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River Publishers Series in Communications and Networking 

Wireless Power Transfer

Editor: Johnson I Agbinya, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

ISBN: 9788792329233

Price: € 90.00

Available: August 2012



Nikola Tesla's dream in the early 20th century of a "World Wireless System" led him to build the Wardenclyffe Tower, a prototype base station serving as an emitter for his "World Wireless System". The base station was to supply wireless electrical energy to a distant receiver. This book builds upon that dream and is a result of intensive research interest in powerline, machine to machine communications and wireless power transfer globally. Wireless energy transfer or Witricity (WIreless elecTRICITY) transfers electricity instead of data. The technology is useful in cases where instantaneous or continuous energy is needed but interconnecting wires are inconvenient, hazardous, or impossible. The transfer is made through inductive coupling and electromagnetic radiation. Inductive coupling provides optimum power delivery to a receiver load if both the emitter and the receiver achieve magnetic resonance concurrently. Energy transfer systems mostly use antennas operating in their near field regions. As fossil energy sources are being depleted rapidly worldwide and oil prices soar, solar energy enhanced with wireless power transfer (WPT) have become reasonable alternatives for renewable energy and power harvesting. They are finding use in transportation, electric and hybrid vehicles, very fast trains and the emerging field of Internet of Things. This book is written by the leading experts on wireless energy transfer technology and its applications. It introduces and explains the technology in great details and provides the theory and practice of WPT through the two approaches of coupled mode theory and circuit theory. Both approaches are dependent on resonance techniques. The level of presentation is suitable for design and training. In depth coverage is provided on near field concepts; coupled-mode theory and models; circuit models of inductive antennas; radiative and inductive wireless power transfer, wireless power relay concepts, optimization techniques for wireless power transfer systems, control of wireless power transfer systems, wireless charging concepts; wireless energy transfer applications in electric vehicles, embedded medical systems and propagation in human tissues. Each chapter is written by experts on a selected aspect of wireless energy transfer. The authors have gone to great lengths to provide worked examples to assist the reader in working through some of the difficult concepts and to allow more understanding. The book is an excellent foundation for applying wireless energy transfer technologies in most fields including transportation, communication, home automation, biomedical systems and home appliances. The book is recommended to practitioners and engineers in the power industry, students in universities and research institutes. Honours and post graduate students in Physics, electrical/electronic engineering and computer science will find the book easy to read and apply because of the mode of presentation.

Contents: 1. Power Transfer by Magnetic Induction Using Coupled Mode Theory; 2. Wireless Power Transfer With Strongly Coupled Magnetic Resonance; 3. Low Power Rectenna Systems for Wireless Energy Transfer; 4. Inductive Wireless Power Transfer Using Circuit Theory; 5. Magnetic Resonant Wireless Power Transfer; 6. Techniques for Optimal Wireless Power Transfer Systems; 7. Directional Tuning/Detuning Control of Wireless Power Pickups; 7. Technology Overview and Concept of Wireless Charging Systems; 8. Wireless Power Transfer in On-Line Electric Vehicle; 9. Wireless Powering and Propagation of Radio Frequencies Through Tissue; 10. Microwave Propagation and Inductive Energy Coupling in Biological Skin for Body Area Network Channels


inductive communications, near-field communications, magneto-inductive networks, wired networks, magneto-inductive sensors, Internet of things