WiGL, Inc Among Teams Competing in AFWERX Energy Showcase
HAMPTON, VIRGINIA January, 12, 2021 – AFWERX, the catalyst for fostering innovation within the U.S. Air Force, announced WiGL, Inc, short for Wireless electrical Grid Local Area Networks, Inc as one of the 179 participating teams selected from across the globe competing to Reimagining Energy for the DoD.
The AFWERX Challenge is centered around six topics - Fixed and Mobile Energy Generation, Energy Transmission and Distribution, Fixed and Mobile Energy Storage, New Warfighting and Operational Equipment, Data Availability for Improved Planning and Decision Making, and Energy Culture, Policy, and Education. The proposals selected to advance represent innovative solutions to allow for more effective warfighting and humanitarian missions less reliant on fossil fuels.
Located in Hampton, WiGL, Inc is competing in the Energy Transmission and Distribution Challenge alongside a diverse group of teams - originating from the vast regions of North America, Europe, Australia and other allied countries – that represent entrepreneurial startups, small businesses, large enterprises, academic institutions and research labs all vying to Reimagine Energy for the Department of Defense.
“The AFWERX Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenge is critical to our mission of increasing collaboration between large businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate solutions for the Air Force,” stated Mark Rowland of AFWERX. “On behalf of AFWERX and the Department of Defense, we congratulate the teams advancing to the next phase. Their contributions are invaluable and have the potential to create game-changing results across the Air Force enterprise.”
The Energy Transmission and Distribution Challenge strives to identify ways to transport and distribute energy to where it is needed. The Department of Defense (DoD) consumes large amounts of operational and facility energy to provide a combat-credible force. The DoD is one of the largest single consumers of energy globally, and the Air Force is the largest user of fuel energy in the US Government. The way we generate, transmit, store, and use this enormous amount of energy today is both a paramount combat enabler and a potentially crippling vulnerability.
WiGL is smart microgrid electrical wireless power! Using far-field energy transfer to direct radio frequency, WiGL converted a potential radiating electromagnetic power source into a smartly-routed, 21st century wireless LAN. Performing a series of trials using 2.4GHz frequency, the very safe frequency band used for WiFi, WiGL successfully demonstrated WiFi harvesting for wireless power.
“WiGL power works like WiFi, simply login and go!”
To learn more about the Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenges, click here
ABOUT WiGL, Inc
WiGL is a smart, touchless, wireless power company. WiGL, Wireless-electric Grid Local Air Networks (pronounced “wiggle”), is bringing new technologies developed for the Department of Defense to improve the value proposition of countless goods and services… by sending targeted energy through the air.”
WiGL aims to help people ditch cords and wires. Imagine getting electric power the same way we get to the internet wirelessly. Login to an over-the-air wireless electrical powered WiGL network and power or recharge your devices.
Established in 2017, AFWERX is a product of the U.S. Air Force, directly envisioned by former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. Her vision of AFWERX — to solve some of the toughest challenges that the Air Force faces through innovation and collaboration amongst our nation’s top subject matter experts. AFWERX serves as a catalyst to unleash new approaches for the warfighter through a growing ecosystem of innovators. AFWERX and the U.S. Air Force are committed to exploring viable solutions and partnerships to further strengthen the Air Force, which could lead to additional prototyping, R&D, and follow-on production contracts.