Wireless Power Week 2021 Set Record-Breaking Attendance

The 2021 IEEE Wireless Power Week (WPW) was held from June 1 through 4 in a virtual format. It was a great success with record-breaking 2,500+ participants. The 2021 WPW was a congregate event of two world-leading conferences, hosted in parallel, in wireless power transfer technologies: the IEEE Workshop on Emerging Technologies: Wireless Power (WoW); and the IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference (WPTC).

The WPW has been the largest event in the world for wireless power transfer research since the inception in 2018 and this year was no exception. This year alone, there were record-breaking 2,500+ participants, 9 industry sponsors, 9 keynote speakers, a full-day of WPT school, and 9 technical sessions. Overall, the WPW has published approximately 1,100 papers and been attended by nearly 3,000 people from all over the world since 2018. For general information on WPW 2021, please visit the official website: http://wpw2021.org/.

Due to the still strong presence of the pandemic, the 2021 WPW was held virtually through the Whova platform and the conference recordings were also simultaneously made available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/WirelessPowerTransfer). In case you missed the 2021 IEEE WPW, YouTube videos are still available for you to view and share them with colleagues and friends.

The 2021 WPW had excellent keynote presentations that reflected a wide variety of past and current states and future trends in the wireless power transfer field. Select titles from the keynote speeches include “Wireless power is ready to realize its potential (Airfuel)”, “Shaping the future of RF wireless power transmission (Energous)”, “To get a grip on the Earth and shake it: Nikola Tesla’s scheme for wireless power transmission (Prof. Carlson)”, “Wireless charging for electrified roadways (Dr. Ozpineci)”, “Wireless charging for electric vehicles: moving to mainstream (WiTricity)”, “Accelerating adoption of magnetic resonant wireless power based on the AirFuel standard (EPC)”,  “Wireless power and power beaming (Dr. Jaffe)”, “Addressing the charging problem for every vehicle type (Momentum Dynamics)”, “RF safety of wireless power transfer technology (Prof. Lin)”, “Worldwide standardization of wireless power transfer for EVs (ZEV Station).” These keynote speeches are also available on YouTube.

The 2021 IEEE WPW was financially co-sponsored by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) and IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), and technically co-sponsored by MTT-S, PELS, and Antenna Propagation Society (APS). Additionally, the 2021 IEEE WPW had Energous, Momentum Dynamics, and WiTricity as Platinum sponsors, Chroma as Gold sponsor, and Ansys, EPC, ETA Electronics, and Intdevice as Silver sponsors.

The IEEE WPW for 2022 will be held in Bordeaux, France, from July 4 to 8, 2022, hopefully in person. In 2023, the two conferences (i.e., WoW and WPTC) are planned to be integrated as one with a new name, “Wireless Power Conference and Expo” and will be hosted in San Diego, US on June 7-10, 2023. We sincerely hope that our conference and wireless power transfer field grow bigger each year, and more colleagues find more research and collaboration opportunities through our event.