System for wireless energy distribution in a vehicle

  • US 9,744,858 B2
  • Filed: 04/15/2016
  • Issued: 08/29/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/27/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for wireless energy distribution in a vehicle, the system comprising:

  • a plurality of source magnetic resonators each coupled to a vehicle power source and creating a wireless power zone within the vehicle, each of the plurality of source magnetic resonators configured to generate an oscillating magnetic field at a resonant frequency to transfer power wirelessly to one or more device magnetic resonators coupled to a load, each of the one or more device magnetic resonators in wireless communication with at least one of the plurality of source magnetic resonators; and

    a power management facility in communication with the plurality of source magnetic resonators and the vehicle, wherein the power management facility coordinates power usage within the wireless power zone of the vehicle to allocate power to the one or more device magnetic resonators based on at least two modes of the vehicle, such thatwhen the vehicle is in a vehicle operational mode, the power management facility adjusts the power to the one or more device magnetic resonators using a smart auto-tuning algorithm, andwhen the vehicle is in a conservation mode, the power management facility adjusts the power to the one or more device magnetic resonators to ensure the vehicle power source is never fully drained.

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