Abstract:Owing to its relatively high efficiency, extended transmission range, and less exposure to radio frequency radiation, near-field resonant wireless power transfer (R-WPT) has been widely used in consumer electronics and bio-implants. For most applications, a well-regulated output voltage is required against the coupling and loading variations, and thus a regulation scheme should be employed in an R-WPT system. To achieve an optimal receiver (RX) or overall efficiency, together with a reduced cost overhead, several regulation schemes have been proposed in recent years, where the regulation can be implemented at either the RX or transmitter (TX) side, or both. These regulation schemes have been reviewed and comprehensively discussed in this paper. Hence, the main contribution of this paper is to provide a guideline for designing the regulation scheme in R-WPT systems. Moreover, potential new topologies of regulation are investigated here.