IPT Technology joins Norwegian Arendals Fossekompani (AFK)

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IPT Technology welcomes acquisition by Arendals Fossekompani (AFK)

IPT Technology joins Norwegian Arendals Fossekompani (AFK) securing its next steps for accelerating growth towards full market adaptation of wireless energy transfer solutions.

Arendals Fossekompani (AFK), a Norway-based green-tech investment company active within the energy industry, has signed an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of IPT Technology. At the same time, AFK is establishing a new group, Evolgy, which will own both IPT and the Norwegian induction heating company EFD Induction.

“Under the terms of the deal, IPT will continue to accelerate its mission to become the leading wireless energy provider for industrial and e-mobility applications. We have taken an intensive path to select the best possible strategic partner offering all ingredients to facilitate and support IPT into its next phase, accelerated growth and full market adaptation.”, explains IPT Management Richard van den Dool.

“We are convinced that we have found the best partner and platform in AFK and, thereby, acting together with EFD Induction under the roof of Evolgy. We share ambitions and a genuine passion for making it happen. The synergies on R&D, markets, and customers, combined with the global presence, footprint, and proven experiences, provide a wealthy fundament to build Inductive power technologies contributing to the worldwide energy transition.”, said IPT Management Victor Hoynck van Papendrecht.

“We are very pleased to have such a strong partner who fully supports our mission, enabling IPT to further commercialize our innovative products worldwide at a time when the transition to electric vehicles, smart cities, but also smart factories with its digital transition to Industry 4.0 is gathering pace.”, added Van den Dool and Hoynck van Papendrecht.

IPT Technology was founded in 1996 as Europe’s first producer of solutions for induction charging and wireless power transmission. The company has built its future-oriented technological solutions, protected by more than 1,200 patents. IPT offers user-friendly, cost-effective, and safe alternatives for sustainable charging of electric vehicles as well as power supply solutions for industrial applications. The systems are perfectly suited for warehouses, airports, factory floors with Automated Guided Vehicles and similar places where forklifts, robots and other lifting systems are used. IPT has also contributed to the development of so-called “en route” wireless charging, where vehicles are charged during short halts at, for example, bus stops or ferries. In 2021, IPT acquired the company Primove from Bombardier, which, among other things, has developed solutions for induction charging of cars and trucks in collaboration with Audi and Scania, respectively. The most future-oriented technology lies in IPT’s e-mobility concept, which includes wireless dynamic charging of cars while driving.

Over the last couple of years, Arendals Fossekompani has sharpened its investment profile, focusing on companies with a green profile and a strong technical competence within areas expected to have significant growth from electrification, big data, and the shift to a carbon-neutral future.

“Today’s solutions for electric cars are plugin charging stations and home chargers. Future solutions may include self-driving cars that charge while driving on normal roads. IPT has the technology and expertise to make this happen”, says Ørjan Svanevik, CEO of Arendals Fossekompani. Evolgy will merge two companies with complementary induction technology: The well-established, global green-tech company EFD Induction, which delivers solid results – and the wireless charging innovation company IPT Technology, which has great growth potential”, added Svanevik.

“This is going to be a game-changer”, says Magnus Vold, Chief Commercial Officer of EFD, who has been actively involved in the process. “IPT’s technology really complements our own, and AFK sees great growth potential in this. EFD Induction’s key technological competences within induction and power electronics could also be used in other business applications such as wireless energy transfer”, he points out.

So far, IPT Technology has distributed its products through agents and subcontractors. Now, IPT products will also be sold through Evolgy with the help of EFD Induction’s worldwide sales force, representing many new opportunities for our sales teams.

“As the previous shareholder of IPT Technology GmbH, we are proud to have reached this milestone with AFK, says Robert Getreuer, owner and MD of IPT Group BV and Reico Industries BV. Eight years ago, we saw the vast market potential of Induction and stepped into IPT to guide it to its next level. This goal has been successfully reached. We are convinced that with AFK and Evolgy, we have secured further growth opportunities and strengthened IPT’s capabilities. IPT’s team and management are highly motivated by this takeover to accelerate its commercial and product development successes for its Industrial and E-Mobility segments.”

It will still be a while until the Evolgy brand is implemented. EFD Induction will continue to do business under the EFD Induction brand, and IPT will do the same under the IPT brand. The operation will persist with all key employees in their current positions.

More information: Evolgy

Arendals Fossekompani 
Arendals Fossekompani (AFK) is a green-tech investment company that owns energy- and technology-related companies which enable the transition to a green economy. AFK operates globally in several future-oriented industries, including 3D printing, algo trading, satellite services, battery- and solar technology, software, and digitization. Established in 1896, AFK has been a proud producer of renewable hydro power for more than 100 years. The company is headquartered in Arendal, Norway and listed at the Oslo Stock Exchange.

