Examining wireless energy transfer technology creates a sense of mystery and awe at the possibilities for the emerging tech. While the potential for benefits may astound, reviewing the theoretical downfalls might also give cause as to why this tech isn’t seeing more research and application.
Potential Benefits of Wireless Energy
The simplification of energy transfer and removal of wired “clutter” would be the first immediate benefit of wireless energy transfer, or WET, implementation. Mutual induction, a form of WET, would allow for docking stations where devices could be powered without the need for plugs and wires.
Simplicity would further be enhanced by evanescent wave coupling use, which allows electricity to bridge longer distances with no health risk. This form of WET would eliminate the need for electricians when adding electrical features to a building, for instance.
Two Simple, yet Meaningful Downfalls of WET
The need to standardize all WET use and provide backwards-compatibility for current electrical implementations are WET’s biggest drawbacks. Adding mutual induction or evanescent wave coupling features to current devices would be a costly endeavor.
The final drawback is the large possibility of simple energy theft. This situation is akin to wireless internet theft, where the added convenience makes thievery that much simpler.