Construction sites come with a myriad of logistical and safety concerns. From keeping tools charged and maintained to being able to see in dark spaces and overnight builds to navigating a labyrinth of cords in an area not yet fully safely wired for electricity, it’s no wonder that construction is a statistically dangerous job.
Although some of those dangers might take a while for technology to fully resolve, with WigL’s wireless power initiative, some of them might be eliminated immediately.
WigL power is broadcast from transmitters to wireless receivers, providing uninterrupted wireless power — no strings attached.
Here are a few ways that could improve the construction work environment:
Power it Up
From power drill to circular saw, a multitude of construction tools in daily use require power. If your tools operate on a rechargeable model, like with a power drill, there is endless hassle and performance problems involved in having to pause to recharge.
But beyond those obvious immediate applications, we can think even bigger. Electric forklifts already exist and are significantly cleaner and safer than their diesel and counterparts, but also more expensive due to the high cost of their powerful battery.
WigL could be a key part of revolutionizing this standard, transmitting non-stop power to forklifts to make them more efficient and affordable.
Ultimately, that same technology could be applied to traditionally diesel-powered devices like cement mixers, cranes and dump trucks. These vehicles have historically been hard to even hybridize due to the extreme amount of horsepower needed and the limitations of battery life and size. WigL makes that obstacle a thing of the past.
A Brighter Outlook
Whether you’re building a tunnel or just working during a time of year when there isn’t a lot of daylight, proper construction site lighting is a constant challenge.
Ensuring that a construction area stays appropriately lit can involve wiring and re-wiring lighting systems as the project advances, a process that is a drain on time and cost.
Lights outfitted with WigL receivers could solve the problem due to their extreme versatility. Without having to be plugged in or recharged, lighting devices could be place and moved all over the site even before it was wired.
A lot of low-light hazards at workplaces are due to poor light placement — a mistake often necessitated by the constraints of wiring.
Having completely free-standing lighting devices that never need plugging in to power up would allow construction site managers to focus solely on correct placement.
Cut the Cords
One of the most common construction hazards that results in injuries and fatalities is electrical shock. In the short term, WigL could have an immediate impact on those numbers by drastically reducing the number of wires needed for a build.
The simple installation of protected receivers would remove the tangle of extension cords and raw wiring.
Of course, the electrical hazards are not just from cords run to power tools. The risk also comes from running new electrical wiring for the future structure that is being built.
As broadcast power technology continues to develop, that danger could be dramatically reduced as well. Putting a few key transmitters into buildings whose electrical devices could all be fitted with receivers would mean far less wires needed overall, reducing installation time and risk.
How exactly does all this work? If you’re ready for the wireless power revolution, find out more by reading the white paper on our world-changing patented technology!