Power What’s Next

Wireless Power

In 1905, our company’s namesake Nikola Tesla wrote: “The economic transmission of power without wires is of all-surpassing importance to man.” We are intent on reviving his dormant dream, and providing wireless power solutions for our increasingly interconnected world.

Escaping the Wires

Today’s electronic devices, including the rapidly growing internet of things (IoT), are designed for untethered connectivity. However, battery life constrains performance and limits freedom. We are addressing this by providing state-of-the-art wireless power solutions for 21st century devices.

Leading the Charge

Nikola Labs has an advantaged far-field wireless power technology that converts radio frequency (RF) energy into direct current (DC) power. Over the coming months and years, we will demonstrate our technology in various applications, and work with partners to rapidly bring wirelessly powered products to market.

The History

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. Today, we are witnessing a resurgence. What has long been considered science fiction is at our fingertips and will 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

WIRELESS POWER CONSORTIUM (WPC)

WIRELESS POWER CONSORTIUM (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.