Congratulations to wireless innovators

Friday 15th November 2013

Baldwins would like to congratulate Professors John Boys and Grant Covic who were presented with this year’s Prime Minister’s Science Prize for their wireless inductive power transfer system, known as IPT. 

The Prime Minister’s Science Prize is one of the most distinguished science or engineering related prizes awarded in New Zealand.  The Prize is in recognition of a transformative science discovery or achievement which has led to an economic, health, social and/or environmental impact on New Zealand, or internationally.

The two University of Auckland Engineering professors whose technology stands to change the world were presented their $500,000 prize at a ceremony in Wellington on Tuesday 12 November.

The pair made the breakthrough two decades ago and the technology makes it possible for power to be transferred without cables, instead transporting the current across the magnetic field between two close points.

Wes Jones, a Baldwins partner, has been working with the pair since 2000 and the team’s focus has been on inductive power and charging systems for electric vehicles, automatic guided vehicles and robotics. 

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