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In this paper, a high-power high-efficiency wireless-power-transfer system using the class-E operation for transmitter via inductive coupling has been designed and fabricated using the proposed design approach. The system requires no complex external control system but relies on its natural impedance response to achieve the desired power-delivery profile across a wide range of load resistances while maintaining high efficiency to prevent any heating issues. The proposed system consists of multichannels with independent gate drive to control power delivery. The fabricated system is compact and capable of 295 W of power delivery at 75.7% efficiency with forced air cooling and of 69 W of power delivery at 74.2% efficiency with convection cooling. This is the highest power and efficiency of a loosely coupled planar wireless-power-transfer system reported to date.
Date of Publication: May 2009