EFD Induction
EFD Induction is a leading international green-tech company that supplies cost-effective, safe and energy-efficient induction heating solutions that enable companies around the world to reach their productivity and sustainability goals. The company’s equipment is supported by a global network of manufacturing plants, research facilities and service offices, with more than 1,000 employees in over 20 countries. Their ground-breaking, sustainable heating equipment is used in a wide range of industries, and the company is the world’s leading supplier of heating solutions for the renewable energy sector. EFD Induction, which for many years has been the preferred supplier of equipment to most of the world’s car manufacturers, is now dedicated to helping make the production of electric vehicles even more eco-friendly. The EFD Induction head office is in Skien, Norway.

Arendals Fossekompani is setting up Evolgy, a global group focused on various applications of induction technology. Evolgy will initially consist of EFD Induction, a large multinational company that supplies induction heating equipment, and the newly acquired IPT, a German innovation company specializing in induction charging.

IPT and Giovenzana about to revolutionize in the world of automation, material handling and elevators.

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IPT announces a new distributor partnership with Giovenzana International BV

IPT is pleased to announce its new distributor partnership with Giovenzana International BV. Giovenzana is specialized in design, development, and production of high-quality components in many industrial fields like Automation, Lift and Elevator, Handling system and ATEX and IECEx. The partnership offers a complete next-generation power transfer solution for many industrial applications using today’s most advanced wireless power transfer technologies.

Giovenzana has become a well-known name in offering innovative and safety electrical solutions as a reliable technology partner to government, commercial and industrial sectors. Like IPT, Giovenzana has established itself as a trusted technology partner for its innovative electrical solutions.

“Giovenzana is proud to continue delivering value with the addition of IPT Wireless Power Transfer solutions for its customer base. This is a big breakthrough in our effort to provide customers with next-generation power transfer solutions. We strongly believe that IPT’s innovative technologies and expertise can help us create new and unique solutions for our customers,” says Mehmet Resit, Sales & Marketing Director, Giovenzana.

“We are very proud that Giovenzana has chosen IPT to provide wireless power transfer solutions for the industrial market,” says Richard van den Dool, CEO, IPT Technology. “With an expanded worldwide presence, this partnership will allow IPT to support and serve customers specific needs quickly and efficiently.

Alessandro Fossemo, Sales & Business Development Manager Industrial Movement at IPT says: Our collective commitment to delivering products, systems and services that increase flexibility to production processes and guarantee optimum safety and improved availability even in harsh, wet, or sensitive environments. IPT aims to simplify customer access to the extensive range of contactless power transfer solutions through our distributor partners. New innovative products will also be made available, including our smaller, smarter, and lighter 85 kHz series of IPT Rail and Floor contactless power transfer solutions, ready for Industry 4.0.”

Giovenzana International will be the official distributor of IPT® Rail, IPT® Floor and IPT® Industrial Charge products. It will be responsible for sales, supporting IPT with the local installation, trial tests, operation and after-sales. The appointing of the partnership with Giovenzana belongs to IPT’s commercial strategy to establish local Sales & Service partnerships to optimise customer centrality.

About Giovenzana
Founded in Italy in 1952, Giovenzana has gradually consolidated its experience in the field of safety components for industrial technologies. With 68 years of experience, Giovenzana has focused its strategy on creating innovative and reliable products able to anticipate market needs. Quality and competence guide Giovenzana in developing real safety solutions for the different needs of the market. Today its high-quality products are recognized all over the world. Giovenzana strongly focuses on environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. The company mission is safety first of all. Know-how and experience are the solid basis for designing safety devices that are reliable, ergonomic, and intuitive.

Giovenzana sells to 75 countries and develops components in full compliance with European and international standards. Giovenzana exports all over the world and manages its customers through a competent and available global sales network. Giovenzana creating, designing, and implementing safety solutions to meet the needs of its customers within its business areas: Handling systems; Industrial automation; Elevator/Lift and escalator technology, and Atex and IECEx equipment for Hazardous Locations.

More information: Giovenzana

The world first public on-street wireless EV charger for car fleets

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IPT is excited to play a crucial role in the world first public wireless EV charger in the UK for car fleets using existing grid infra from lampposts.

IPT is excited to play a crucial role in the world first public wireless electric vehicle charging trial for car fleets using existing grid infra from lampposts in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

The UK project, led by electric vehicle charging infrastructure innovator,, with funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Innovate UKIPT delivered the technology and manufactured the wireless charging products for the OSRIC project (On-Street Residential Inductive Charge). 

This project is paving the way for a future of EV charging free of cables and is the first of its kind available to the general public in the UK. It is a profoundly collaborative effort, with support and input from Buckinghamshire CouncilMilton Keynes CouncilLondon Borough of Redbridge, the University of Warwick, the Open University, hiyacar and IPT Technology.

The technology works via an electrical induction charging pad installed in the ground into a dedicated parking spot. There is no visual pollution in the streets due to charging stations and cables, which is potentially hazardous for other road or pavement users. The solution is easy to operate using the MAAS app. 

