Micropelt started as a research project of Infineon Technologies, a German manufacturer of semiconductors, and Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques, an R&D partner to the optical sensor and thin film technology industry. The project was to investigate the technical feasibility of a thin-film wafer based production process for thermoelectric elements.
In 2006, the project was spun-off into a start-up company with an initial focus on developing thermoelectric cooling chips and thermogenerators (TEG) for energy harvesting. The first TEG prototypes were manufactured with the pilot equipment in Freiburg.
In 2010, Micropelt invested in a cleanroom and sputtering machine, after an extensive selection process. With additional frontend wafer processing equipment, Micropelt opened the » world’s first automated high volume production site for thermoelectric chips in June 2011.
In 2012, the company reached the next phase of growth, extending into manufacturing of final products for the energy harvesting system markets, including the first intelligent, self-powered radiator valve » iTRV and the industrial sensor » mNODE.
Both core Micropelt products the iTRV and mNODE have been through extensive quality testing and are now in production and full scale market deployment.