Sol Chip

Sol Chip is an award-winning energy-harvesting company that has developed a maintenance-free Everlasting Solar Battery.

The Technology & Advantages

The compact battery can provide energy for the lifetime of low-power devices.

Sol Chip’s technology provides a platform for disruptive applications such as precision agriculture and Internet of Things (IoT).

Sol Chip’s innovative technology is designed to enable autonomous operation of devices and systems powered by a plug and play solar energy source.

  • Enables autonomous operation of low-power applications (compact, lightweight solution)
  • Harvests energy for the life of the devices/systems
  • Reduces environmental hazard
  • Reduces the overall sensor cost
  • Decreases design complexity
  • Increases overall efficiency and reliability (ruggedized/waterproof)

The Team

Dr. Shani Keysar, CEO, and VP Bus. Dev. Rami Friedlander accept the award for 2013 Best Technical Development of Energy Harvesting. Shown here with Dr Peter Harrop with

Dr. Peter Harrop (left) with Sol Chip CEO Shani Keysar and VP Bus. Dev. Rami Friedlander as they accept the award for Best Technical Development of Energy Harvesting at IDTechEx.

  • Shani Keysar, PhD, Founder & CEO: 20 years as an R&D expert with management experience in the semiconductor industry (Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, IDC, Tower-Jazz); PhD, material science, chemical engineering
  • Rami Friedlander, Founder & VP Business Development: 25 years’ executive management experience in small start-ups and in large multinationals (Zoran, WSI, Nvidia, Marvell); MSc, EE, computer engineering
  • Zack Sharon, Sales & Marketing Director: 15 years of management experience in the semiconductor industry; outstanding record of deploying successful strategies in the sales of complex technical solutions and microelectronics; MSc, EE, electronic engineer,
  • Moshe Kelner, Chairman: 30 years’ extensive business and entrepreneurial experience; president, Arkema’s Israel operation; previously, founded Mempile after serving as VP, Kardan Investments
  • Adrian Biano, PhD, Board Member: Served as part of management of Israel Electric Corp. since 1996, initially as director of R&D Division; from 2003, as Senior VP for Strategic Resources
  • Prof. Yossi Shacham, Advisory Board Member:  Bernard L. Schwartz Chair for Information Nanotechnologies, Dept. of Physical Electronics; Dept. Head, School of EE, Faculty of Engineering, Vice Dean, Tel Aviv University

Trendlines’ director: Steve Rhodes


  • Stage: Revenue
  • Founded: 2009
  • Investors: The Trendlines Group, Israel Electric Corp., Joseph Capital LLC, private angels


  • Milestones: Completed development of its solar battery and manufactured its first units at Fraunhofer Inst. in Germany. Prototype devices approved by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Signed several engagement letters and started design with four customers for different applications.
  • Nominated by EE Times as one of its “Silicon 60: Hot startups to watch.”
  • Q1 2014: Signed collaboration agreement with Tadiran Batteries.
  • Q2 2014: Alpha and beta testing with 40 potential customers; first IoT design in with Tier-1 company to start production in Q3 2014.

In the Media


  • 2016 Most Innovative Companies (Energy), Fast Company
  • 2015 Best Israeli Start-Up, iNNOVEX
  • 2013 Best Technical Development of Energy Harvesting, IDTechEx
  • 2013 Best Start-Up, Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy

Background & Market

The 21st century has created an enormous demand for low-power applications such as wireless devices. Their ability to operate autonomously is limited by battery lifespan. The need to replace batteries causes considerable downtime, is expensive, and takes a heavy toll on the environment due to battery waste disposal.

Sol Chip’s total applicable market size is estimated at $9 billion in 2017, with many segments growing more than 10% per year. Examples of segments that Sol Chip intends to penetrate with its first-generation product are wireless sensors and wireless sensor networks (WSN) for precision agriculture (e.g., drip irrigation, herd monitoring); environmental monitoring (e.g., humidity, light, temp, color, fertilizers, dimensions); and traceability systems (RFID). The combined value of the WSN segment is estimated to reach more than $1.2 billion in 2015.


See the Sol Chip Everlasting Battery video (Hebrew).

Sol Chip battery
Sol Chip's Everlasting Solar Battery provides energy for the lifetime of low-power devices.


Shani Keysar, Ph.D., CEO
Mobile: +972.52.353.3264

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