SBE Featured in Wireless Charging at CES 2011

The wireless charging system Fulton Innovation had on display at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, gathered great industry interest. There a Tesla EV Roadster was being charged wirelessly using Fulton’s eCoupled intelligent wireless powerTM technology.

IMG00012-20110106-1029-retouched-webThe charge spot – located in the floor like it would be in a garage – utilized SBE advanced patented pulse film capacitor technology. The parts, designed using SBE’s industry-leading simulation tools, were developed jointly with Fulton and are essential to enable the wireless charging system to work correctly.  One of the Fulton engineers who worked on the program commented: “This is a very challenging application. No other capacitor we tried would work. They would all fail by either blowing up or smoking”.

Jim Crawley, VP Automotive Business Development at SBE, commented: “I was proud to hear so many positive comments regarding our advanced technology film capacitors that helped make our customer’s technology work correctly at such an important unveiling. It speaks very positively to the strong relationship and confidence they have in our product. We really enjoy working with this dynamic group of individuals. They are a great customer who values our technical expertise.”

 About Fulton Innovation and eCoupled™ Technology
A subsidiary of Alticor Corporation, Fulton Innovation is dedicated to commercializing new and innovative technologies that improve the way we live, work, and play. Fulton is working with a wide range of industry-leading companies to integrate wireless power technology into infrastructure and electronic devices to enable consumers to live a truly wireless life.

The engineers behind eCoupled have been developing, advancing, and perfecting the technology for over 12 years. eCoupled technology has been incorporated into Amway’s eSpring™ water purification devices for 10 years, with over 1.5 million devices sold in over 40 countries and territories worldwide to date. Amway employs more than 13,000 people worldwide, including over 500 engineers and scientists. Amway has sales of more than $8 billion annually. It is headquartered in Ada, Michigan and has operations in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide. For additional information, visit

About SBE Inc.
SBE Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of film capacitor solutions that provide a much higher degree of reliability, higher power density, and simpler cooling infrastructure in demanding applications, particularly for automotive/transportation, alternative energy, utilities, power supplies/laser and military/aerospace.  Originally a Sprague Electric Plant, SBE has been manufacturing capacitors for over 50 years; producing over a billion capacitors, including the renowned Orange Drop®.  With the newer development of its Power Ring Film Capacitor™, SBE Inc. was awarded a $9.1 Million grant by the Department of Energy to build a world class facility for the manufacture of this line of capacitors used in drivetrain inverters for plug-in hybrid and electric drive vehicles.  The company’s headquarters, engineering, product development center and manufacturing operation are located in Barre, Vermont.

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