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Systems and Methods for Directional Reactive Power Ground Plane Transmission

United States Patent Application

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Systems and methods for transmitting electrical power through a ground plane are provided. A phased array of transmitters transmits moving, reactive power ground waves through a ground plane to a focus. A receiver, disposed proximate the focus, collects and converts the reactive power to real power for use in driving an electrical load. By adjusting the timing between the individual transmitters in the array, the focus may be moved to accommodate a mobile receiver. The reactive power ground waves may enter the receiver by conduction or induction.
Thundat, Thomas George (Knoxville, TN), Van Neste, Charles W. (Kingston, TN)
12/ 572,349
October 2, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.