Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for battery charging. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising wireless charging solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top Wireless Charging Solutions
Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at innovation in the field of energy. For this research, we identified 185 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and technology among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing innovative wireless charging solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 185 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Wireless Power (WiPo) – Wireless Charging For Drones
Wireless charging opens the door for significant improvements in human mobility. It frees consumer electronics from the limitations of the length of the cord or the availability of a power source. The main technologies that allow for wireless power transfer include magnetic induction, conductive power, and far-field electric transmission. Emerging companies are looking for breakthroughs that will eventually replace today’s plug-based charging port.
South African startup Wireless Power offers a wireless charging infrastructure for drones. This autonomous charging and drone housing platform use magnetic induction to charge drones while they are idle on the pad. The Drone Nest is an Internet of Things (IoT) device that tracks power usage, charging power, and drone information, as well as any video footage. In addition to drones, WiPo currently caters to wireless charging solutions for logistical and factory robots as well.
In2Power – Wireless Charging For Warehouses
Magnetic induction is one of the more popular techniques that startups are developing for wireless charging. Just by utilizing one transmitter and receiver, inductive charging helps industries that find wires highly inconvenient or even hazardous transition to wireless. The ability to recharge devices, or vehicles, while they carry out their normal routine also reduces the amount of electricity consumed by them.
Belgian startup In2Power is a wireless inductive charging system that offers charging of automated guided vehicles (AGVs), robots, and other industrial applications. The startup’s iN.CHARGE modules are strategically placed at predetermined locations that allow robots or appliances to be charged within their operating processes. This solution efficiently minimizes the time AGVs spend on recharging.
Neahtid – Remote Electrical Charging
Different applications across industries use different types of wireless charging technology. The most common is Qi, an open interface standard that defines wireless power transfer using inductive charging over distances of up to 4 cm. Many smartphone wireless chargers use this technology. Other wireless charging technology includes radiofrequency, ultrasound, and magnetic coupling. All this allows devices to be further away from the source of power, which in turn, enables numerous specialized operations.
Neahtid is a Chilean startup developing bespoke short-range and long-range wireless charging solutions for electrical devices. The startup leverages electromagnetic induction technology to create solutions for different industries. Their products are wireless energy chargers for medical devices, smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets, as well as for any low-consumption device that uses electricity.
Aladyn System – Electromagnetic Resonance-Based Charging
Strong coupled magnetic resonance technology is an inductive charging technology that is also gaining popularity. This technology allows for wireless charging of devices at greater distances by exploiting magnetic fields. Startups are working on resonance-based wireless charging solutions that find applications across home, commercial, and industrial charging.
Based out of Spain, Aladyn System provides customers with wireless charging solutions that have a range extending up to 30 meters. The startup transfers electric power through resonance to eliminate the use of wires for charging. Their product is a coil that is placed at the most ideal locations to charge mobile phones and other consumer electronics. The versatile solution serves a wide range of charging needs. It is capable of powering a few personal electronic devices or a large number of low-power devices, like LED lights.
FLI Charge – Conductive Wireless Charging
Despite not being a true wireless charging technology, emerging companies find innovative ways to charge consumer electronics and small industrial devices using conductive charging. By using a charging board or surface, electronic devices receive power, thereby eliminating the need for wiring. This technology is suitable for charging smartphones and other consumer electronics, as well as low energy consuming medical and industrial devices.
The US-based startup FLI Charge is working on technology that comprises conductive modules and powered surfaces. The modules are integrable into any battery-operated or DC-powered device. Powered surfaces are also embedded in non-conductive materials or even manufactured as plug-and-play powered surfaces. Moreover, this wireless charger is capable of simultaneously charging multiple devices very quickly and finds applications in homes, schools, offices, and worksites.
What About The Other 180 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence so you can achieve your goals faster. The 5 wireless charging solutions showcased above are promising examples out of 185 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.