AirFuel Alliance Welcomes uBeam, Creator of Ultrasonic Always-On Wireless Energy

September 11, 2019 by Paul Shepard

uBeam Inc., the pioneer of ultrasonic power-at-a-distance Always-On Wireless Energy™, announced today that it has become part of the AirFuel™ Alliance, a global consortium of industry leaders focused on enabling and accelerating the adoption of contact-free wireless energy technologies and standards worldwide.

uBeam's CEO, Simon McElrea, will deliver an address on the applicability and readiness of ultrasonic wireless power at the Alliance's Annual Members Meeting in Krakow, Poland, September 11-12, 2019.

The mission of the AirFuel Alliance, which comprises leading members from the semiconductor, original equipment manufacturer (OEM), and energy infrastructure sectors, is to promote critical wireless power technologies and to create an ecosystem of inter-operable products and the global public infrastructure to connect and power them.

"We are delighted to join AirFuel," said Simon McElrea, uBeam's CEO. "As the leading body in the promotion of wireless energy technology and standards, its mission is perfectly aligned with uBeam's. AirFuel has driven alliances and standards in both Resonant and RF technology to date. uBeam looks forward to introducing ultrasonic technology into the AirFuel portfolio, and to expand the breadth of market solutions and applications to their worldwide partners and customers."

About uBeam

uBeam is the inventor of ultrasonic power-at-a-distance Always-On Wireless Energy™, utilizing ultrasonic array technology to deliver reliable, long-range wire-free charging. By developing proprietary transducers, transmitters, receivers, and custom enterprise software, uBeam's technology delivers usable power to devices ranging from portable electronics, medical and aerospace devices, to IoT devices and networks.

uBeam transmitter (click on image to enlarge)

The transmitter works like a regular audio speaker, except it transmits an ultra-high frequency sound that is imperceptible to the human ear. The transmitter is modular and can be scaled to an appropriate size for any application. Each transmitter can be customized to include functionalities such as dynamic beam forming, computer vision, mobile receiver tracking, and simultaneous multi-receiver support.

uBeam receiver (click on image to enlarge)

Like a microphone, the receiver picks up the ultrasound waves and converts the acoustic energy back into usable electrical energy via uBeam's proprietary ultrasonic transducers. The receivers can be charged either while they're static or in motion. The receivers can be embedded directly into various electronic devices, or as retrofit kits to replace existing batteries or cords.