Consultation Request for RSS-216

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the following consultation: RSS-216, issue 3, “Wireless power transfer devices”. This standard sets our the requirements applicable to wireless power transfer devices, including sources (transmitters) and clients (receivers). Changes from issue 2 includes increasing the maximum separation distance, including limits in RSS-216 instead of referring to ICES-001, plus limits above 1 GHz: adoption of ANSI C63.30-2021: :other clarifications and general editorial updates. Comments are requested no later than July 2, 2024.

Other major changes include:

  • Increased the maximum separation distance from 10cm to 50cm in case of wireless power transfer (WPT) systems for electric vehicles, and from 10 cm to 20 cm for all other WPT devices.
  • Increased the maximum operation frequency from 400 MHz to 40 GHz and added limits for radiated emission above 1 GHz.
  • Removed the conditions for seeking additional instructions from ISED if the device is medical equipment and added specific requirements for WPT devices that can operate while implanted in or worn on the human body.
  • Adopted ANSI C63.30-2021, with deviations elaborated on in section 4.3, 5.2.1, and annex A.
  • Clarified that RSS-216 must be used in conjunction with RSS-Gen and/or ICES-Gen.
  • Clarified the requirements applicable in case of multiple power voltages or wide power voltage range.
  • Clarified what equipment is considered industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) equipment.
  • Includes the limits in RSS-216, instead of referring to ICES-001.
  • Added alternative limits, based on RSS-210, which are permitted under certain conditions.
  • Refers to RSS-102 for radio-frequency (RF) exposure requirements.
  • While this standard has been numbered using the convention for license-exempt radio apparatus, it applies to devices that can be categorized as either interference-causing equipment or license-exempt radio apparatus (of category I or category II). ISED is of the view that having all wireless power transfer devices under one standard (instead of one ICES, one RSS-200 series, and one RSS-300 series) provides greater benefits and conveniences.

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