Emrod partnered with Powerco, New Zealand’s second-largest energy distribution company, to support the demonstration of our technology, with the long-term intention of using it to solve their edge of distribution challenges, where it is costly to send power across rugged terrain to reach remote communities on their network.
With a large existing network of cables and overhead lines supplying electricity to its customers, Powerco sees the potential for wireless power transmission to distribute electricity to and from locations that have previously been difficult or expensive to reach, such as remote communities.
“Emrod has now successfully demonstrated that they can transmit wireless power in an indoor environment,” says Ric Barbiellini, Powerco’s Network Transformation Manager.
“We are keen to see whether Emrod can now increase the power output of the prototype for long-range power transmission.”
The next steps will be further demonstrating the safety, efficiency and reliability of our wireless power transfer system, and deploying a pilot project in the field.
“Working with forward-thinking industry partners like Powerco has been an important part of our strategy to ensure our system meets the requirements to be commercially viable,” says Emrod founder and CEO, Greg Kushnir.
“We’ll be doing further testing and optimisation over the coming months before deploying the system into the field later this year.”
SGS, a leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, provided independent third party witnessing of testing of equipment to verify performance against stated targets.
Emrod’s collaboration with Powerco continues and we are looking forward to field trials in 2022.