Wireless loading of professional drones and AGVs

ENGINEERINGNET.BE – Inverto, a spinner of the UGent, is the company that specializes in power electronics that launched the first electric motor without permanent magnets in 2012.

The solid expertise in power electronics in general and inductive loading in particular gives Inverto the opportunity to step through to iN²POWER to become a leading role in Industry 4.0.

Industrial manufacturing companies and logistics companies automate the flow of semi-finished products and goods. Investments in sustainable logistics equipment are growing strongly. In Belgium, an increase of 8% is expected for the third year in a row compared with 2015.

The downside is that these expensive investment goods are immobilized during charging and thereby reducing the scope of operation and useful working hours. The wireless transmission of energy in logistics, industrial and transport applications should solve this.

This technology means that batteries of electric vehicles are charged wirelessly and without charge.

AGVs (auto-controlled vehicles) can also be used in hospitals and retirement homes, for example, for the distribution of medication to patients or the provision of meals.

Humanoid robots that find more and more access to the healthcare sector, work on batteries that need to be recharged. For the development of this, a pilot project is being planned with a hospital in Ghent. In this respect, the technological aspect is not important, but also the acceptance of the AGVs by the caregivers as well as the health and medical staff

In the B2B market for professional drones there is a strong evolution. However, most drones can remain in the air for a limited time, a flight time of more than 30 minutes is rare. After that, the drones must land and plug in the power socket for 1 or 2 hours.

These restrictions are a major breakthrough for drones in the road. A larger battery is not an answer as this results in heavier drones and that is not the ideal answer.

IN²POWER will not limit itself to added value in the context of Industry 4.0 but also focus on state of the art solutions for energy efficiency regarding these applications. << (Guy Leysen) (photo: iN²POWER)