPOWER project deals with energy management at micro and nano scales.

This is a new, exciting field that is gaining increasing importance with the realization that a new
generation of micro-to-nanoscale devices aimed at sensing, processing, actuating and communication
will not be possible without solving the powering issue.

The scientific objective of this project is thus to study energy efficiency with the specific aim of
identifying new directions for energy-harvesting technologies at the nanometre and molecular scale.

The technological objective of the project is to integrate such technologies into autonomous
nanoscale systems to allow new, low-power ICT architectures to find their way into devices.
In a joint effort, the nanopower consortium composed by world leading experts in the fabrication of
Si and III-V semiconductor nanodevices, fundamental and applied modelling as well as design and
integration of ICT architectures will fabricate, test and evaluate new conception devices:

  • nanomechanical nonlinear oscillators
  • phonon rectifiers
  • quantum harvesters

addressing applied prototypes and non-equilibrium processes down to the quantum level.

In summary, the ambitious objective of this project is the introduction of a new class of nanoscaledevices capable of harvesting energy from the environment and transforming it into electric energy,available for powering the next generation of autonomous Information and Communication Technology (ICT) devices.