RF-based wireless power specialist Energous has announced that its new high-power WattUp PowerBridge transmitter has received U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Part 18 grant of equipment authorization for 15 watts of conducted wireless power transfer. The approval enables higher power transmission for the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, safely delivering higher levels of power, with no distance limitations to IoT and other connected devices such as electronic shelf labels and RF-based asset tracking.
This new FCC certification follows recent global regulatory approvals received by Energous and increases the amount of power that can be transmitted wirelessly in the United States.
“This is a landmark approval for Energous, as it enables us to now transmit 15x more power than previously allowed without distance limitations,” says Cesar Johnston, CEO of Energous. “This achievement is the result of our long-term and continued focus on increasing both power and distance for Wireless Power Networks utilizing our advanced systems ICs.”
WattUp PowerBridge transmitters are capable of charging multiple devices simultaneously at-a-distance using RF-based wireless power. Transmitting 1W, 5.5W and now 15W, WattUp PowerBridges send power to and also act as a data link for connected IoT devices such as sensors, Electronic Shelf Labels (ESLs), IoT tags, batteryless devices and more.
Multiple WattUp PowerBridge transmitters can be meshed together to create a WattUp wireless power network covering unlimited distances for large footprint deployments such as retail stores, industrial warehouses, manufacturing plants, logistics hubs and more. By providing consistent levels of power for IoT devices and eliminating the costly need to manage and change out batteries or rely on restrictive power cables, says the company, its WattUp PowerBridges usher in a new reality of batteryless, mobile, waterproof, maintenance-free and easier-to-implement devices.