Mitsubishi Concept CA-MiEV triples the i-MIEV's range, adds wireless charging
March 6, 2013
Mitsubishi's i-MiEV is known for many accomplishments in the electric car world, but long-range driving and staggeringly good looks aren't among them. Its just-unveiled Concept CA-MiEV solves the former by making at least a token gesture towards the latter. The combination of flat-packed, high-density 28kWh lithium-ion batteries and a sleeker, low-drag shape help the compact car last for 186 miles on a charge, or exactly three times what the i-MiEV could muster. It's enough that Mitsubishi describes the concept as a "suburban" EV that could last for a week of typical European commuting on one charge. As it's a showfloor darling, the Concept CA-MiEV naturally stuffs in a lot of technology that's only sometimes related to the battery: it can charge wirelessly using WiTricity's magnetic resonance, takes data from smartphones and will email the owner if it's stolen.
WiTricity Opens Second Office in Utah and Brings Onboard New Management and Technical Team Members
WiTricity Press Release
February 26, 2013
Strategic Growth Will Enable Further Development of Wireless Power Systems in Multiple Business Areas
WATERTOWN, MA and NIBLEY, UT - WiTricity, the industry pioneer in highly resonant wireless power transfer over distance, announced today that the company is expanding to include a second location in Utah to fuel product development across a range of industries. The new office, located in Nibley (near Logan), will serve as a hub for WiTricity development of wireless power systems in the defense, industrial and transportation sectors through the technical expertise of several team members formerly with the Energy Dynamics Laboratory (EDL) at the Utah State University Research Foundation (USURF).
WiTricity opens office near Utah State, a hotbed of research for high-speed wireless charging
The Boston Globe
February 26, 2013
WiTricity, a Watertown company that licenses technology with such potential applications as allowing electric cars and consumer-electronics devices to wirelessly recharge their batteries, said Tuesday that it is opening an office near Utah State University, a hotbed of research for high-speed wireless charging.
WiTricity Joins Electric Drive Transportation Association
EDTA Press Release
February 13, 2013
Washington, DC - The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the leading industry association dedicated to promoting electric drive as a core technology on the road to sustainable mobility, recently welcomed new member company WiTricity.
“Our association welcomes WiTricity as a new member that represents the ingenuity and motivation across the electric drive supply chain,” said EDTA President Brian Wynne. “WiTricity offers a vision for wireless charging that will enhance the consumer experience while growing infrastructure important to expanding EV adoption.”
Tour WiTricity's Room of Tomorrow: Wireless Charging That’s Flexible
February 26, 2013
During a demo at CES 2013, WiTricity CEO Eric Giler showed off several ways the company’s technology can be applied to consumer tech products and the home. One example included an Apple laptop with a resonant coils inside that could be used to charge a smartphone just by setting the phone near the notebook (7:00 mark in the video above). Other standouts include a 100W television set powered by a coil located beneath the TV stand (8:22) and a wooden desk wired to power a lamp, wireless keyboard, and any other WiTricity-enabled hardware nearby (10:05). Giler also showed us how copper coil wired into carpeting can be used to power home appliances, smart phones, even rechargeable batteries (10:30).
WiTricity and Alps Electric Join Forces to Develop Wireless Charging for Mobile Devices
WiTricity Press Release
January 8, 2013
Partnership Will Foster Breakthroughs for Consumer Electronics and Automotive OEM Applications
LAS VEGAS, NV - WiTricity, the industry leaders in highly resonant wireless power transfer — wireless electricity delivered safely over distance — and Alps Electric, a leading global electronics manufacturer, announced today at CES2013 a strategic collaboration to create wireless charging modules and systems for powering a broad range of mobile devices.
The relationship targets the development of wireless charging modules and systems that Alps Electric will sell to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original design manufacturers (ODMs) and contract manufacturers around the world. It represents another milestone in the growth of highly resonant wireless power transfer as the preferred technology for wireless charging in consumer electronics and other industries.
Wireless Power May Cut the Cord for Plug-In Devices, Including Cars
December 28, 2012
A mobile phone that charges in your pocket, a flat-screen TV that needs no power cord, a car fueled by a cordless panel in the floor: In a nondescript building just outside Boston, these and other applications of wireless electricity signal a future with fewer snaking cables.
WiTricity, a company spun off from research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), aims to redefine how people use energy, making it possible to power devices without ever plugging them into an outlet. In WiTricity's lab, various devices run on power transmitted via electric coils through the air.
Power play: Wireless charging at a distance arrives
October 31, 2012
It feels a bit like being at a magic show, watching David Schatz hold a light or smartphone feet above a power pad to demonstrate how magnetic resonance wireless technology can charge any device over distance.
