Q&A with the new Editor-in-Chief of Wireless Power Transfer – Professor Nuno Borges Carvalho
Q: What do you think is distinctive about the journal, Wireless Power Transfer?
A: Wireless Power Transfer is the only journal 100% dedicated to the topic of wireless power. This allows the journal to act as a source of knowledge for people that want to enter the area, by reading tutorial papers, and also for people that would like to explore the area by reading news in the field. The Journal focuses both on reactive and non-reactive wireless power transfer.
Q: What are some of the challenges facing the field today?
A: The challenges are the same as they were in the past, namely to maximize the efficiency of the overall system. It is important to guarantee that energy can be converted with the minimum of loss so that systems can replicate many of the power cables that are currently in use. Many researchers are exploring ways to implement these changes to optimize energy efficiency. Another challenge the journal covers revolves around reducing the need for batteries, by exploring IoT and Passive sensor developments to reduce, or even eliminate, battery use in certain situations.
Q: In what new directions might the field go?
A: Reactive low frequency inductive and capacitive WPT is already here. Many phones and gadgets already use it and soon electrical cars will too. The challenge, in this case, is to create more compact solutions and improve energy efficient approaches. Additionally, electrical coupled RF energy transfer is still an idea of high interest with limited commercial approaches. As a result, the field will develop solutions for far-field, long-range and wireless-power transfer links.
Q: What attracted you to the field of Wireless Power?
A: Wireless power goes back to Nikola Tesla studies. This is a field that was followed as an application for radio energy propagation at the same time that Guglielmo Marconi proposed solutions for communications. Whilst communication has evolved and impacted society significantly, wireless power transfer has not changed a great deal since then. However, this is the era of advances in this field as the potential for societal impact and change are similar to those previously faced by radio communications.
Q: Why should authors publish in Wireless Power Transfer?
A: Wireless Power Transfer is the only journal wholly devoted to this topic. This means that researchers in the area and material are published in a single place, discussing pros and cons of the technology, and enabling a high level of visibility. This is important if you want to enter the field.
You can read the September 2018 issue of Wireless Power Transfer by clicking here
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Read a free chapter of each title by clicking on the links below:
- Roselli (Ed.)., Green RFID Systems – read the contents and chapter 2 ‘RFID Background’ for free
- Carvalho/Schreurs, Microwave and Wireless Measurement Techniques – read the contents and chapter 1 ‘Measurement of wireless transceivers’ for free
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- Jenkins, Renewable Energy Engineering – read the contents and chapter 1 ‘Energy in the Modern World’ for free