5G could provide more than just fast connection speeds – it might soon deliver power to your devices too. But is the promise of wireless power transfer too good to be true?
Researchers at the Georgia Tech Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology have developed an antenna system for 5G energy harvesting that could eliminate the need for batteries in IoT devices.
In their paper, “5G as a wireless power grid”, published in the January 2021 edition of Scientific Reports, researchers Aline Eid, Jimmy Hester and Manos Tentzeris outline their revolutionary new design for a playing card-sized antenna that can harvest spare electromagnetic energy from 5G signals and convert it to power – in effect, turning 5G networks into wireless power grids.
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