Near-field Wireless Power Transfer Technology for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: A Systematical Review

Xiaolin Mou, Daniel Gladwin, Jing Jiang, Kang Li, Zhile Yang

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) technology has seen a significant boost in the past ten years and has been widely adopted in entertainment, rescue, intelligent transportation, notouch delivery, environmental monitoring and other real world applications. However, the ranging limitation due to the shortage of battery energy capacity remains a major issue hindering further development of UAVs. Wireless power transfer (WPT) technology is a new technology of great potentials in improving the endurance of UAVs. The integration of WPT into UAV not only activates the recharging of UAVs batteries, but also enables UAVs to recharge other devices. Moreover, wireless charging technology allows the device to be fully enclosed and suitable for harsh weather conditions. This paper presents a comprehensive review in regard to the state-of-the-art of nearf ield WPT technologies for UAV charging, including technologies characteristics, design issues, as well as multiple case studies. A comparative analysis of existing technologies are also presented, associated with key future research discussions of WPT for UAVs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147 - 158
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Industrial Electronics
Issue number1
Early online date28 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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