Perovskite Solar Module Enabled IT Asset Tracking for Wildlife Conservation
"The European bison is the largest herbivore in Europe which was affected by poaching and unsuitable natural resources management . . . Fortunately, society has recognized this threat and taken measures in time and started to recover the bison population from zoo and private collections in the past century," says Bohdan Vykhor, PhD, Wildlife Programme manager at the WWF Ukraine. Vykhor explains that bison population recovery is an ongoing process. "The species was reintroduced to various areas in Europe with significant efforts from different wildlife conservation programs (WWF (https://wwf.panda.org/
The initiative is compliant with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as Climate Action, Life on Land, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Affordable and Clean Energy.
Saule Technologies is developing a new generation of inkjet-printed perovskite solar cells on flexible substrates. Most of the animal-tracking devices available on the market have a very limited operational lifetime, which hinders in obtaining large samples of animal life movement data. Moreover, available solar-powered wildlife tracking equipment use silicon solar cells, which exhibit a very poor performance in shadowed areas and are easily damaged in rough environments. The perovskite solar cells developed at Saule Technologies work in various light conditions, can be printed on flexible substrates, and are resistant to harsh outdoor conditions. This technical solution creates the possibility of wild animal tracking and GIS-related data collections for a lifetime.
The project aims to develop an effective solar-powered system for animal tracking that can support successful movement monitoring of the bison by providing lifetime data about their behavior in their natural environment. The project is financed by the Polish Challenge Fund, an effective driver of innovation and change in the region.
If you are interested in this initiative, please use the following contacts:
UNDP, Programme Specialist, Polish Challenge Fund: katarzyna.rozeslaniec@
SAULE S.A.: bartosz.bursa@
Public Union World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Ukraine: firstname.lastname@example.org