Schatz, director of business development at WiTricity in Watertown, Mass., can even show off the wireless “room of the future,” where lamps, cell phones—you name it—can all be powered through the air, no matter where they are in the room….
WiTricity Launches ProdigyTM, a Demonstration Kit for Wireless Electricity at Wireless Power World 2012
WiTricity Press Release
September 13, 2012
Low-cost unit from inventors of highly resonant wireless power transfer makes it easy for engineers to see, show technology
Shanghai, China - WiTricity, the inventors of highly resonant wireless power transfer — wireless electricity delivered safely over distance — today announced the launch of Prodigy at the Wireless Power World 2012 Conference in Shanghai. Prodigy aims to foster innovation by enabling engineers, product designers and science educators to demonstrate and explore the capabilities of wireless power over distance.
Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Announces a WiTricity™ Demonstration System Featuring High Frequency Gallium Nitride (eGaN®) FETs
August 13, 2012
EPC, the leader in enhancement mode gallium nitride based power management devices, today announced a high efficiency wireless power demonstration system jointly developed by EPC and WiTricity. The system utilizes the high frequency switching capability of gallium nitride transistors and features a pair of WiTricity 6.78 MHz PCB resonators.
WiTricity Takes Its Car-Charging Technology Out for a Road Test (New York Times)
July 25, 2012
For a company trying to put wireless charging devices on electric cars, road-trip exercises in circa 2012 can be interesting. WiTricity is the company, based near Boston, which has partnerships with Audi, Mitsubishi and Toyota (which is also an investor) to put wireless charging on electric cars, possibly as early as the 2015 model year. WiTricity licenses technology, developed at M.I.T., to transfer power between a pair of copper coils resonating at the same electromagnetic frequency. On Tuesday, Eric Giler, the president of WiTricity, and two associates, drove a BMW ActiveE electric car from Massachusetts to a reporter's home in Connecticut...
CEO Eric Giler Speaks at NewYorkForum Africa
WiTricity CEO, Eric Giler, was invited to speak to a distinguished audience of economic, political, environmental and business leaders at the New York Forum Africa 2012 program. In addition to explaining and demonstrating WiTricity technology, Giler describes the ways in which wireless power transfer can help accelerate the access to electric power for people living in regions that have inadequate electrical distribution infrastructure in their homes and villages.
“Massachusetts Governor Patrick Visits WiTricity“
April 25, 2012
Imagine charging your cell phone just by putting it on your hallway table or having lamps you can put anywhere in the room because they don’t have a wire, or even an electrical car that can be charged without plugging in into a special charging station. Gov. Deval Patrick saw these and other prototypes developed by Watertown-based WiTricity Corp. Tuesday afternoon.
“Automatic Recharging, From a Distance (New York Times)“
March 10, 2012
THINK how convenient it would be if you could recharge electronic devices without ever having to plug them in — or even take them out of your briefcase. Instead, you could leave your briefcase, tote bag or backpack on a counter in the living room at home, and the smartphones and tablets within could see to their own recharging. And the robotic vacuum cleaner in the corner of the room could do likewise.
“Audi announces collaboration with WiTricity“
March 1, 2012
Audi is working on wireless charging technology using WiTricity technology...This technology would allow the driver to simply pull into their garage or driveway and charging would automatically start. The system uses two WiTricity coils with one in the parking lot (or driveway/garage) and another integrated into the car’s charging system. Power would be transferred between those two coils to charge the vehicle batteries.
“MIT Technology Review names WiTricity as one of the 50 most innovative companies of 2012!“
February 22, 2012
What is a TR50 company? It is a business whose innovations force other businesses to alter their strategic course. TR50 members are nominated by Technology Review’s editors, who look for companies that over the last year have demonstrated original and valuable technology, are bringing that technology to market at a significant scale, and are clearly influencing their competitors.
“WiTricity Corporation, IHI Corporation, and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Combine to Develop Easily Deployable Wireless Charging Systems for Electric Vehicles“
September 27, 2011
WiTricity Corporation (WiTricity), IHI Corporation (IHI) and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) have agreed to join forces to research and develop easily deployable electric vehicle (EV) wireless charging systems readily compatible with electric grids which will make life easier for EV users in the future.
“MediaTek Inc. Signs Technology Transfer and License Agreement with WiTricity Corp. for Wireless Charging“
July 11, 2011
MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, and WiTricity, the technology leader in wireless power, today jointly announced that they have entered into a technology transfer and license agreement. MediaTek will collaborate on the development and marketing of semiconductor solutions optimized for WiTricity's patented technology for wireless charging over distance.
