Energous and NGK to Enable Maintenance-free IoT Devices via Wireless Power Networks

Energous and NGK to Enable Maintenance-free IoT Devices via Wireless Power Networks

Energous, a leading developer of RF-based charging for wireless power networks, and NGK INSULATORS, one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers - announced a partnership to develop solutions that combine Energous’ WattUp technology with NGK’s lithium-ion rechargeable EnerCera battery to enable maintenance-free IoT devices such as sensors and tracking devices supporting the growing IoT ecosystem.

“As the IoT ecosystem rapidly expands, its wide range of devices need a consistent source of power,” said Cesar Johnston, CEO of Energous. “This partnership with NGK allows us to develop solutions that deliver reliable wireless power over the air for IoT sensors, asset trackers, and more.”

Headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, NGK developed the lithium-ion rechargeable EnerCera battery which is a completely new, compact, and thin energy storage device that combines the advantages of capacitors and lithium-ion batteries. EnerCera battery has two types: “EnerCera Pouch,” an ultra-thin and bendable cell, 0.45 mm thick, for embedding in a card, and "EnerCera Coin," a coin-type cell. EnerCera Coin is the world's first SMD (surface mount devices)-type lithium-ion battery which can be mounted by Solder Reflow, commonly used as an electronic component-mounting process, and it can operate up to 105?. As an efficient and reliable power source, the EnerCera battery can promote the sophistication of IoT sensors, asset trackers, and more.

This partnership will combine NGK’s batteries with Energous’ award-winning RF-based WattUp technology to deliver reliable over-the-air power to recharge batteries to support maintenance-free IoT applications that do not require battery replacement or cumbersome power cables.

“Our batteries have various unique characteristics and can be used across a wide range of applications including in IoT devices such as asset trackers and tags and IoT sensors which are rapidly expanding in number,” said Iwao Ohwada, Vice President, Global Business Creation, Corporate NV Creation of NGK. “These batteries all require a source of reliable and consistent power, and we are thrilled to partner with Energous, a leader in wireless power for years.”

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