A Smarter Way to Power Smart Devices

Ambient Photonics was founded in 2019 in California to bring low light energy harvesting technology to mass scale. With a focus on IoT applications, the company aims to inspire a new generation of connected devices with endless power.

Inspired by Photosynthesis. Our technology is rooted in the simplicity of nature, but it doesn’t rely on the power of the sun. Instead we looked at how photosynthesis works and turned the science behind it into a bright new idea: use the low-level ambient light that surrounds us everywhere to generate power.

Ambient Photonics was founded in 2019 in California to bring low light energy harvesting technology to mass scale. With a focus on IoT applications, the company aims to inspire a new generation of connected devices with endless power.

Inspired by Photosynthesis. Our technology is rooted in the simplicity of nature, but it doesn’t rely on the power of the sun. Instead we looked at how photosynthesis works and turned the science behind it into a bright new idea: use the low-level ambient light that’s surrounds us everywhere to generate power.

A spin-off of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

The company has developed a first-of-its-kind low light energy harvesting photovoltaic (PV) technology that generates more than three times the power of conventional indoor PV technologies from a broader spectrum of indoor and outdoor ambient light. This chemistry breakthrough enables revolutionary advances in device design, function, performance, sustainability, reliability and consumer experience.

Unlike high performance solar photovoltaic technologies of the past, these innovations are cost compatible with today’s mass scale technologies. Ambient employs a novel industrial solar printing technology to coat its proprietary chemistry on thin, durable glass substrates — producing photovoltaic cells of virtually any size and shape. This flexibility empowers industrial designers, allowing them to embed Ambient’s cells into a variety of product shapes and structures.

Ambient’s Leadership Team

We combine leading edge low light PV scientific expertise with practical, global experience in high volume electronic device manufacturing.

The company has partnered with the world’s largest connected device manufacturers to reimagine their applications inspired by the question, ‘With endless power, what can we do?’ More than a component supplier, Ambient is a true collaborator, lending PV cell and energy harvesting expertise to its partners’ in-house strategic planning and engineering teams to fast track new product development.

Ambient enhances manufacturers’ opportunities to align with consumer values that further boost sales and brand loyalty. In an era in which consumers value both cutting-edge connected technology and planet-friendly products, Ambient empowers brands to deliver both. By eliminating battery waste and harvesting energy from everyday light, Ambient’s PV cells reduce the carbon footprint of a battery-powered device by 93%. The company’s ambient light-harvested power source also solves the ubiquitous customer pain point of battery life, delivering a maintenance-hassle-free and reliable ownership experience.

Meet The Team