If sunshine, why not Wi-Fi?
Just as solar panels harvest the sun’s energy, TE Fellow Bruce Bishop says radio stations, cell, and local Wi-Fi equipment create energy that could—and should—be recycled.
Generating New, Sustainable Solutions for Our Customers
We know that customers increasingly want to “go green.” We believe innovations like 3D and ink printed antennas will be better for the environment than the current standard subtractive and plated antenna processes. When we can 3D-print prototypes and print a clear, working antenna right on the surface of a device, the process may be not just green but also fast and invaluable to future development.
I would like to see window screens that act as radio wave harvesters or windows that act as recycling bins for wireless power.
- Bruce Bishop,
- Production Development Engineering Fellow for Antennas
In Support of Uncompromising Values
“Certainly innovation and teamwork play a part in everything our engineers do, and it is the way I operate with customers. Our goal is to meet with our customers, find out what problems they’re having, and solve those problems—ideally providing the right product before they know they need it. That is how we deliver an extraordinary customer experience. We do the right thing, work together, take responsibility, and innovate.”
An Astounding Future
Envisioning RF Recycling Bins
In Bruce Bishop’s astounding future, radio stations, cell, and local Wi-Fi equipment create energy that will be recycled—just like solar panels harvest the sun’s energy, or turbines harvest energy from the wind today. Further, Bruce envisions window screens acting as radio wave harvesters and windows printed with clear ink antennas to act as recycling bins for wireless power.