Completing the Power Conversion Equation: C-Motive Harnesses the Force and Versatility of Capacitive Power Technology

C-Motive Technologies Inc. is proving that power sourced from electric fields is more efficient, reliable, less expensive and cleaner than power sourced electromagnetically, the standard practice worldwide today.  Using their patented Capacitive Technology Platform™, C-Motive is developing two products—an electrostatic motor and a non-contact power transfer device—for multiple applications across the global $73 billion electric motor and generator marketplace.

Advantages of C-Motive’ s Machines

  • Reduced size and weight
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Constructed of inexpensive, recyclable aluminum
  • No copper windings, electrical steel laminations or heavy magnets
  • No rare earth materials
  • Increased energy efficiency

Industrial-Scale Motion without Magnets

Though scientists and engineers the world over tried for the last 150 years to create similar machines, C-Motive is the first to demonstrate that electrical charges can be stored in high enough densities to produce power competitively on an industrial scale.

Whitepaper Available!

C-Motive’s Capacitive Technology Platform™:
A Lighter, Leaner Approach for Designing Electric Drive Systems

C-Motive’s latest whitepaper shows how power engineers for the first time have flexibility in choice of materials to improve functionality and reduce the size, cost and weight of electric drive system components because of C-Motive’s patented capacitive platform.  Having a capacitive option means that electric drive systems will no longer be bound to traditional methods of electromagnetic-driven inductive power transfer, which require copper, steel and rare-earth magnets to work.  At the core of C-Motive’s platform is its Hydroflex™ plate stacking system that provides non-contact power transfer between stationary and rotating parts. The Hydroflex system maintains a micro-sized air gap between the plates, even through disturbances and misalignments.  Maintaining a miniscule air gap is the key to achieving sufficiently high capacitance on a macro scale to make capacitive power practical for industry.  C-Motive’s whitepaper is available upon request on the technology page.


C-Motive Turns Benjamin Franklin's Electrical Explorations into Commercial Reality

Ben Franklin built his "electric wheel," the first electrostatic motor, in 1748.  The motor worked, but could only manage 15 rpm before the electrical charges dissipated from the thimble/glass jar capacitors. For nearly two centuries, scientists tried to increase the capacitance to produce practical motion. Only now that C-Motive's founders— graduates of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium—invented their Capacitive Technology Platform are electrostatic machines finally viable.