BELLEVUE, Wash., July 31, 2019 — [BUSINESS WIRE] Ossia Inc. (“Ossia”) and NGK Insulators, Ltd.(“NGK”) today announced a strategic partnership to provide customers with a first-of-its-kind, wirelessly powered rechargeable battery solution ideally suited for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. NGK’s EnerCera® series Li-ion secondary batteries are ultra-small, ultra-thin, and ultra-high performance. In addition, EnerCera series batteries are uniquely capable of high-temperature installation, a meaningful advantage. Ossia’s FCC certified Cota® Real Wireless Power™ technology efficiently delivers remote, targeted energy to devices at a distance, and can wirelessly charge EnerCera series batteries while they are in-device and in-use. The joint solution offered by Ossia and NGK removes one of the key barriers to broader IoT adoption—providing meaningful power to IoT devices without the need to remove batteries to recharge or replace them.
“When deployed, IoT devices and sensors augment productivity and enhance the customer experience. But providing meaningful, consistent power to them has been limiting broader IoT proliferation,” said Preston Woo, Ossia’s Chief Strategy Officer. “NGK has now commercialized the world’s smallest high-performance Li-ion secondary batteries. These EnerCera Coin and Pouch batteries provide sufficient power for feature-rich IoT devices in very convenient form factors. By integrating Cota Real Wireless Power into IoT devices, combined with NGK’s EnerCera batteries, IoT devices will have high functionality while staying constantly charged. This is a fundamental game-changer in the real world.”
Ossia’s recent FCC certification announcement targets commercial and industrial spaces, prime for the NGK EnerCera line. The largest barrier to the promise of IoT’s proliferation is the ability to deliver power to billions of devices in a cost- effective manner. There will be 30 billion IoT devices by 2020, and the number is expected to grow to more than 75 billion by 2025, according to industry estimates. But a deployment on that scale is nearly impossible to achieve through traditional wired power, and devices operated by conventional disposable or rechargeable batteries present their own challenges, including both the financial and labor costs associated with removing and replacing batteries as well as the environmental impact of battery disposal.
“At NGK, our corporate philosophy is centered on adding new value to society and enriching human life,” said Iwao Ohwada, General Manager of NGK’s ADC division. “Our collaboration with Ossia is perfectly aligned with those ideals. Delivering secondary batteries into devices with wireless recharging capabilities not only opens up incredible new possibilities for companies looking to drive greater efficiency and better serve the customer with IoT devices and sensors, it also addresses urgent environmental concerns that will inspire even more innovation. We extensively evaluated the wireless power space and chose Ossia as one of our partners with their best-in-class technology.”
NGK and Ossia plan to provide the Cota Real Wireless Power technology solution for devices looking to install NGK’s EnerCera series batteries. In addition to its unique tolerance for high-temperature mounting techniques, the EnerCera Coin Li-ion battery features energy density that is double that of commercial secondary batteries of the same size, with much lower internal resistance.
A safe technology that uses radio frequency to deliver power at a distance similarly to the way WiFi delivers data, Ossia’s Cota technology is changing the future of power delivery with technology that transmits wireless power to devices in motion, without the need for device contact or line of sight. To learn more about Ossia, the maker of this award-winning technology, please visit ossia.com.
NGK is the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical insulators, including 1,000-kV ultrahigh-voltage (UHV) transmission and substation insulators, and has a 100-year history. With foundations in exclusive ceramics technology, NGK contributes to environmental conservation, providing a wide range of products and technology in the “Triple E” growth fields of energy, ecology and electronics. NGK is also one of the largest manufacturers of ceramic catalyst carriers (HONEYCERAM®) and diesel particulate filters (DPF) for catalytic converters for automobiles. NGK is also the world’s leading manufacturer succeeding in commercialization of large-capacity energy storage systems (NAS® batteries), which has overturned the conventional wisdom that power cannot be stored. To learn more about NGK, visit: https://www.ngk-insulators.com/en/index.html
Ossia Inc. is leading the world on what is possible with wireless power. Ossia's flagship Cota® technology redefines wireless power by safely delivering remote, targeted energy to devices at a distance. Ossia’s FCC approved Cota technology is a patented smart antenna technology that automatically keeps multiple devices charged without any user intervention and enables an efficient and truly wire-free, powered-up world that is always on and always connected. Ossia is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Visit our website at www.ossia.com.