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Founded in 1907 and consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Imperial has around 12,000 full-time students coming from 123 countries, with approximately 4,000 involved in taught or research based postgraduate studies. Imperial is divided into 3 faculties and a business school.
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26 Feb

Huge Battery Opportunities from Radical Changes in EV Demand

The biggest demand for lithium-ion batteries is moving away from cars and in electric cars it will be a matter of less battery on average.
25 Feb

Sensor technology to diagnose reproductive health in real time

Researchers have developed new robotic sensor technology that has the capability to diagnose women's reproductive health problems in real-time.
25 Jan

Novel approach to 3D printing engineering components

A team of researchers has been taking a novel approach to the development of engineering components produced using additive manufacturing.
15 Jan

Game theory can bring humans and robots closer together

Researchers have for the first time used game theory to enable robots to assist humans in a safe and versatile manner.
6 Dec

Learnings from Battery & Energy Day Two

The event Battery & Energy Dec 4-5 Coventry University ended with a second day of presentations and discussion panels.
8 Nov

Dancing atoms in perovskite materials

A new study is a step forward in understanding why perovskite materials work so well in energy devices and potentially leads the way toward a theorized "hot" technology that would significantly improve the efficiency of today's solar cells.
10 Oct

Flexible, Printed and Organic Electronics 2019-2029: Forecasts, Players & Opportunities

IDTechEx Report: Raghu Das, Dr Xiaoxi He and Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
4 Oct

Multifunctional composite research highlights on show at Imperial

IDTechEx attended Imperial College's Composites Centre showcase event on 24th September 2018, which saw the centre open it's doors to a range of commercial, research and government organisations.
21 Sep

Imperial College Composites Centre

The research hub is a collaborative effort between the aeronautics, chemical, civil, design and mechanical engineering as well as chemistry and materials science departments. According to the composites centre, the industry was worth £2bn in 2015 and is expected to reach £12bn by 2030.
13 Sep

Airborne Wind Energy 2019-2039

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop
29 Aug

Multifunctional Composites 2019-2029: Technology, Players, Market Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins
24 Aug

Fuel Cell Vehicles 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Lorenzo Grande and Dr Peter Harrop
24 Aug

Smart Materials as Structural Electronics and Electrics 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Jon Harrop, Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh and Luke Gear
21 Aug

Second-life Electric Vehicle Batteries 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Na Jiao
10 Aug


Dearman is a UK based technology start-up that has developed the Dearman Engine; a piston engine that runs on liquid nitrogen fuel. Started in 2013 by inventor Peter Dearman, the company is now well underway with commercial trials for the engine in transport refrigeration, with diesel genset replacement applications planned over the next 2-5 years. IDTechEx spoke with Dearman's Business Development Manager and Commercial Analyst to learn more about the technology and the company's future plans.
2 Aug

Lead acid battery alternatives set to become big business

Cleantech Hub reports that a mere 13% of lead acid batteries are recycled in Nigeria. Yet there is a mini-grid revolution about to take off in Nigeria, such as the World Bank and the Rural Electrification Agency $350 million project as well as other investments into the sector, driving more batteries.
30 Jul

Printable solar cells a step closer

Researchers have found out why new kinds of solar materials are so good at harvesting light - and have provided design rules for making them better. This opens up the opportunity to design flexible solar cells, which could be used in buildings and clothing.
12 Jul

Energy Harvesting Microwatt to Megawatt 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop
11 Jul

Self-Powering Smart Cities

The cost of renewable energies such as tidal and wave power in the open sea, wind and solar power have come down greatly in recent years but they are rarely considered viable for base power, largely because of the energy storage needed.
4 Jul


Gravitricity are a Edinburgh based engineering startup working on the area of gravity fed energy storage. They have developed a mechanical stationary storage system using the gravitational potential of a heavy weight within a vertical shaft. IDTechEx spoke with Gravitricity's Managing Director Charlie Blair in June 2018 to understand the company's future plans and the wider potential for gravity fed storage within the global energy ecosystem.