Wireless power industry to cross $1 billion revenue mark in 2012
In recent years, wireless devices and systems have become ubiquitous not only in consumer markets, but also for a multitude of commercial, industrial, and military applications. Despite this surge in mobility, however, even the most portable of wireless electronics remain reliant on the wired electrical system to charge their batteries.
But according to a recent report from Pike Research, new innovations in wireless charging and transmission systems are signaling a day when electricity itself will become more mobile.
Clint Wheelock, president of Pike Research, said: â€œThe electrical cord is the one tether that has yet to be cut for most mobile users. Todayâ€™s early wireless charging systems mostly use inductive charging technologies that require direct contact between the charger and the device, but research is well underway on systems that will eventually transmit power wirelessly over long distances.â€
Wheelock adds that wireless power will have important applications in several key market sectors during the next decade: consumer electronics, mobile computing and communications devices, electric vehicles and their charging stations, industrial applications, military applications, and ultimately long-distance transmission.
Key technologies currently being pursued within the industry include induction, magnetic resonance coupling, conduction, radio frequency and microwaves, and lasers.
Pike Researchâ€™s analysis indicates that wireless power could also have a meaningful impact on clean technology markets in several ways include: Reducing the need for copper-wire transmission grids; Transporting power from remote generation sources, such as wind farms and solar arrays.
Several ways also include: collecting and utilizing micro-power from ambient sources, such as cellular networks, that otherwise dissipates - a technique known as power harvesting; replacing costly and carbon-intensive electricity sources, such as diesel generators, in temporary applications and locales.
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