The Marlow wireless charging trial is the first of many to be trialling and showcasing this groundbreaking wireless charging infrastructure. There are nine trails to follow and soon be expanded at other sites within Buckinghamshire and locations in London Borough of Redbridge and Milton Keynes with several car brands and types of electric passenger cars to demonstrate the interoperability of the wireless charging system.

These vehicles are available to book through the hiyacar platform, membership-fee free, for £1 per hour or £5 per day (plus insurance).

If you’re in the London area, why not experience the convenience of wireless charging with the Renault Zoe for yourself?

Watch the video from GB News about the World first on-street public wireless charger in the UK.

Find out more on the OSRIC Demonstrator website.

Passed the audit and renewed our ISO 9001:2015 certification with flying colours!

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IPT is happy to announce that we have successfully renewed our ISO 9001:2015 certification

As further proof of our commitment to deliver only the highest-quality products and services, IPT is happy to announce that we have successfully renewed our ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Proud to mention that the ISO auditor was impressed with our investing and further expansion of our team in times of corona, together with an excellent welcome introduction program and offer outside training to the entire team.

An outstanding achievement, and cheers to our team!

What does this certification stand for, and what are the benefits for you?
ISO 9001:2015 is the most recognised and implemented quality management system standard in the world. ISO 9001:2015 specifies the requirements for a QMS that organisations can use to develop their own programs. Customer satisfaction is our number one goal, and therefore we strive for quality into every part of our organisation. Each element of a quality management system helps achieve the overall goals of meeting our customers and the organisation’s requirements.

  • Improving processes
  • Reducing waste
  • Lowering costs
  • Facilitating and identifying training opportunities
  • Engaging staff
  • Setting organisation-wide direction

With DIN ISO 9001:2015, the focus is on qualitative elements such as e.g. quality management, the monitoring of testing instruments and measuring equipment, the documentation of all relevant processes, or the regulation of knowledge and risk management. 

This way, even existing processes that already function well can be optimised and perfected to an even higher degree.

In daily cooperation with other companies, also with the decision-making process of both our and your customers – the certifications help as orientation aids and provide the foundation for taking a qualified decision. 

Check out our new IPT industrial brochure

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Download the new IPT Industrial Brochure and Datasheets

Our new IPT Industrial Brochure is now available. The brochure features an advanced generation of industrial contactless power supply solutions that bring flexibility to production processes and guarantee optimum safety and improved availability.

Click here (IPT Rail) to download the IPT Industrial Brochure & Datasheets and learn about the features, functionality, and specifications of IPT Rail & IPT Floor Inductive power transfer products and solutions.

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With agreement on an SAE standard for wireless charging systems set to herald their wider roll-out 

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Nick Flaherty from E-Mobility Engineering reports on developments in wireless charging technology.

Ready to roll

The technology for wireless charging of e-mobility systems has reached a critical point. With the SAE J2954 standard now agreed for consumer EVs, the technology has the potential for widespread adoption.

The standard focuses on relatively low-power charging systems, from 3.3 kW through to 11 kW. This is aimed at static charging of cars at home or the office or light trucks that charge overnight at their depot.

However, installing a wireless charging system is an additional cost for the vehicle design, as a cable connector is already a prerequisite. Installing wireless charging pads embedded in roads also brings an additional cost, including a connection to the grid.

As a result, the standard is optimised for single-phase home power systems, where connection to the grid is affordable. The three-phase connections required for higher power are much more costly.

There is still a requirement, though, for more powerful charging systems for opportunity charging to top up a vehicle’s batteries when it stops briefly. For buses, trucks or boats, such systems can double the useable lifetime of a battery pack through the day. Multiple charging coils can be combined on a bus to increase the power transfer in a quick burst.

Then there is dynamic charging, which provides power to vehicles during operation. This can be achieved using a series of static charging systems, for example, with a taxi rank where the cars charge while stationary before moving to the charging point.

Then there is dynamic charging, which provides power to vehicles during operation. This can be achieved using a series of static charging systems, for example, with a taxi rank where the cars charge while stationary before moving to the charging point.

That can allow vehicles to have smaller battery packs, as power is delivered from the road, but it requires significant updates to road infrastructures, and trials around the world are demonstrating how such a system would work.

Charging technology

The basic technology for wireless charging is relatively simple. Feeding AC to a transmitter coil on the ground to wirelessly coupled to a receiver coil to transfer power was developed by Nikola Tesla more than 100 years ago.

The design of the coils is also important in the engineering trade-off between the distance between them and the efficiency of the power transfer. The closer together they are, the tighter the inductive coupling and the higher the efficiency. However, this is a challenge for e-mobility designs where the distance can vary, for example, from a sports car to an SUV, a light commercial truck or a bus, all with different heights above the ground.

Some developers have devised techniques to raise the lower pad to reduce this distance, but that introduces installation and mechanical challenges, particularly for a coil embedded in the road. This approach also needs more complex adaptive control of the frequency and power through the coil as the separation distance changes.

