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War of Waves

A literal power struggle is underway, the results of which will determine the core technologies used in wireless power and revolutionize the world as we know it today.

Defining the 21st Century

Over one hundred years ago, in 1905, our namesake Nikola Tesla wrote: “The economic transmission of power without wires is of all-surpassing importance to man.” It’s time to bring these dormant dreams to fruition. At Nikola Labs, we believe that wireless power, along with the ubiquitous internet, will define what it means to live and work in the 21st century.

Escaping the Wires

Today’s electronic devices are designed for mobility. Battery life, adversely, remains a constant constraint on true mobile freedom. While devices are mobile, users are often in pursuit of the nearest outlet. We’re addressing this problem by building an infrastructure of 21st century powering solutions for the 21st century electronic devices.

Leading the Charge

Nikola Labs is a wireless power company with the best, safest, and most efficient technology to convert radio frequency (RF) energy into direct current (DC) power. Over the next year we will demonstrate our technology in different applications, working with partners to quickly bring those products to market.

We believe that the conversion of RF energy into DC power is the core technology that will win the War of Waves. It’s the safest and most efficient method, rigorously studied and well-regulated. At the helm, developing the Nikola Labs technology, is world-renowned engineer Dr. Chi-Chih Chen from Ohio State University’s ElectroScience Laboratory.

The History

The idea of wireless power has been in the public consciousness for more than a century, but with the passing of Nikola Tesla, the most prominent mind behind the vision, progress stalled for decades. Now we’re seeing a resurgence. What has long been considered science fiction is at our fingertips and likely to become commonplace in the next decade.

The market research firm IHS Technology predicts that by 2018 wireless power will be an $8.5 billion industry, up from $216 million five years earlier.

Below are some of the most important events in wireless power history thus far:

1888

SPARK GAP TRANSMITTER

SPARK GAP TRANSMITTER

German physicist Heinrich Hertz creates a spark gap transmitter and receiver, proving the existence of electromagnetic waves.

1891

TESLA COIL

TESLA COIL

Nikola Tesla invents and first demonstrates the Tesla Coil, allowing wireless transmission of power over short distances.

1901

WARDENCLYFFE TOWER

WARDENCLYFFE TOWER

Construction on Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower begins in Shoreham, New York, with failed hopes that it will have the potential to broadcast power worldwide.

WWII

WIRELESS EXPERIMENTS

WIRELESS EXPERIMENTS

In the WWII era, there were several experiments with wireless power, particularly with microwave technology and rectennas, which could convert microwaves into DC power.

2008

WPC

WPC

The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) is formed in an effort to boost collaboration among wireless power companies and the Qi inductive power standard is created.

2015

NIKOLA LABS

NIKOLA LABS

Nikola Labs develops and demonstrates RF harvesting technology, which will be embedded directly into devices to achieve wireless power.