7 Ways Wireless Charging is Better for the Environment
“Is wireless charging good for the environment?” This is a question we get asked regularly. The answer is yes, high-efficiency wireless charging is better for the environment for several reasons.
- Wireless power accelerates electrification - fast, safe, and reliable wireless charging accelerates electrification by providing a practical, easy-to-use alternative to today’s unreliable wired charging infrastructure. Most vehicles in use today still have internal combustion engines and battery anxiety is real, slowing the adoption of electric vehicles. Wireless charging works with the power supply that exists today and can be used anywhere, helping move us from IC engines that only use about 25% of their energy for propulsion to electric vehicles that use 80% of their energy for propulsion.
- Wireless charging requires smaller batteries - with wireless charging, you don’t need to store as much energy in the device or vehicle, so you can use smaller batteries. This has a host of benefits, from enabling tiny implanted medical devices for new therapies and a better patient experience to being better for the environment.
- Wireless power requires fewer batteries - wireless recharging eliminates the need for backup batteries to keep vehicles running, such as those used in dangerous and costly warehouse battery swapping procedures today, and also eliminates the need for disposable batteries for some implanted medical devices, like Cochlear Implants, saving money and protecting the planet.
- Wireless charging enables smaller fleets - with wirelessly powered fleets, vehicles never have to stop just to be charged again, which means that there can be fewer vehicles to do even more work. Chargers can be placed on planned routes and where vehicles expect to stop, and with automatic, fast wireless opportunity charging, charging starts in under a second and batteries can be topped off in just a few minutes.
- Wireless charging simplifies vehicle build and maintenance - wireless power reduces complexity of vehicles and makes them easier to build, easier to maintain, and require less materials, all of which are good for the environment from manufacturing through daily operation. With wirelessly charged electric vehicles, you can eliminate things like relays, wires, and interconnects, in addition to enabling smaller batteries.
- Wireless power supports, rather than stresses the grid - with wireless power, charging is distributed evenly throughout time and space, preventing the huge energy draws you see during peak charging times. In addition, bi-directional data transfer between wireless chargers and in-device or on-vehicle receivers enables smart charging such as charging on demand and optimized power use across fleets. With smart, wireless chargers, unused charging stations can be identified and used by vehicles or other equipment that need them so charging happens as needed, which is better for businesses and the planet.
- Wireless enables new energy storage solutions - lastly, with wireless power, companies and individuals can become energy providers and not just energy consumers, leveraging bi-directional power transfer when needed to provide backup power from batteries back to the grid and not just the other way around.
Of course, not all wireless power is created equal and for wireless charging to usher in a cleaner energy future, it has to be fast, safe, and reliable. Reach out today to learn more about our highly efficient, easy-to-use wireless charging for implanted medical devices, consumer electronics, and electric vehicles.