Powercast & Powermat win sustainability award
Powercast and Powermat have announced that their wireless power partnership was awarded Sustainability Initiative of the Year in Business Intelligence Group's 2023 Sustainability Awards programme, for the companies' joint efforts to promote sustainability through wireless power.
Powercast with long-range, over-the-air RF technology, and Powermat who brought short-range Inductive charging to smartphones, cars and coffee shops — recently partnered creating one team that can implement sustainable and environmentally-friendly designs across the entire spectrum of wireless power, short to long range and microwatts up to 600 watts.
"We've created a wireless power one-stop-shop, regardless of a customer's application, offering a first-of-its kind convenience for our customers," said Charles Goetz, CEO of Powercast.
The companies' combined wireless power technologies improve sustainability in multiple ways. They:
- Reduce the e-waste that litters landfills with wirelessly-powered, untethered devices that eliminate cords, cables, and single-use disposable batteries because they use rechargeable batteries or none at all.
- Reduce emissions with wireless charging of otherwise gas-powered EVs.
- Optimise efficiency of water treatment and conservation operations with underwater charging of water pumps, filters, and vacuums, eliminating wires under water.
- Optimise efficiency of smart farming with wirelessly-powered drones, robotics and EVs that cut the cords, reduce emissions and conserve energy.
"This partnership saves customers from having to research which power solution is the best fit," said Charles Goetz, CEO of Powercast. "Now, no matter the application, this cohesive entity can make sure the best solution is applied. In addition, this alliance provides full engineering and design support across the entire spectrum, from concept to prototyping, all the way to production and delivery of end product if needed. We are a wireless power one-stop-shop, regardless of application. This is a first-of-its kind convenience for our customers."
"As partners, we believe wireless charging of otherwise gas-powered EVs is a key to reducing emissions and conserving energy," said Kfir Abuhatzira, Powermat's CEO. "Wireless charging can also make a huge environmental impact by reducing e-waste, saving hundreds of millions of batteries and cables from ending up in our landfills."
Optimised for different applications, the companies' technologies differ in strength/transfer distance, and together cover the entire spectrum of wireless power:
- Powercast's RF transmitters and receivers can transfer power over distances up to 120 feet, but deliver low power levels. This technology is designed for one-to-many charging of low-power consumer and industrial devices in hard-to-reach locations where wiring/battery replacement is prohibitive, like IoT sensor networks. Additional devices include home-automation sensor networks, TV remotes, electric toothbrushes, headphones and more.
- On the other hand, Powermat's SmartInductive transmitters and receivers must closely align–within 8 inches–but can transfer more power (5 to 600 watts) for industrial-grade applications like telecom, robotics, micro-mobility, medical devices, and underwater charging.
Powercast and Powermat share a vision of a 100% wireless future, where people and machines enjoy 100% freedom from traditional wall-tethered power transfer methods.
The ultimate goal is to create true wireless freedom through an ecosystem of connected transmitters and receivers, both in the public and private domain, which provide people, products and machines the ability to move around freely with seamless access to power.