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Silicon Valley startup that transmits electricity wirelessly raises $30 million

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Reach Power, a Silicon Valley startup that transmits electricity wirelessly, said Friday it had raised $30 million in a funding round to help it commercialize its products.

Reach Power Inc, a Silicon Valley startup that transmits electricity wirelessly, said Friday it had raised $30 million in a funding round that will help it commercialize its products.

While large dish antennas with high-power sources have been used to demonstrate similar technology in the past, Chris Davlantes, founder and CEO of Reach, said the recent development of high-powered antennas that can precisely focus beams of power and control software improvements have made it possible to create effective wireless power transmission systems.

In a demonstration for Reuters, Davlantes connected a battery-free radio to an antenna-based wireless power receiver that powered the radio up to 25 feet (7.6 meters) from the power transmitter.

When asked about the safety of firing stronger bolts of electricity, Dalvantes said the systems can detect objects and turn them off or surround them. “We always guarantee that when you’re in close proximity to one of our systems, you get exposure that meets the same limits as all cell phones,” she said.

Reach signed a contract with the US Department of Defense for prototypes that can combine multiple power delivery modules for stronger power transmission or longer ranges, he said.

Reach has also designed a power chip that can emit and receive carrier waves of electricity that will be used in commercial products the company plans to ship in the first quarter. Initial customers include manufacturers and logistics companies using robots and autonomous vehicles.

“Reach will do for energy what Wi-Fi did for Internet access: cut the cord,” said Matt Ocko, co-founder of DCVC, who led this funding round. He said there are a handful of other startups in the field, but none can match Reach’s “combination of power, distance, scalability, energy efficiency, security and cost effectiveness.”


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