Generation of electricity without coal, wind, hydroelectricity, or nuclear power plants, wind turbines or solar cells, etc? – Without any harmful emissions? The Swedish start-up ReVibe Energy is doing just that. A self-charging battery that can be attached to any vibrating surface generates electricity solely via these vibrations. This battery also stores the energy it generates. Apart from its 100% climate-neutrality, this kind of battery also comes in handy when no other power source is available for charging.
ReVibe co-founder and CEO Viktor Börjesson talked to Innovation Origins about his company.
How did you come up with the idea of founding the start-up?
The technology was originally invented by Per Cederwall while he was working at the Saab Group. As the technology was considered to be outside Saab Groups’ core focus areas, Viktor Börjesson and Erik Godtman Kling were asked to start a company that revolved around the technology.
What makes ReVibe or your product special compared to your competitors and what problems does it solve?
All sensors in industrial IoT systems are in constant need of power and the shortcomings of current power sources (cables and/or batteries) do not guarantee long-lasting energy security. At the same time, there are many environments where vibrations are almost constant, of which rail transport, mining, and construction are the ones we have worked with the most. With our products, we can deliver a long-lasting and sustainable power source for predictive maintenance and condition monitoring systems.
Our products utilize a patented design that ensures a longer lifetime, higher output per volume and a faster ROI compared to our competitors.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
Slow sales cycles! We work with large corporations who are fairly slow in their way of operating which means that the process of signing new customers takes quite a long time.
And vice versa: What were you particularly proud of?
Our team! It’s our team that makes all of our accomplishments possible, so they are the ones who deserve all the credit!
Was there a moment when you wanted to give up?
When you start a company you will always experience setbacks and periods where you feel that there’s no use in continuing but we’ve never been that close to actually shutting down the company. So no, not really 🙂
What can we expect from ReVibe over the coming years?
We’re currently scaling up our manufacturing capabilities to be able to meet the demand from the marketplace, so I’d say that you can expect a ReVibe Energy that will grow as a company and increase its reach across the globe.
What is your vision for ReVibe?
To be the obvious choice when it comes to powering Industrial IoT systems in all environments where vibrations exist.
Featured Image: The standard product, the modelD evaluation kit © ReVibe Energy