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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Supercapacitors Exceed the Energy Density of Batteries
Some supercapacitors will become smart materials and be sold as feedstock by value added material companies such as Dow DuPont and Nitto Denko. Which companies and when is as yet uncertain. This is part of the emerging big picture for supercapacitors that will make even their materials a multi- billion dollar business.
Tracking cancer-cell development with "drinkable" electronic sensors
Thanks to an unorthodox approach being proposed by researchers, patients may soon be able to track their illness simply by drinking a solution containing millions of tiny electronic sensors disguised as bacteria.
Pop-up EV charging for residential streets
The UEone is an app-operated, pop-up EV charge point for residential streets that retracts underground when not in use, minimising the impact on the urban environment to leave roads free of street clutter.
Wind produces more electricity than nuclear in UK for the first time
In the first few months of 2018 Britain's wind farms produced record-breaking amounts of electricity, for the first time producing more than nuclear.
Mine shaft utilisation, a new frontier in distributed energy storage?
A recent independent study by Imperial College London has evaluated the potential for new gravity-fed energy storage within the UK energy system. With tens of thousands of vertical mine shafts in the UK alone (UK Coal Authority), the potential initial market is sizeable.
Battery research to help super-charge electric vehicle revolution
The University of Bath is part of a consortium of academic and industry partners awarded Government funding to conduct research aimed at overcoming battery challenges to accelerate the electric vehicle revolution.
3D printing creates super soft structures that replicate brain, lungs
A new 3D printing technique allows researchers to replicate biological structures, which could be used for tissue regeneration and replica organs.