Elix is commercializing a new method of electrical wireless power transfer. Elix’s solution makes innovative use of rotating permanent magnets that are coupled together via the rotating magnet fields created by the magnets. This new approach for wireless power transfer avoids the potential health risks associated with high frequency electromagnetic fields that alternative wireless power solutions generate.
The genesis for the concept behind the Elix solution can be traced back to UBC physics professor Lorne Whitehead, with support from an initial research and development of 8 people working with him at his lab at UBC. Although originally conceived as a solution for recharging medical devices, the team soon adapted the technology for use in recharging electrical vehicles and this work cumulated in a successful pilot implementation on a small fleet of electric service vehicles.