Wireless Powerhouse Partners Powercast & Powermat Win Sustainability Award

The companies’ combined wireless power technologies reduce emissions and battery and cable e-waste, and optimize water conservation and farming operations

Powercast and Powermat proudly announce that their wireless power partnership was awarded Sustainability Initiative of the Year in Business Intelligence Group’s 2023 Sustainability Awards program, for the companies’ joint efforts to promote sustainability through wireless power.

The two pioneers of 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.

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.
  • Optimize efficiency of water treatment and conservation operations with underwater charging of water pumps, filters, and vacuums, eliminating wires under water.
  • Optimize 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. 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 wirelesspower one-stop-shop, regardless of application,” said Charles Goetz, CEO of Powercast. “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.”

Optimized 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.

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True Wireless Power

Powercast recognizes there are several alternatives available for powering devices without the use of wires, each with different addressable markets.  The alternative methods may seem similar on the surface, however, they offer limited solutions.  Powercast is the only company with the technology and component-level products to deliver continuous charging, and provide its capability at a scalable distance.

Principle Limitations of Alternative Technology Performance:

  • Requires direct contact or close proximity
  • Difficult to integrate moving parts and bulky size
  • Inflexible deployment
  • Must follow specific handling process
  • Generates excess waste
  • Other limitations vary by technology type

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  • Extends product life cycles
  • Reduces maintenance requirements
  • Easily integrated form factors
  • Any-to-Any configuration
  • Reduces or eliminates adverse environmental impact
  • Multiple power options: continuous, scheduled, on-demand, or passive

Wireless Power / Charging

The development and usage of wireless, portable electronic devices is rapidly expanding.  Many of these devices share similar components which have been, or in the future will be, designed and optimized for low power consumption.  These components and their suppliers constitute the low power ecosystem, and include components such as:

  • Energy harvesting devices (e.g. Powerharvester Receivers)
  • Micro-power management
  • Low power microcontrollers
  • Low power radios (e.g. 802.15.4, ZigBee, ULP WiFi, WirelessHART)
  • Supercapacitors
  • Solid-state and thin film batteries

Powercast provides a core component in the low power ecosystem. Our energy harvesting and wireless power technologies are embedded in core interoperable components for creating micro-power charging systems.  With safe, controllable, and scalable wireless power technology, Powercast’s products provide numerous benefits for micro-power charging systems, including:

  • Increases design-in flexibility and benefits: no contacts, no wires, sealable, and submersible
  • Promotes a battery-free architecture
  • Improves device longevity through maintenance-free operation

Powercast is seeking to continuously add additional collaborations with forward-looking members of the low power ecosystem for expanding product offerings and cross-optimizing components for performance improvements.

Experience the Future

Powercast has development kits available for qualified designers, engineers, product developers and researchers to evaluate and prototype our wireless power technology.

  • Self-Discover Wireless Power Technology: Learn about Powercast’s patented wireless technology and all it has to offer.
  • Rapidly Prototype into Any Device: Quickly integrate into any prototype device using a plug-n-play solution for remote powering.
  • Explore Renewable Energy Possibilities: Expand the possibilities for true wireless power to become a renewable energy source for rechargeable batteries, and other energy storage devices.

Development Kit Options

  • Lifetime Power Evaluation and Development Kit: The full kit that includes components for use with rechargeable Alkaline batteries, rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries, and non-battery energy storage (e.g. capacitors). The transmitter and receivers are designed for the 902-928 MHz license-free ISM band.

Contact us to request a quote for a development kit.