IoT For All Podcast with SODAQ’s Ollie Smeenk

Energy Harvesting and Future of Sustainable IoT

SODAQ CEO Ollie Smeenk joined the IoT For All Podcast, to discuss the sustainable IoT space and some of the biggest technologies enabling it. Ollie shares the evolution he’s seen IoT and the sustainable IoT front undergo so far, including some of the most impactful technologies, like energy harvesting, that are driving the adoption of more sustainable IoT solutions. He also speaks to more of the specifics – including low-power technologies and the use cases that fit it best, energy harvesting, and battery-less technology.

Ollie also digs more deeply into energy harvesting – the use cases where it works best, some of the obstacles to adoption, and where the industry is going as a whole.

Born in the Netherlands, raised in Tanzania, Ollie Smink installed a large base of weather monitoring stations across Sub Saharan Africa and is now CEO of IoT hardware company SODAQ. He has a passion for positive impact driven by physical products and technical innovation, especially using solar energy harvesting and low-power hardware in countries with limited infrastructure and focusing on environmental challenges.

Key Questions and Topics from this Episode:

(01:07) Intro to Ollie

(02:49) Intro to SODAQ

(05:55) What evolutions have you seen in sustainable IoT?

(08:23) What kinds of use cases is low-power technology enabling?

(11:21) What is energy harvesting?

(12:48) When is energy harvesting a good fit for a use case?

(18:34) What’s prohibiting the growth of this sustainable IoT technology?

(21:29) What challenges are your customers facing? What’s the market look like?

(23:58) Where do you see the industry going, technology-wise?

(26:03) How can listeners reach out and learn more about SODAQ?

The full transcript of the podcast can be seen on the IoT For All Website