The frequency of the AC creates the magnetic field for the coupling of the coils. Monitoring the power through the receiver and feeding back to the transmitter via a comms link allows the optimum efficiency for the power transfer, known as the Q factor.

This comms link can be via wi-fi, Bluetooth or a proprietary scheme. With consumer electric cars, this needs to be linked into a car’s system, so wi-fi is the main technology used, although aftermarket systems are looking at a Bluetooth link to a mobile phone to provide the comms. For other wireless charging systems for trucks or buses that are dedicated to a particular system, other wireless comms links can be used.

However, most of the patents for these wireless charging systems are based on the safety of the system and the comms link between the coils. The key area for safety for wireless charging is foreign object detection (FOD).

With large amounts of energy passing between the coils, a metal object such as a coin or a can on the charging pad can heat up and cause problems, for example, melting the pad and damaging the coil.

FOD can be achieved in a number of ways. For example, capacitive sensors in the pad can be used to monitor the performance of the coils. A metal object on the pad changes the capacitance, allowing its presence to be detected. That does not necessarily detect organic objects, such as an animal on the pad in a garage, though. Optical sensors around the edge of the plate using infrared LEDs and photodiode detectors or even Lidar can be used to detect both metal and organic objects on the pad and switch off the charging process if an obstruction is detected.

The SAE standard

A key step for developing wireless charging systems was the publication in 2020 of a standard for wireless charging. J2954 defines a unidirectional wireless charging system of up to 11 kW at a frequency range of 81.39-90 kHz.

Three power levels are defined – 3.7 kW for WPT1, 7 kW for WPT2 and 11 kW for WPT3. With a maximum separation between the coils of 250 mm, the grid-to-battery efficiency is expected to be up to 94%, although the standard defines three vertical distances, or Z values, from 100 to 250 mm.

The standard also defines the acceptable tolerance for aligning the ground coil and the vehicle coil in the lateral x and y directions when the vehicle is driven over the ground pad. This ranges from ±75 mm in the direction of travel and ±100 mm in the lateral direction.

The standard also includes message protocol specification for the comms links. J2847/6 uses work by the SAE J2954 Alignment and Controls Sub-Team in the Wireless Power Transfer and Alignment Task Force, adding a message set based on the JSON message definition using IEEE 802.11n wi-fi hardware.

J2954 was originally developed to test wireless energy transfer interoperability between unmatched ground assembly (GA) and vehicle assembly (VA) systems, components made by different companies. It adds more message definitions to indicate that proper coil alignment has been achieved, initialise the subsystems for wireless charging, ramp up to full power, perform active wireless power transfer, and terminate the charging session.

“Our technology works over a wide power range, from light-duty L2 charging 7-11 kW up to 50, 75 kW and above,” says Morris Kessler, chief technology officer at technology supplier Witricity.

“Our initial focus is L2 at 7-11 kW, and that’s what the SAE standard says. The standard is based largely on our technology, and we will comply with the standard – it avoids proprietary solutions so you can have multiple vehicles charging from one pad.” 

Rather than building its own pads, Witricity is licensing the technology. The first commercial implementation was a 3 kW system in a 530e BMW in 2018, with the technology also installed in a limited edition Mclaren Speedtail supercar in 2020.

“We have licensed our technology to T1 and infrastructure suppliers to create standards-compliant solutions and reference designs,” Kessler says. “The first mainstream implementations will be in Asia this year, by a large Korean carmaker and two China-based car makers, and over the next one to four years, there’ll be a number more,” he says. “The publication of the standard was a very important catalyst, but it’s important to have reference systems to test against. Those have a different set of reference electronics with different comms standards and control systems.”

The 11 kW power level is based on the grid power available to most homes and workplaces. The SAE also has a working group called WPT4 that is developing a 22 kW version, but work on that has been postponed as it was not ready for the first version, says Kessler.

“We have been working on FOD technology for a number of years,” he adds. “Our system detects metallic objects fast enough to avoid any hazards. For a street-based system, an object such as a coin on the pad might be hot; it’s important that it doesn’t happen, so opportunity charging will probably require FOD. In a depot, it is a more controlled environment, and even if there is a coin on the pad, it won’t damage the ground coil or the vehicle.

“We have an array of sensors in the ground pad that are essentially metal detectors. They operate across the GA surface and are sized to detect objects as small as a paperclip. You have to isolate this sensing from the power transfer field, and we have ways of doing that.”

Frequency range

However, there is some reluctance to adopt the 85 kHz coupling frequency. “We will not change our system to meet the latest SAE systems,” says Richard van den Dool, CEO of Inductive Power Transfer (IPT), which has been developing wireless charging for automated ground systems. It bought the Primove wireless charging business from Bombardier earlier this year, expanding the range of technologies it can use. “We have different concepts: some fall 100% into the SAE standard, some 100% outside,” van den Dool adds.