“General Electric awards WiTricity in its latest "ecomagination" challenge“
June 23, 2011
General Electric Co., the world's largest maker of power-generation equipment, awarded $63 million to 10 companies developing solar, renewable energy, and cleantech technologies. WiTricity was selected as one of the winners of the GE ecomagination challenge for the energy savings achieved through wireless energy transfer.
“WiTricity and IHI to Develop Wireless Charging System for Electric Vehicles“
IHI Press Release
June 15, 2011
“Tokyo, Japan, June 15, 2011--- IHI Corporation and WiTricity Corporation of Watertown, MA have agreed to collaborate on the development of wireless charging systems for electric vehicles. In addition to collaborating on the development of wireless charging systems for electric vehicles, IHI also plans to apply the technology to industrial machinery to simplify installation and maintenance, by eliminating cumbersome electric power cables.“
“WiTricity and Osram unveil wireless LED lighting“
May 17, 2011
OSRAM SYLVANIA's advanced luminaire concept is powered by a wireless power source developed by Witricity. The pendant luminaire is suspended by non conducting nylon lines, in a first of a kind demonstration of a wireless lighting fixture.
“Thoratec and WiTricity To Develop Wireless Powering of Implantable Heart Devices“
May 11, 2011
“PLEASANTON, CA ' Thoratec Corporation, a world leader in device-based mechanical circulatory support therapies to save, support and restore failing hearts, today announced a technology development agreement with WiTricity Corporation relating to WiTricity's proprietary wireless resonant energy transfer technology for application in the field of mechanical circulatory support. “
“Toyota and WiTricity Form Wireless Battery-charging Alliance“
Toyota Press Release
April 27, 2011
“TOYOTA CITY, JAPAN ' Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has entered into a technological collaboration agreement with WiTricity Corporation concerning the practical application of automotive wireless charging systems and the promotion of their widespread use. TMC plans to participate in a WiTricity capital increase.“
“Delphi Showcases Innovative Wireless EV Charging“
Delphi Automotive Press Release
April 13, 2011
“DETROIT ' Delphi Automotive has equipped an electric vehicle with its Delphi Wireless Charging System, a highly efficient wireless energy transfer system featuring technology developed by WiTricity Corporation. Delphi will display the test vehicle at this year's SAE World Congress here this week.“
“8 Things You Should Have Seen at CTIA 2011“
CTIA WIRELESS 2011
March 29, 2011
“Because the magnetic fields can pass electricity safely through humans, objects and concrete walls, someday we might have parking spots that can charge electric cars and desks and couches capable of juicing up your iPhone, iPad and laptop while all three items sit unplugged in your briefcase.“
UK Wired Magazine
November 10, 2010
“Soljačić managed something that no one else had done before. He figured out how to separate the coils in a transformer to a distance greater than their size and have it continue to work, says Eric Giler, CEO of WiTricity“
“Delphi and WiTricity Developing Wireless Electric Car Charger“
New York Times
November 2, 2010
“The auto supplier Delphi and a partner, the WiTricity Corporation, are developing a hands-free charging technology to transfer electricity over short distances without physical contact.“
“Delphi Working to Make Electric Vehicle Wireless Charging a Reality“
September 29, 2010
“TROY, Mich. - Delphi Automotive has reached an agreement with WiTricity Corp., a wireless energy transfer technology provider, to develop automatic wireless charging products for hybrid and electric vehicles. The collaboration between the two companies will help establish a global infrastructure of safe and convenient charging options for consumer and commercial electric vehicles.“
“Power from thin air“
June 10, 2010
“Wireless technology: It is already possible to send electricity without wires. Can devices be powered using ambient radiation from existing broadcasts? ANYONE whose mobile phone has ever run out of juice—which means, these days, more than half the world’s population—will like the idea of getting electrical power out of the air.“
“The Next Little Thing: Wireless Electricity”
Fortune Small Business
December 2009/January 2010
“Marin Soljačić couldn't sleep. The problem was his wife's Nokia cell phone. The tyrannical device beeped on the bedside table when it needed to be plugged in. It could not be disabled. Instead of taking a hammer to the phone, Soljačić marveled at the fact that this device, and billions of others like it, was sitting a few feet away from all the electricity it could ever need. Why couldn't it receive power wirelessly, just as laptops get Wi-Fi?”
