Wireless charger manufacturer Resonant Link has been selected to participate in the Shell GameChanger Accelerator (GCxN), a collaboration between fossil fuel giant Shell and the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that provides early-stage cleantech companies with resources to accelerate product commercialization.
By participating in the program, Resonant Link will benefit from NREL’s research capabilities, receive up to $250,000 in funding, and have access to networking opportunities through NREL’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.
Resonant Link’s technology, the Multi-Layer Self-Resonant Structure (MSRS), was invented at Dartmouth College in 2013. The company says it achieves 5-10 times lower power losses than other wireless charging technologies. Resonant Link has demonstrated its technology with customers in the medical device, consumer electronics and electric mobility fields.
As part of the GCxN project, Resonant Link will partner with NREL to independently validate the performance gains of its SAE J2954-compliant charging coils.
“Through the GameChanger Accelerator, Shell and NREL will independently confirm the benefits of our breakthrough technology for automotive charging, with existing demonstrations showing 5 times lower losses than is even theoretically possible with conventional litz-wire-based coils,” said Dr. Grayson Zulauf, CEO of Resonant Link. “High-performance, cost-effective wireless charging solves one of the key friction points of EVs—the complexity and user experience of charging.”
“EV charging requirements remain a major barrier to wide-scale customer adoption, and the associated increase in demand for electricity poses risks to the electric grid,” said Yesim Jonsson, Shell’s GCxN program manager. “The companies in GCxN’s fifth cohort are developing technologies that will improve the efficiency and safety of electric vehicle charging.”
Source: Resonant Link