“We strongly believe that the SAE standards are not the final ones – this is also backed up by some of the market players and carmakers. The standards need to be developed further to be truly optimised, and that is something we are working on with a revision 2 to see if we can work with rev 3 to make the technology more producible and workable. “The IPT and PRIMOVE technologies can be built into SAE, and we have a proven installed base. However, the standards need to be developed such that the products are manufacturable. Being driven by one company based on a patent licence model does not make products out of it; it’s very much about the coil design and the choices made there.”

Van den Dool also points to limits with dynamic charging. “Dynamic charging will be extremely expensive with those standards,” he says.

Kessler says, “That is the result of years of work on the standards to survey which frequencies are critical worldwide and what might be available, and that was decided among a wide group of people.

“The 79-90 kHz band was open and available for use globally. We’ve built systems in the past at other frequencies, but this choice was a compromise for global compatibility,” he says.

“Initially we were working at a frequency of 150 kHz, so the trade-off is as you go up in frequency, the coils can be lower loss but the electronics have a little more loss; as you go down, the electronics are more efficient but the coil losses increase. That means there’s a nice balance between the electronics and high-efficiency coils [at 85 kHz].”


Manufacturability of the wireless charging systems is also a focus for Plugless Power, which makes wireless EV charging stations. “There has been this phase change,” says its CEO Michael Anderson. “Wireless gives you an entire connection, directly syncing with a cell phone, a link to the car and everything else. The concept of never having to go to a fuelling station and never having to plug the vehicle it is the ultimate convenience. The SAE standard was key here – there had to be an individual standard,” he says.

The integration into a vehicle as an aftermarket addition is the next step. “We are asking car makers for an SAE compatible plug alongside the charger to enable a coil to be fitted to allow an aftermarket charger,” Anderson says. “Our pads will have Bluetooth to connect to a cell phone, bypassing the hardwired charger. In the future, we would love to have full integrated comms with the car.”

The Plugless technology was developed by Evatran, which was bought by a consortium of investors at the end of 2020 and renamed. The patents are based around FOD sensing, comms and some of the power management systems related to heat management, says Anderson. Tackling the thermal issues gives a 92-94% end-to-end efficiency, he says.

The company is also looking at using Lidar imaging to map the underside of a vehicle as it moves over the charging pad to automatically register the type of vehicle and modulate the power accordingly to provide a higher level of charging to a system that could support it. The Lidar would also be used for food and additional applications such as surveillance and security.

The company has developed a 3.3 kW pad for the car that is 1.5 in thick with housing and with a 15 x 15 in the receiver coil. It weighs 17 lb (7.7 kg), mainly from the copper for the coils and the cooling. “Our goal is to keep the whole package under 20 lb; there’s no material impact on vehicle efficiency,” says Anderson.

The transmitter pad is 3 in thick and measures 24 x 24 in to include the sensors for alignment and the power management circuits.

A second-generation system is targeting an 8.6 kW unit at the end of this year, with a third-generation planned at 11.2 kW for the SAE standard for the middle of 2022.

“We are debating whether to go with the SAE standard or buck the system,” Anderson says. “The problem is that there is a general sentiment that one company had too much of a hand in the standard.”

The Plugless strategy is based around the capabilities of the home. “The higher the power output, the larger the transformer required in the home,” he says. “We believe it is quite possible to get to 50 kW for home applications, and we see that in the near future, but once you get past that, there are the economics to consider. Consumers are probably willing to pay an extra 5-10% for wireless charging, but the more powerful systems will be three to four times higher in price.

Like Plugless Power, IPT is looking at the way the systems are used. “Our objective is to have an interoperable pickup for home and work,” says van den Dool. “We are targeting the home market and the second car in the household, the city shopper with a 24 kW battery for example where you charge the battery once a week.

“We chose 3.6 kW for a charger, as every household has a 3 kW standard plug with a single-phase supply. A 7.2 or 11 kW charger needs a three-phase connection, and you have to pay extra for that,” he says.

More powerful systems

IPT started by delivering wireless power to industrial robotic systems such as baggage trolleys so that batteries would not be needed. It implemented its first e-mobility system in 1998 and has been developing high-power systems for static charging of buses.

It has systems in Genoa and Turin in Italy, Madrid in Spain and Braunschweig in Germany. It supplies the wireless charging system for a bus route in London and is part of the OSRIC project in London to install wireless charging on streets in the city. It is now looking at maritime systems to charge electric boats when they dock.

“The advanced technologies are in the positioning system and FOD,” says van den Dool. “This was developed with metal detection specialists and tuned for a pad with a system to recognise tiny differences in the metal as well as learning about the vehicle’s environment. For example, the metal in the vehicle and the field detection can create noise, making the assembly a challenge.”

“We have different coil concepts,” he says. “For example, the coil design is different for the 100 kW IPT system and the 200 kW PRIMOVE system. The IPT system uses a round coil design with a single-phase, while PRIMOVE uses three-phase charging through a single coil. The sinusoidal current uses the three phases to provide a consistent magnetic field at 20 kHz.”