Mass Technology Leadership Council Names WiTricity “Emerging Innovative Company of 2009”
November 6, 2009
“The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council announced the winners of the 2009 Technology Leadership Awards at its 12th annual Awards Gala yesterday evening at the Copley Marriot Hotel. These awards recognize the best and brightest technology innovators and leaders in the Bay State. Awards are given to companies and individuals that either develop or implement innovative technology solutions. The recognition highlights recent and significant contributions to companies or the broader industry.”
“The GoingGreen 100 Top Private Companies of 2009”
September 3, 2009
“With every industry and sector on earth in the midst of a green revolution, plenty of worthy candidates always present themselves for the GoingGreen 100. Adhering to the usual criteria, our judges evaluated hundreds of companies. AlwaysOn Network recognized WiTricity as Energy Efficiency winner for the breakthrough potential of their technologies, market size, management team, and investors.”
Mass High Tech Names 2009 All-Stars of New England Innovation Economy
Mass High Tech
August 21, 2009
“Witricity CEO, Eric Giler, was recognized as a leading technology executive and entrepreneur by Mass High Tech’s editorial staff. “The All-Stars honorees represent a broad range of technology and service sectors, including robotics, mobile technology, hardware, health care, materials, Internet and biotech. They stand as proof that innovation and growth in New England come in many forms, and technology leaders continue to emerge,” said E. Douglas Banks, editor of Mass High Tech.
“Wireless Power System Shown Off”
July 23, 2009
“A system that can deliver power to devices without the need for wires has been shown off at a hi-tech conference. The technique exploits simple physics and can be used to charge a range of electronic devices over many meters. Eric Giler, chief executive of US firm WiTricity, showed mobile phones and televisions charging wirelessly in Oxford. He said the system could replace the miles of expensive power cables and billions of disposable batteries. ”
“In the near future, wireless electricity could replace the ubiquitous power cable. WiTricity co-founder, Aristeidis Karalis, looks at a revolutionary new way of transmitting power without wires. ”
Wireless Electricity is Here (Seriously)
“Though WiTricity uses two coils — one powered, one not, just like eCoupled’s system — it differs radically in the following way: Soljačić’s coils don’t have to be close to each other to transfer energy. Instead, they depend on so-called magnetic resonance. Like acoustical resonance, which allows an opera singer to break a glass across the room by vibrating it with the correct frequency of her voice’s sound waves, magnetic resonance can launch an energetic response in something far away.”
Wireless Power Electrifies CES
January 9, 2009
“Perhaps the most promising wireless power technology is on display in a private suite high in the Venetian hotel tower. It’s the latest iteration of WiTricity, the Watertown, Mass.-based brainchild of MIT physicist Marin Soljačić.”
The Power to Overcome a Bad Economy
November 23, 2008
By Scott Kirsner
In a brick building in Watertown where men's suits were once made, Eric Giler is running a company that seems to be defying the gravity of the current economic morass....
Giler Charged Up to be WiTricity CEO
Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology
October 31, 2008
By Efrain Viscarolasaga
Stealthy wireless power developer WiTricity Corp. in Watertown has hired Brooktrout Technology Inc. co-founder and former Groove Mobile Inc. CEO Eric Giler as chief executive, adding a business presence to the company’s heralded MIT research team....
25 Awarded MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowships
The New York Times
September 23, 2008
Physicist Marin Soljačić is among 25 recipients of the MacArthur Foundation grant, awarded to “people working on the very edge of discovery and people at the edge of a new synthesis” ...
Durchbruch in der Elektrotechnik – Strom auf Schwingen
(Breakthrough in Electrical Engineering – The Power of Resonance)
November 27, 2008
Dem US-Physiker Marin Soljacic ist es gelungen, elektrische Energie durch die Luft zu übertragen. Nun steht die Industrie bei ihm Schlange. Eine Reportage von Martin Kotynek...
TR10: Wireless Power
MIT Technology Review
Technology Review presents 10 technologies that we think are most likely to change the way we live. Physicist Marin Soljačić is working toward a world of wireless electricity...
New York Times
December 9, 2007
By Clay Risen
The M.I.T. physicist Marin Soljacic found inspiration for his latest invention in the dying batteries of his wife’s cellphone. Every morning around 2 her phone would beep loudly. “One night it occurred to me, wouldn’t it be great if this thing took care of its own charging?” he says. The question was how to transfer energy wirelessly...
Wireless energy promise powers up
June 7, 2007
By Jonathan Fildes
Science and technology reporter, BBC News
A clean-cut vision of a future freed from the rat’s nest of cables needed to power today’s electronic gadgets has come one step closer to reality.
Wireless Energy Lights Bulb from Seven Feet Away
June 7, 2007
By JR Minkel
If you thought wireless Internet made life convenient, try wrapping your mind around wireless power...