Unified Coil and Compensation Network Design for Improving Wireless Power Transfer Efficiency Over Wide Output Load Variation Ranges

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It is shown that compensation network and coil design collectively affect wireless power transfer efficiency. Based on this fact, a novel design approach of wireless power transfer (WPT) systems is proposed. Unlike majority of existing designs which aim at enhancing power transfer efficiency (PTE) at one rated operating point, the proposed design enhances the overall system PTE. This feature is essential for variable output loads such as batteries, where their internal impedance varies during charging period. To achieve this goal, improving time-weighted average efficiency of WPT system is set as the design criterion. Experimental studies of a 1.2 kW WPT system supplying constant resistive loads and battery loads verify that the proposed design enhances PTE both at rated output load and under wide output load variations.

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IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics

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