We do not start a new year without a good resolution, and for BeFC, it is to provide low-cost energy and microelectronics solutions with low-environmental impact.
Making electricity from paper and enzymes.
After decades of patented cutting-edge research, BeFC developed the first biofuel cells made from paper. The use of biosourced materials, including cellulose and carbon, facilitates simple disposal and recycling in an economical and efficient form.
In addition, BeFC provides the full package, which includes the biobatteries and the microelectronics. By combining an organic energy solution with an ecofriendly sensor platform, we provide insightful data to our customers so they can identify and quantify parameters to enhance patient wellness, to reduce food and medical waste, and also improve logistics and customer experience. Traceability and transparency provide metrics to reduce ecological impact, improve sustainability, and ultimately enhance our lives.
Our core technology consists of converting abundant biofuels, e.g. glucose and oxygen, using enzymes. These biocatalysts generate a flow of electrons capable of providing sufficient power for sensors, microcontrollers and wireless communication modules on the same digital device.
First proof of concept
The story of BeFC began when our 4 academic co-founders (Dr. Jules HAMMOND, Prof. Jean-Francis BLOCH, Dr. Michael HOLZINGER & Dr. Andrew GROSS), joined forces to move from implantable technologies to low-power wearable devices. Similar to the human body, energy is created from sugars and oxygen naturally present in the blood.
To ensure the transition, they needed to replace the pump mechanism (used to transport fluid through the implantable device) with a wearable material with inherent microfluidic properties: PAPER. In a sentence, they wanted to create electricity from paper and enzymes!
This core technology, protected by 6 worldwide patents via CNRS, has been spun out of university to paper substrates made of cellulose and carbon.
The first tests were performed on digital pregnancy and ovulation tests. BeFC bioenzymatic cells could be activated using urine from the lateral flow test. Other fluids can also be used: such as blood, sweat, saliva, tap water, but we have also patented a liquid reservoir to provide electricity on demand.
As our biofuel cells are made from paper, their shape and size are easily adjusted. Their insertion into the existing product requires only simple design modifications. BeFC has been able to replace two batteries with a single biocell to analyse the test and display the result on a digital screen of a digital pregnancy and ovulation test.
Leyton Sustainable Challenge propelled BeFC to Las Vegas
Our co-founding team was reinforced by scientist Dr. Marie BERTHUEL with communication and marketing concepts during our incubation period at SATT Linksium. Thanks to her work, we had the opportunity to participate in the 2019 Leyton Sustainable Startup Challenge. We won 1st place and were flown to Las Vegas for the biggest tech event on the planet: the Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2020). However, this was just the beginning of our journey...
BeFC at CES 2020
Once at CES 2020, BeFC were instantly identified by investors, strategic partners, and journalists. We had the opportunity to pitch to experts at Trend Forward Capital, such as Dr. Rana EL KALIOUBY, a pioneer in emotional AI, as well as to a supportive crowd at "Le Village Francophone".
After months of preparatory work, BeFC was officially incorporated in May 2020.
BeFC raises €3M in VC funding
Following CES 2020, our sustainable energy solution attracted the attention of recognised investors Demeter, BNP Paribas Développement and Supernova Invest. We completed this first step in June 2020, one month after our creation, which allowed us to start building the team. Since then, BeFC has experienced incredible growth with an average of 2 employees per month and is now expanding into an 800+ m2 facility in the Grenoble area to provide pilot production capabilities.
BeFC receives CES innovation awards for the third consecutive year
Since 2020, our company explored various market opportunities with first customers under joint-development agreements (JDAs). We have deployed several proofs of concepts (POCs) to demonstrate the utility of our technology in real-world applications.
After refining our core technology, we have since proven the compostability and non-phytotoxicity of the raw materials of our organic energy solution, earning us our first ever CES Innovation Award. BeFC has demonstrated that our disruptive technology has excellent market-product fit with circular economy, and the growing consumer and industry desire to move towards a sustainable future. In 2022, BeFC was again recognised by CES with a second CES Innovation Award. This time, we presented our ultra-low power and eco-friendly "active sensor tag" powered by BeFC technology.
Our team is happy to announce that we are back at CES again for 2023. We are grateful again to be recognised by CES, this time, awarded with two CES Innovation Awards: BeFC sustainable printed bioenzymatic fuel cell (pBeFC) and the combination of our printed biofuel cell & ecological active sensor tag (BeAST).
We are looking forward to meeting as many of the estimated 200 000 visitors at our booth located at: 60811-11 in the Eureka Park.
Contact us at email@example.com to discuss how BeFC paper biofuel cells can provide a sustainable battery replacement for a range of low-power electronic applications.
Together, power the future with nature. ©