A contactless energy transfer system has a first stationary platform (115, 310, 510, 610) and a second movable platform (100, 300, 500, 600). The first platform has at least one light source (120, 320, 520, 615, 650) coupled to a power source (210). The second separate platform has at least one photovoltaic module (130, 330, 530) mounted thereon. The at least one photovoltaic module is coupled to an energy storage system (140) mounted on the second platform such that any light received at the photovoltaic module is converted to electrical energy stored in the energy storage system. The second platform is configured to move in close proximity to the first platform along a predetermined pathway. The predetermined pathway may be linear or rotary. The light sources are positioned and configured to direct light at the photovoltaic modules during a predetermined interval when the second platform is in close proximity to the first platform (for the linear pathway) or constantly or at predetermined intervals.