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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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2019
12 Mar

World's first full-size, autonomous electric bus

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Volvo Buses have launched the world's first full size, autonomous electric bus. The single-deck Volvo Electric bus is 12 metres long and has a full capacity close to 80 passengers.
11 Mar

Self-sterilising microneedles for vaccination and drug delivery

Vaccinations are the world's frontline defence against infectious diseases yet despite decades of interventions, unsafe injection practices continue to expose billions of people to serious infection and disease.
4 Mar

High-powered fuel cell boosts electric-powered submersibles, drones

A team of engineers has developed a high-power fuel cell using a unique pH-gradient-enabled microscale bipolar interface that could power a variety of transportation modes — including unmanned underwater vehicles, drones and eventually electric aircraft — at significantly lower cost.
1 Jan

Integration of single-crystal hybrid perovskites into electronics

A team of researchers has developed a technique that, for the first time, allows single-crystal hybrid perovskite materials to be integrated into electronics. Because these perovskites can be synthesized at low temperatures, the advance opens the door to new research into flexible electronics and potentially reduced manufacturing costs for electronic devices.
2018
13 Nov

EnvisionTEC first to offer 4K 3D printing

EnvisionTEC announced that it will be debuting the industry's first ever DLP-based 3D printer utilizing a true 4K projector with artificial intelligence.
9 Nov

BMW sets out electric vehicle plan

By 2021, the BMW Group will have five all-electric models: the BMW i3, the MINI Electric, the BMW iX3, the BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT. By 2025, that number is set to grow to at least twelve models. Including plug-in hybrids - whose electrically powered range will increase significantly in the coming year - the BMW Group's electrified product portfolio will then comprise at least 25 models.
9 Nov

PragmatIC and S&S smooth the way for ultra low cost printed RFID

PragmatIC and Smooth & Sharp Corporation are pleased to announce a strategic collaboration which will accelerate the adoption of PragmatIC's flexible integrated circuits.
2 Nov

A solar cell that does double duty for renewable energy

In the quest for abundant, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels, scientists have sought to harvest the sun's energy through "water splitting," an artificial photosynthesis technique that uses sunlight to generate hydrogen fuel from water. But water-splitting devices have yet to live up to their potential because there still isn't a design for materials with the right mix of optical, electronic, and chemical properties needed for them to work efficiently.
10 Oct

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

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

Part-organic invention can be used in bendable mobile phones

Engineers have invented a semiconductor with organic and inorganic materials that can convert electricity into light very efficiently, and it is thin and flexible enough to help make devices such as mobile phones bendable.
1 Oct

Diesel Generator Set Future Developments and Alternative Technologies 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Iain Meager
25 Sep

DIY ultrasound for the future

Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Their patent-pending innovation—no bigger than a Band-Aid—is portable, wearable and can be powered by a smartphone.
13 Sep

Drones 2018-2038: Components, Technologies, Roadmaps, Market Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh and Dr Peter Harrop
28 Aug

OLED Display Forecasts and Technologies 2019-2029: The Global Rise of Flexible and Foldable Displays

IDTechEx Report: Raghu Das, Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh and Dr Xiaoxi He
16 Aug

Material can store energy like an eagle's grip

What do a flea and an eagle have in common? They can store energy in their feet without having to continuously contract their muscles to then jump high or hold on to prey. Now scientists have created materials that can store energy this way, be squeezed repeatedly without damage, and even change shape if necessary.
7 Aug

Sharp SmartStorage Energy Storage System Plus Solar installed ILM Tool

Sharp Electronics Corporation's Energy Systems and Services Group announced today that its behind-the-meter SmartStorage energy storage solution was selected to be installed at ILM Tool's 25,000-square-foot machine shop to help offset its growing peak demand usage.
24 Jul

Tidal energy is here

A safe, reliable and sustainable way to generate power, tidal energy is opening new doors in the renewable energy sector. Cape Sharp Tidal is a joint venture between Emera Inc. and OpenHydro, a Naval Energies company, with the objective of providing tidal energy to Nova Scotians.
6 Jul

Graphene forms electrically charged crinkles

Gently compressed stacks of graphene form sharp crinkles that carry an electric charge, which could be useful in nanoscale self-assembly and other applications.
6 Jul

Fleet of aerial, surface and underwater robots maps ocean front

Using multiple autonomous vehicles simultaneously, an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers returns to the United States after exploring the North Pacific Subtropical front - a sharp boundary where cold fresh waters from the north meet warm salty waters from the south.
2 Jul

Electronic Skin Patches 2018-2028

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward
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