“We target the distance and maintain this for maximum efficiency, so we have a ‘Z mover’ to change the height,” he says. This rises up by 25 cm to reduce the gap to 1 cm for maximum efficiency. This also helps to reduce the EMI from the coils.

The Z mover has its own safety editions. “We use a pinch protection mechanism from a window lifter in a car, and we can operate down to -25 C and with a snow load of 3 kg,” says van den Dool. The coil on the Z mover is a double-D shape and gives a tolerance in the pickup of ±10 cm in both lateral directions. It communicates via Bluetooth to the satellite navigation system in the vehicle that details the correct position. The satnav them communicates with the vehicle chargers via the CAN bus.

“Our design covers the standards to 2018, but we are rebuilding the development team around it to align with the SAE standards,” says van den Dool.

“We have a platform for light-duty vehicles at 3.6, 7.2, 11 and 22 kW, and most likely with 44 kW. The 44 kW system is under evaluation as we need to see what the demand is. Our heavy-duty platform starts at 88 kW, so that would perhaps be better.”

Other bus systems use multiple coils on the bus to provide higher power delivery.

Momentum Dynamics, for example, has developed a system for opportunity charging where a bus is charged for 7-10 minutes every hour while stationary. It can be used for up to 16 hours a day, maintaining 75% state of charge and nearly doubles the usable power from a bus’s battery pack.

The system is a modular design, consisting of four charging pads connected in parallel on the vehicle, with each pad capable of delivering 50 kW of power to the battery. The ground side of the system is ruggedised and installed in the roadway. The charging electronics cabinet is located near a bus stop, and the first system has been installed at a stop at Columbia Station in Wenatchee, Washington state, where multiple transit vehicles arrive each hour.

Dynamic charging

The challenge for wireless charging is extending the static charging capability to moving systems. The coil developed by Primove and IPT is less a coil than it is a cable. It can be 20 m long and installed every 40 m, added to the concrete when a road is being built.

The system essentially has two rails in the concrete, designed to avoid the EMI between the cables and to reinforce the sinusoidal feed that provides the charging. “This is the most appropriate for dynamic charging, as you don’t need a massive coil,” says IPT’s business development manager Dr Sergio Perez. “We achieved 160 kW at 60 kph in trials in Belgium with a Bombardier proof of concept.”

The cables are 100 mm thick and can deliver 250 kW of power to multiple vehicles. “We did some tests with the cables, and found that as long as they have the same frequency, the vehicles can share the power,” says Dr Perez. “We also used the static coil in the Braunschweig bus project and tested it with a VW Golf with a standard inductive system.”

The system is now being extended to marine applications. “We are using the same coils from IPT for electric passenger ferries aligned on a pontoon,” says Dr Perez. “This is in a fjord in Norway, so there is limited movement of the water, and it gives 2.8 kWh of top-up charging.”

These wireless charging roads are not future technology. Sweden has commissioned the world’s first smart road that can charge an electric truck as well as a bus inductively while in full motion.

The Smart Road in Gotland uses technology from Electron for dynamic wireless mobile power transfer. The coils are deployed 8 cm under the surface and activated only when a corresponding vehicle such as a truck or a bus drives on top of it.

The 1.6 km road is part of a 4.1 km route between the local airport and the city centre of Visby on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, and installation was completed at the end of January this year. An electric truck is used to test the operation of the road in different weathers to ensure the system is ready for large-scale roll-out.

The consortium developing the road includes EOTech, a Swedish subsidiary of Vinci, one of the world’s biggest infrastructure and construction companies, and the Swedish Rise Research Institute. It also includes Dan Bus Company, which is based in Israel. The coils for the smart road are manufactured by French company Hutchinson.

The consortium developing the road includes EOTech, a Swedish subsidiary of Vinci, one of the world’s biggest infrastructure and construction companies, and the Swedish Rise Research Institute. It also includes Dan Bus Company, which is based in Israel. The coils for the smart road are manufactured by French company Hutchinson.


Despite the disagreements over the definition of the technology, the roll out of wireless charging for e-mobility systems has reached a tipping point. The SAE standard is a key step in giving vehicle makers confidence to install the technology. That is driving down the cost of the equipment and creating an ecosystem of wireless charging technology that is expanding for more powerful trucks, buses and marine systems.

Developments will remain split between a focus on low-cost 3.6 kW chargers for consumer convenience and the more powerful equipment for opportunity charging. Dynamic charging with specialised roads will follow for specific applications, with shuttles as an early opportunity.

Source article: E-Mobility Engineering – Wireless Charging
Author: Nick Flaherty

IPT become an industry member of the US NSF funded ASPIRE

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IPT is going to the USA! We are proud to announce that we’ve become an industry member of NSF-funded ASPIRE

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE) and to be part of developing new infrastructure for seamless electric vehicle charging, which means charging electric vehicles will be easier than ever.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have this industry leader join our efforts as we collectively effect the societally beneficial impacts coming from advanced technology development and deployment,” said Dr. Regan Zane, ASPIRE Center Director. “IPT’s experience and capability, combined with ASPIRE’s research scope reach across the electric transportation ecosystem, will certainly help expedite those positive impacts.”

