Drayson’s next mission: commercialize wireless power transfer technology

Drayson Racing is familiar to Charged readers as the developer of the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV electric Grand Prix race car, which set a new FIA World Electric Land Speed Record in 2013, and uses a Qualcomm Halo wireless charging system.

Now Lord Paul Drayson has launched a new business, building on Drayson Technologies’ expertise in the use of wireless power in automotive applications. Drayson Wireless Limited aims to commercialize technology developed at Imperial College London (ICL) for wireless transfer of power over longer distances.

The company has developed a near-field power transfer system that can transfer 1.5 kW over a distance of up to 0.5 meters, and a long-distance system that can transfer 10 mW at distances up to 5 meters. Both systems claim end-to-end efficiency of over 80 percent.

Drayson Wireless is based upon research conducted over several years at Imperial College, with which it has signed a long-term strategic research agreement. The team also includes senior-level talent from companies such as Qualcomm, PowderJect and Circassia. The new firm’s mission is to accelerate the transfer of wireless energy technology from the research lab to the marketplace.

 

Source: Drayson Wireless Limited