PowerFilm, Inc

Ames,  IA 
United States
  • Booth: 1048

PowerFilm offers custom solar solutions for IOT power needs.

Want to extend battery life and reduce battery replacement costs? PowerFilm Solar designs, manufactures and assembles custom power solutions ranging from a few microwatts up to several kilowatts. We specialize in IoT solutions using amorphous silicon material that can be optimized for use in outdoor or indoor environments. We’ve been providing customer-driven solar solutions for over 30 years including custom panels, encapsulation and substrates, and complete solution designs.

Brands: PowerFilm Soltronix


  • PowerFilm Bluetooth Indoor Solar Development Kit
    This devkit is the first building block of any IoT sensing project. The wireless MCU is broken out so additional sensors can be added easily. The open source design accelerates the development process by making solar power simple....

  • Fully powered by PowerFilm’s Indoor Light Series solar, the Bluetooth Indoor Solar Development Kit is a wireless sensing module that collects data from a variety of sensors and sends it to a connected mobile device via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Ideal for indoor environments, the LES100 kit uses a nano-power energy harvester to operate down to 200 lux and below. The integrated power management features battery charging with over/under voltage protection and a regulated output voltage rail.


    Wireless Sensing Unit

    • Pre-configured to measure light level, temperature, and battery level.

    • Adjustable data rate from .1 – 30 seconds. 

    • CC2650 Ultra Low Power Simplelink Multi Standard Wireless MCU.

    • I/O pin breakout.

    • User friendly mobile application.

    • Supports Bluetooth Low Energy, ZigBee, 6LoWPAN and ZigBee RFCE.

    Energy Harvesting Unit

    • BQ25570 Nano Power Boost Charger and Buck Converter.

    • Optimized for PowerFilm indoor series solar panels. 

    • Operational down to 200 lux and below. 

    • Artificial light collection.

    • Battery charging with over/under voltage protection.

    • Adjustable output voltage from 2-5 volts.

    • Open source hardware and software.

    Use Cases

    There are many remote sensing applications. Depending on sensor power requirements, the Bluetooth Indoor Development Kit (LES100) and PowerFilm solar panels will support the applications listed below: 

    Sensing Applications




    Light Level




    Air Flow

    Water Flow



    Air Quality



        Water Level

    IoT Applications

    Home Automation


    Smart Buildings

    Smart City

    Smart Agriculture

    Wireless Nodes

    Asset Tracking

    Smart Transportation



        Equipment Monitoring

        Industrial Automation

    What’s In The Kit? 


    - LES100 PCBA

    Panel with wires:

    (2) LL200-2.4-75

    - Power: 200 lux:  0.29mW

    - Operating Voltage: 200 lux: 1.60V

    - Current: 200 lux: 0.18mA


    - Model: DTP301120

    - Nominal Voltage: 3.7V

    - Typical Capacity: 40mAh

    - Includes protection circuit

    Absolute maximum open circuit voltage: 3.6V

    Absolute maximum short circuit current: 100mA

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