WiTricity opens office near Utah State, a hotbed of research for high-speed wireless charging

WiTricity, a Watertown company that licenses technology with such potential applications as allowing electric cars and consumer-electronics devices to wirelessly recharge their batteries, said Tuesday that it is opening an office near Utah State University, a hotbed of research for high-speed wireless charging.

Eric Giler. Photo taken from WiTricity’s website.

Founded in 2007 by physicists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, WiTricity licenses its technology to companies in the consumer electronics, automotive, and medical devices industries.

One hope for the company’s new Utah office is that it can further develop the technology in a range of industries including the defense, industrial, and transportation sectors, WiTricity said.

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“Competition for talent in this market is fierce, and the high caliber of the Utah team will bring immediate benefits to our existing partners and clients in the automotive industry, as well as future partners as we continue to grow into new markets,” WiTricity chief executive Eric Giler said in a statement.

WiTricity added that it has signed a memorandum of understanding for a public/private partnership on a host of research topics with Utah State University.

With the addition of its eight-person office in Nibley, Utah, WiTricity’s total head count is now 49.