Arrow Electronics and Micropelt sign pan-European distribution deal



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TE-CORE, Micropelt´s new configurable energy harvesting DC source, offers battery alternative.
The thermoharvesting power module is built around the new SMD thermogenerator in package (TGP).

Arrow Electronics and Micropelt have signed an agreement that will enable Arrow to offer Micropelt's full range of thermoelectric energy-harvesting semiconductor devices and systems to its customer base throughout Europe. A key focus area will be the fast-growing energy-harvesting application sector where low-power devices derive energy for their operation from the environment. Based in Germany, Micropelt uses its patented scalable thin film microstructuring platform technology to produce thermoelectric devices for cooling, thermal cycling and energy-harvesting applications. The technology, which turns heat (temperature differences) into electrical energy, enables component size to be minimised while maintaining high-power density levels. A typical application is in autonomous wireless sensor networks and micro actuators where Micropelt's thermogenerators can match or exceed the energy level supplied by battery packs without the lifecycle costs associated with battery replacement and maintenance. Guido Resch, Arrow vice president of semiconductor marketing in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said, "Micropelt is a shining example of European innovation within the fast-growing greentech sector, and perfectly complements Arrow's existing offering for energy-harvesting applications in industrial and commercial locations." Wladimir Punt, vice president, sales and marketing, Micropelt, said, "Working closely with Arrow's extensive technical marketing and sales teams will open up many new opportunities for Micropelt's portfolio. Our technology meets the needs of a host of emerging applications and, following the opening of our high-volume manufacturing facility in 2011, we are well prepared for sales growth." About Arrow Electronics, Inc. Arrow Electronics ( is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for over 1,200 suppliers and 115,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 340 locations in 52 countries. About Micropelt Micropelt GmbH, Freiburg, Germany, develops, produces and markets the world's smallest and most effective thermoelectric elements for clean-tech micro energy harvesting, thermal sensing, cycling and cooling. Micropelt's thermoelectric chips are based on a patented scalable thin-film microstructuring platform technology, which minimizes component size while maximizing power density Process-inherent economies-of-scale break previous cost and price barriers of conventional thermoelectrics. Batteries become obsolete as cost-free electricity from waste heat powers wireless sensor networks and micro actuators for their entire life. For more information visit