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Perpetuum demonstrates self-energising cardiac implant technology

09 August 2012

NanoKTN member, Perpetuum is currently working on the development of an implantable self-energising pacemaker, which can generate energy from human heart activity.

Eliminating the need to periodically replace batteries, as is prevalent with current applications, this project, which was supported by the Technology Strategy Board, is currently the subject of negotiations with major medical device manufacturers.

The harvester delivered excellent results during tests, demonstrating the capability to be easily implanted and to power a pacemaker. It harvests energy from the changing pressure of the heart during the cardiac cycle, eliminating the need for subsequent operations to replace batteries, thereby reducing costs and patient discomfort.

Perpetuum’s president, Roy Freeland, believes support from the Technology Strategy Board and Alec Reader, director at the NanoKTN, has had a significant impact on the company’s success and in securing the funding needed for the development and research associated with its pacemaker technology. 

A global leader in vibration energy harvesting, Perpetuum produces commercial products for the industrial energy harvesting market. 

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