Sensor power loss is the scourge of IoT.
Deploying millions of sensors is pretty much a useless endeavor if the devices continually run out of power. IoT sensors can’t collect or transmit data without power.
That’s one reason researchers are exploring ambient energy harvesting. Numerous projects have shown that small amounts of power can be generated by converting ambient energy in the environment – from stray magnetic fields, humidity, waste heat, and even unwanted wireless radio noise, for example – into usable electrical energy to power the IoT.