The Next Wave: Wireless Power Transfer
WAVE, Inc., a Utah State University spin-out company, tackles the problem of heavy and expensive electric vehicle batteries through wireless power to transfer electricity between vehicle and roadway.
Rather than electrifying an existing highway, WAVE’s solution for bus routes will electrify sections of roadway at specific intervals—where a bus loads and unloads passengers, and where it waits to begin its next route. Embedded-roadway and vehicle-mounted receiver plates transfer energy wirelessly through magnetic induction.
WAVE’s first project will be to electrify a bus route on the University of Utah campus funded by a $2.7MM TIGGER grant from the Federal Transit Administration.