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The world's eyes are upon New Zealand as company readies wireless transmission technology

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A New Zealand start-up company is preparing a potential breakthrough experiment in energy transmission and, if successful, could alter the market, significantly reduce infrastructure costs and make a quantum leap in how energy is distributed. 

Energy startup Emrod has not only developed long-range wireless energy transmission but has also convinced New Zealand's second-largest power distributor, Powerco, to test out the technology with its customers. Powerco won't be employing the technology across its customer base, but using it to deliver energy to remote area and to customers who might otherwise experience outages during maintenance. 

Wireless transmission is a technology that has been sought after for a long time, but figuring out how to safely transmit the power electromagnetic waves has been a challenge. Emrod will be using waves typically used for Bluetooth and WiFi technology. Its power beams will have a safety barrier around it that, when penetrated by anything, such as a bird, shuts off the electric ray. According to reports, Emrod will develop a version of the technology specifically for Powerco by October, followed by months of testing before delivering the product to the market. 

This is major progress for the transmission industry, which has struggled to get out of its expensive copper wire roots. Safe, wireless transmission of electricity would upend the industry and market, cutting infrastructure and maintenance costs and making power more widely accessible. Clearly, Emrod should be celebrated if this experiment is successful, but we can't overlook the role of Powerco, a major commercial partner that is willing to try something unprecedented, something that could change energy transmission as we know it. 

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