A Highly-Efficient Near-Field Wireless Power Transfer System That Is Immune To Distance And/Or Coupling-Coefficient Variations

Tech ID: 25755 / UC Case 2016-390-0


UCLA researchers in the Department of Electrical Engineering have developed a novel design for a wireless power transfer system. This new design is optimized to function stably over a greater and variable distance than current systems and to function with a higher efficiency.


In contrast to current systems of wireless power transfer, this technology provides stable power delivery over a varying distance up to 2.5 cm. By using a self-tuning oscillator as the driver, the transmitter tunes its frequency in concert with the receiver and maintains stable energy transfer, with fluctuations of only 4%.

This system also corrects for power loss during transfer and is designed to maximize receiver efficiency. Particularly for smaller devices, the heat associated with energy loss in the receiver is undesirable. The technology described here maximizes the receiver efficiency (80-90%) and allows the transmitter to dissipate the (still fairly low) energy loss.


  • The proposed system is able to keep power delivery stable over a relatively larger distance than the current technology. Increased distance then reduces the need for specific placement and alignment of the transmitter and receiver, which is particularly a problem with implanted medical devices. No specific design requirements, like magnets or plastic plugs, would be necessary for alignment.

  • The technology described here focuses on maximizing the efficiency of the receiver (80-90%), as the transmitter is usually larger and more able to dissipate the heat. This design component is essential to make wireless power transfer feasible for small electronics and implanted medical devices.


State Of Development

A prototype of the proposed design was constructed and tested to determine efficiency rates, measure the range of efficacy, and to monitor the stability of power delivery. In all measurements taken, the prototype performs as designed.

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 10,547,200 01/28/2020 2016-390


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Near-field, wireless power transfer, wireless charging, inductive charging, wireless energy transfer, plugless power, consumer electronics, electric vehicles, high-efficiency energy transfer, mobile

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