Self-Tuning Multi-Transmitter Wireless Power Transfer to Freely Positioned Receivers

Xiaojie Dang*, Prasad Jayathurathnage, Sergei Tretiakov, Constantin R. Simovski

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Abstract

Free positioning of receivers is one of the key requirements for many wireless power transfer (WPT) applications, necessary from the end-user point of view. However, realization of stable and effective wireless power transfer for freely positioned receivers is technically challenging because of the need of complex control and tuning circuits. In this paper, we propose a concept of power channeling via an array of repeaters that enables self-tuning of multi-transmitter WPT systems without any sensing or control elements. The proposed WPT system consists of uncoupled transmitters and uncoupled repeaters which form independent power transfer channels. The proposed self-tuning WPT system is capable of maintaining stable output power with constant high efficiency regardless of the receiver position. Namely, our numerical and experimental results for a four-transmitter WPT system in form of a linear array show the efficiency 94.5 ± 2% for any position of the receiver within 20 mm range.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9127947
Pages (from-to)119940-119950
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Access
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • free positioning
  • multiple transmitter coils
  • overlapping coils
  • Wireless power transfer

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