A non-profit technical association comprised of companies dedicated to realising solid-state RF energy’s true potential in the microwave space has ceased operations.
The RF Energy Alliance, based in the US, was set up to promote the benefits of the technology for delivering a clean, highly efficient and controllable heat and power source.
RFA members were notified of its closure in a letter from executive director, Dr. Klaus Werner, who wrote: “Although the alliance made significant progress on technical aspects… the board of directors of the RF Energy Alliance decided that it is in the best interests of the organisation to have closed its doors on December 31, 2018.”
As a result of the move, a handful of former RF Energy Alliance members have now joined the International Microwave Power Institute (IMPI), a scientific organisation dedicated to non-communication microwave and RF energy applications.
The members to have moved across include EGO, Huber+Suhner, pinkRF, and Rogers Corporation and bring the total number of corporate businesses involved with the IMPI to 22. It counts the likes of Ferrite Microwave Technologies and TurboChef among its membership base.
Mr Werner’s letter to RF Energy Alliance members recommended they consider joining the (IMPI).
“We do believe that the mission and vision of the RF Energy Alliance are as valid and relevant as they were at its inception. IMPI for more than 50 years has focused on microwave powered applications and technologies and regards our views, ideas and current work as a very valuable and complementary addition to their organisation.”
“In fact, we believe that the move to join IMPI allows us to broaden the scope of our activities focusing on the market adoption of the solid-state RF technology. IMPI’s large membership “footprint” and available organisational structures will increase our effectiveness as well as the mandate to tackle industry-wide ideas.”