Focus on Dynamic Wireless Roadway Charging
“Our focus will be on further development and rollout of our unique patented Dynamic Wireless Roadway Charging solution”, says CEO/CCO Richard van den Dool. “With a proven continuous charging capacity of 180 kW, while driving 80 km/h (50 mph) with an overall efficiency of more than 90 per cent, it shows already the potential of this unique technology.” “This membership is also an opportunity to work closely with relevant Industry leaders and Universities in developing charging infrastructure and systems that facilitate the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.”

Wireless power drives mobility
With almost 25 years’ experience and a track record of 80,000 meters of dynamic powered tracks for industrial and several e-mobility applications, combined with many wireless charging stations for buses, trucks, delivery vans and passenger cars in European cities such as London, Madrid, Barcelona, and Berlin, it is time for IPT to bring our solutions to the USA.

The NSF-funded ASPIRE Engineering Research Center will take a holistic approach to eliminate range and charging as barriers for electrifying all vehicle classes, from passenger cars to heavy-duty trucks. ASPIRE’s approach is to pursue innovative wireless and plug-in charging and infrastructure technology solutions that bring power to the vehicles? Where they drive and park. The result will be smaller and longer-lasting batteries on vehicles, effectively unlimited EV range, and a ubiquitous charging experience. EV users will no longer be concerned with when, where, or how they will charge, and EVs will be less expensive to purchase and operate than their gasoline and diesel counterparts.

Facilities, resources, and partnerships
The ASPIRE team has a comprehensive network of research and testing facilities across its academic and laboratory partners. For example, the Electric Vehicle and Roadway (EVR) quarter-mile electrified test track and facility at USU serves as a centre-wide integrated systems testbed for stationary and in-motion wireless and wired charging grid integration and real-time grid-vehicle systems optimization. It is also an essential resource for hosting workforce development and inclusion activities, stakeholder visitors, and diverse research participants.

The ASPIRE headquarters is located at USU and operated through strategic partnerships with Purdue University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Auckland New Zealand. Additional partners include researchers at Colorado State University, University of Colorado Springs, Virginia Tech and Cornell University and four national laboratories. Global industry partnerships include more than 50 companies and organizations across the transportation and electric utility industries. 

US National Science Foundation
The US National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments, and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the US as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2020 budget of $8.3 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities, and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and US participation in international scientific efforts.

IPT-PRIMOVE joint the task force SAE standardisation of wireless charging EV’s

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IPT is excited and honoured to be part of the international task force with SAE for global standardisation of wireless light-duty and heavy-duty electric-vehicle charging.

With nearly 25 years of development and practical experience in the field, we are convinced to contribute to the acceleration of the technology’s rollout.

SAE ensures that electric vehicle wireless power transfer systems from diverse manufacturers will seamlessly interoperate with each other. SAE TIR J2954 (light-duty vehicles) & SAE TIR J2954/2 (heavy-duty vehicles) is the norm for inductive testing and a guide to assure the performance and safety of Wireless Power Transfer systems when parts of the system are provided from different vendors. All of this makes it possible to transfer power over an air gap with high efficiencies seamlessly, automate charging, and extend the vehicle customer’s range only by parking in the right spot.

SAE TIR J2954/2 establishes an industry-wide specification guideline that defines good interoperability, safety, and testing for wireless charging of heavy-duty and offroad BEV and PHEV vehicles and equipment applications. The goal is to aim for harmonisation with SAE J2954 (light-duty vehicles) standardisation. Power Classes for heavy-duty vehicles and equipment applications are above 22 kW. In addition, vehicle to Ground Assembly alignment is also included.

Welcome to our team Alessandro Fossemo

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Welcome Alessandro Fossemo!

Our new Sales & Business Development Manager – Industrial Movement and Mobility

We are pleased to announce that Alessandro Fossemo has joined IPT Technology GmbH in the role of Sales & Business Development Manager for the Industrial Movement and Mobility.

Alessandro is originally from Italy and currently resides in Austria. He holds an MBA degree from Webster University and a master’s degree in engineering Electronic Automation from Ancona, Italy. He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma green belt holder.

Over the last 20 years, he has been working in various technical, sales, and management roles within industries; including telecom, industrial machinery, electrical systems for energy storage (EV, Automotive and Industrial), and brings several months of wireless charging experience.

Alessandro will put full focus on sales and business development for our existing and new industrial range. His work will include sales engineering & application activities, developing and managing international sales & service partner network, developing OEM business and providing customer support activities for our current and future industrial Movement and Mobility Business.

We are happy to have you onboard Alessandro! Your knowledge and experience will be valuable to IPT.

IPT Group, holding IPT Technology, has acquired PRIMOVE, the e-mobility inductive charging technology portfolio from Bombardier.

