Morris KESSLER - Chief Technology Officer
Wireless Charging : Coming to an EV Near You
Abstract: The shift to electrification in the transportation sector is real and accelerating. Sales of EVs are increasing. This trend is predicted to accelerate with 5x growth in just the next 3 years. How will all these vehicles be charged? Much effort is being put into building out networks of fast DC charging along highway corridors, yet over 90% of charging occurs at home or work at more practical Level 2 charge rates. Wireless charging is now a real option for keeping the growing number of EVs charged and ready to drive. Automakers are now offering wireless charging as a factory installed option, and in a recent survey, EV buyers overwhelmingly prefer wireless charging over popular upgrades. In this talk we will discuss the requirements and challenges for EV wireless charging systems, look at some current systems, and explore where the technology is headed.
Speaker's Bio: Morris Kessler is the Chief Technology Officer at WiTricity where he is responsible for research and development activities. Prior to joining WiTricity in 2007 he was a founder of Wide Net Technologies, Inc., which developed unique optical communication and sensing systems for both government and industry. His work at Wide Net Technologies involved secure high-speed communications systems for fiber and free space applications, and the development of novel nano-photonic devices for communications and sensing. From 2000 to 2003, Morris held the position of Consulting Engineer at PhotonEx Corporation, where he was responsible for transmission engineering and testing and played a key role in the development of the PhotonEx 40 Gb/s optical transport system. Morris spent ten years with the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he led research programs in electromagnetic scattering, antenna arrays, novel antenna structures and photonic band-gap structures. He held the position of Principal Research Engineer when he left. Morris was a post-doctoral fellow at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory where he studied semiconductor quantum well lasers. He holds over 70 patents and has published over 40 technical journal and conference papers. He holds a B.S, M.S., and Ph.D, from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Thomas MEYER - CEO position
Wireless charging 3000 meters subsea
Speaker's Bio: Dr. Thomas J.J. Meyer is a French citizen with a chemistry undergrad background obtained at the University of Bordeaux. He moved to England in 2003 to pursue a master in Scheffield followed up by a PhD in physics at the University of Southampton. In 2010, he relocated to Norway and worked as an associate professor at the University of Agder as well as a senior researcher for the research institute NORCE. After undertaking a business accreditation dispensed by MIT in 2016 got engaged in research-based entrepreneurship and during the period 2017 to 2020 obtained an executive MBA as well as launched Machine Prognostics AS, a company commercialising edge vibration sensors. In 2021 he took the CEO position at Unplugged wireless power. His interest lies in commercialising research-based innovation as well as building organisations leveraging monetisation of technological IPR.
Cesar JOHNSTON - Chief Executive Officer
Abstract: Soon, the number of internet-connected devices will outnumber humans 5 to 1, according to IDC which projects nearly 40 billion IoT devices by 2025. These billion of devices have one feature in common: the need for consistent and reliable power to properly function and scale. However, today most IoT devices deployed today rely on either cumbersome charging cables or on batteries that must be frequently replaced at varying intervals, both of which place massive strains on maintenance teams and limiting the value these devices can deliver. In this talk, we will explore how Wireless Power Networks -- an ecosystem of technologies including transmitters and receivers – can enable consistent wireless power transmission across any distances for a wide range of applications to help solve the power needs of today’s and tomorrow’s power-hungry devices.
Speaker's Bio: Mr. Cesar Johnston joined Energous in July 2014 and serves as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. Cesar is a seasoned technologist, entrepreneur, and investor. Prior to Energous, Cesar has had a broad experience in large enterprises and startups. He has previously served as Vice President of Engineering for Wireless Connectivity at Marvell Semiconductor. During his time with Marvell, Cesar led Marvell’s worldwide R&D and development of all Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM, and NFC products. Prior to Marvell, Cesar drove technology innovation at Broadcom responsible for 802.11g and 802.11n products. Cesar has over 20 years of experience working across hardware, software, and services and is recognized as a pioneer in the technology development of multiple first-of generations of SISO and MIMO wireless products. He serves on the CTO Council for the Global Semiconductor Alliance, is an IEEE Senior Member, and is an advisory board member to KINS Technology Group. He also has written over 40 conference and journal papers and holds 27 patents. Cesar holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and holds a Certificate of Business Excellence (COBE) from the University of California, Berkeley.
The wireless power technology landscape continues to evolve
Abstract: The reach of the wireless power technology continues to grow and expands beyond smartphones, to wider applications and industry sectors, be it consumer, wearables, appliances, computing, smart home, medical, industrial, robotics, automotive, e-mobility, telecom, retail amongst others. Wireless power technology is on the brink of becoming mainstream and soon to be offered as a standard feature, but it needs further technological advancement and at regular intervals. New applications with unique form-factors, design challenges, charging needs, use-cases, and with the strong desire for interoperability are adopting next-generation wireless power solutions that include - low-frequency induction and resonance; high-frequency resonance and NFC Charging; ultra-high frequency ‘distance’ wireless charging based on RF, infrared (IR) as well as Energy Harvesting. While the use of industry standard-based solutions had triggered adoption, we are expected to see influx of proprietary solutions catering to the specific needs of wide range of applications, with unique use-cases, addressing pain-points of consumer and commercial establishments. Times are going to be interestingly wireless.
Speaker's Bio: Dinesh Kithany, a well-established technology expert, is a Founder and Chief Analyst at Wired & Wireless Technologies (WAWT), a strategic technology analyst and consultancy firm, specializing in wireless power, power supplies and EV charging infrastructure sectors. Prior to founding WAWT, Dinesh was the lead industry analyst on wireless power and the power supply industry with IHS/Informa. He is one of the most sought-after analysts in the industry today. Dinesh has 26+ years of experience, of which past 11 years have been in technology sectors, including smart home, smart appliances, smart connectivity, robotics and drones, interface battleground, wireless power, power supplies and EV charging infrastructure. It’s safe to say, he is passionate about research and delivering insights. Dinesh has helped wide profile of businesses grow at an extraordinary pace with his expertise and strategic advice. He is widely recognized as a key industry thought-leader. He is a regular invitee to speak at key industry conferences, trade shows and events worldwide, including CES, IFA, CABA, ITRI, PCIM, Electronica, APEC and at industry conferences held by Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), NFC Forum, Wireless Communications Alliance (WCA), AirFuel Alliance (AFA) and Wireless Power Week (WPW).