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Sharp Laboratories of Europe (SLE) was founded in 1990 to develop new ideas and technology for Sharp products and to support Sharp business in Europe. SLE is a UK private limited company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sharp Corporation. Research and development areas range from IT through optical devices to display electronics, optics, PV, health and energy storage. SLE has an excellent record of technology transfer starting with 5 million unit sales of a neural network microwave oven in 1994, invented in Oxford University, developed at SLE and manufactured at Sharp's factory in Wrexham. SLE was instrumental in the development of Sharp's red and blue laser diodes for CD and DVD players, demonstrating the world's first laser diode by MBE in 2004. In 2009 a new energy and environment group was established in SLE, the energy team develops and demonstrates novel energy storage devices and energy management tools for a low carbon, high energy efficiency, European consumer market. Climate change remains a challenge for mankind and the future energy strategy is being debated. We are developing advanced solar solutions that will offer consumers combined heat and power. We also have activities to develop new technology to deliver fresh business models in the energy arena and in collaboration with partners are developing future energy technologies for storage and services. In particular SLE has been investigating next generation batteries for stationary energy storage, and is looking at different business models and cases for residential energy storage systems.
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2020
8 Jul 2020

In-Mold Electronics: Material Development Opportunities

In-Mold Electronics (IME) is a process that combines printed electronics with 3D forming and molding to create 3D objects with embedded electronics. The electronics can include interconnects, sensors, rigid IC or LEDs, optical waveguides, and so on.
8 Jul 2020

Abbott Diabetes Care

This is a comprehensive review of the business and technology of Abbott Diabetes Care, assembled from company reports and extensive academic literature review, and supported by additional interview comments over several years. It focuses primarily on the technology behind their market leading FreeStyle™ Libre™ CGM device, which generated over $1.8bn in revenue in 2019.
19 Jun 2020

BMW

BMW has demonstrated success with its first electric car, the i3 with strong sales since 2013. BMW have announced plans for 25 electrified models by 2023, showing a strong push towards electrification.
17 Jun 2020

Dassault Systèmes

Highlights from Dassault Systèmes' 2020 Industry Analyst Meeting. Dassault Systèmes hosted a virtual two-day event to share their company strategy, progress, and successes.
10 Jun 2020

Energy Harvesting Microwatt to Gigawatt: Opportunities 2020-2040

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Xiaoxi He
9 Jun 2020

TriEye

TriEye is an Israeli company that has developed an affordable method of SWIR imaging based on detecting plasmonic resonances with a silicon CMOS device.
28 May 2020

Toyota (2020)

Senior Technology Analyst Luke Gear provides an overview of the latest electric vehicle developments from Toyota. Where is the company headed?
22 May 2020

Lightricity

Lightricity is a niche photovoltaic player with 9 people, spun off from Oxford University in the UK. They focus on indoors because their technology has an exceptional 30% efficiency there, particularly under LED (blueish?) lighting.
22 May 2020

AI-Powered Body Temp Measuring System with Dual Vision Thermal Camera

AI-powered kit has a Dual Vision Thermal Camera based Temperature Measuring System that measures up to 30 simultaneous temperature checks within 30ms and is ideal for large public spaces such as airports, hospitals, schools, child care facilities, offices, shopping centres, public transport hubs and more.
20 May 2020

eLux

eLux is a startup phase company developing microLED display technology based on fluidic assembly.
13 May 2020

LEVA-EU says Blanket EU Regulation Choking Light EV Sector

The European trade association LEVA-EU is calling for an urgent change in EU regulations, it says are seriously hindering manufacturers at a time when cities are encouraging use of light, electric vehicles as an alternative form of transport during the coronavirus crisis.
29 Apr 2020

WiTricity

IDTechEx analysts Dr Matthew Dyson and James Hayward interviewed David Schatz, VP of Sales and Business Development at WiTricity. We specifically discussed their historic activity providing wireless charging options for medical devices, including implants.
29 Apr 2020

Micro-LED Displays 2020-2030: Technology, Commercialization, Opportunity, Market and Players

IDTechEx Report: Dr Xiaoxi He
17 Apr 2020

Flexible Hybrid Electronics 2020-2030: Applications, Challenges, Innovations and Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Matthew Dyson and Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
8 Apr 2020

Distributed Generation: Off-Grid Zero-Emission kW-MW 2020-2040

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Xiaoxi He and Daniele Gatti
25 Mar 2020

Extinction of lead-acid batteries in electric two-wheelers

The following premium article aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding electric two-wheelers in Asia and provide clarity and insight into the markets and the transition they are making towards becoming more modern, sustainable electric vehicles.
25 Mar 2020

Deep Learning for Mechanical Property Evaluation

A standard method for testing some of the mechanical properties of materials is to poke them with a sharp point. This "indentation technique" can provide detailed measurements of how the material responds to the point's force, as a function of its penetration depth.
24 Mar 2020

Poland Quadruples Solar Energy Output, 5th Largest Producer in Europe

Poland quadrupled its solar power installations from 203 MW connected to the grid in 2018 to 784 MW in 2019. In 2020, Poland is planning to almost double its installations to 1.3 GW. These changes are important for the EU and Poland, as the country is the biggest coal producer in the Union.
24 Mar 2020

Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Charging: Off-Grid 2020-2040

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop
11 Mar 2020

PragmatIC

PragmatIC manufacture flexible integrated circuits (termed FlexICs) which are targeted first at RFID tags and also other applications that require constrained complexity. Their main selling point is their low cost (< $0.01, depending on complexity and volume), making them an attractive alternative to silicon. PragmatIC have also developed a revolutionary approach to fabrication that, when compared to conventional silicon ICs, requires much less capital expenditure and a design-to-production cycle-time of less than one week.