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IPT Group taken over PRIMOVE E-mobility Wireless Charging technology portfolio

IPT Group, holding company of IPT Technology, one of the leading global manufacturers of wireless charging and electrification solutions applied in industrial and e-mobility applications, has acquired PRIMOVE, the e-mobility inductive charging technology portfolio from Bombardier.

With this acquisition, IPT combines two cleantech scale-ups in wireless power transfer for e-mobility benefiting from synergies, thereby accelerating IPT’s offering of a complete product portfolio to serve various markets.

“By acquiring PRIMOVE we’re complementing our existing IP and product portfolio and speed up our product-to-market plans,” says IPT’s management, Richard van den Dool and Victor Hoynck van Papendrecht. Both IPT Technology and PRIMOVE are global leaders in wireless charging technology and innovative pioneers with various pilots, prototypes and proofs of concept. Since its start in 2008, PRIMOVE has developed a strong patent portfolio for E-Mobility applications and delivered impressive innovations, achievements and technical knowhow. Next to bus applications, PRIMOVE has invested substantially in light-duty vehicle applications. IPT Technology has its roots in industrial wireless applications and has developed heavy-duty e-mobility solutions. By combining the technology and expertise of both companies, IPT is strengthening its market position and accelerating its business planning.

“PRIMOVE and IPT share a wealth of technology, market experience and installed base. IPT has an ambitious product development strategy”, says CEO/CCO Richard van den Dool. “Now the global energy transition and change-over to battery-driven vehicles are taking off; we need to accelerate our product development. Our focus will move from research, concept and prototype phase, to developing serial products.” Smart City, Smart Mobility, Industry 4.0, Autonomous Driving and other Megatrends are highly dependent on the availability of wireless electrification facilities. “Market demand for static and (semi)dynamic wireless charging applications will boost for all types of transport vehicles by rail, road or water. IPT is fully prepared for this, but we gain direct access to PRIMOVE’s IP, knowhow, and experience with this strategic takeover. That will save time and resources, that now can spend on new developments.”

“IPT Technology is ready to scale up its product development capacity,” according to CEO/COO Victor Hoynck van Papendrecht. “IPT has developed a solid base for further growth, and strongly believes in co-operation and partnerships to build the future. Accelerating and realising our ambitions require strategic and financial partners. With the acquisition of PRIMOVE, we strengthen our product portfolio while improving our proposition as a technology provider. PRIMOVE has always focused on light-duty cars (power range from 3-22kW) and heavy-duty applications (200kW). IPT’s focus has been on Industrial Mobility, making IPT the trusted partner for leading industrial companies to dynamic wireless empower their daily processes.”

With different markets and R&D approaches for light-duty charging solutions, both companies are complementary to each other. PRIMOVE has invested substantially in developing their Z-Mover, an industrialised 3.6kW charging solution for the light-duty car market that includes an impressive metal detection and positioning system. Whereas PRIMOVE approached the car market top-down via OEM’s, IPT worked bottom-up by conducting selected pilots. The first pilot with Daimler started in 2012, followed by pilots with Porsche, Streetscooter (DHL) or EON. Currently, IPT is occupied in a Pan-European charging project driven by the EU (Horizon 2020 – User-Chi).

“We will finalise and complete the developments of PRIMOVE’s Z-Mover and implement the first pilot in Barcelona at the end of 2021,” says IPT Management. Early 2021 IPT will also participate in an innovative project driven by the UK Government (OSRIC=On street Residential Inductive Charge) for which IPT has developed an underground charging solution. This allows 14 cars (different models) to be wirelessly charged overnight via the existing lamppost infrastructure keeping street clutter clean. IPT’s market experiences and pilot agenda combined with PRIMOVE technical leadership and advantages will be a great synergy.

The overlap between the two technologies is clearly on heavy-duty bus applications. IPT has been developing and installing wireless charging solutions (60-100kW) for buses since 2004. IPT’s first-generation charging solution was installed in Turin for 23 e-buses and still is in daily operation. IPT’s 3rd generation Charge Bus technology is used in different European cities, including London and Madrid. With this acquisition, PRIMOVE’s 200kW expertise and installed based in Berlin, Mannheim, Braunschweig or Bruges will be added to the IPT portfolio. Thereby all wireless charged busses across Europe come now from the same team!

Christian Köbel, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at IPT says: “We will further optimise and combine both technologies and build a next-generation Bus Charge for depot and opportunity charging. But Bus will just be one of our focus segments. We also have an ambitious roadmap for static and dynamic wireless electrification, such as car, truck, ship, forklift, AGV/RGV or sorter line applications. With our roadmap, we will offer operators, owners and individuals an exciting range that facilitates their next step towards a wireless future.”

The terms of the deal are not disclosed.


About IPT Technology
IPT is a leading solutions provider of innovative technology and applications for wireless electrification and battery charging. IPT designs, manufactures, installs and services wireless charging systems to power up all types of vehicles ranging from cars and buses to ships, robots and material handling equipment.


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