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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
19 Oct 2020

Mini-Brains Help Robots Recognise Pain and Self-Repair

Using a brain-inspired approach, scientists have developed a way for robots to have the artificial intelligence to recognise pain and to self-repair when damaged.
18 Sep 2020

Anti-Bacterial Graphene Face Masks

Face masks have become an important tool in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, improper use or disposal of masks may lead to "secondary transmission". A research team has successfully produced graphene masks with an anti-bacterial efficiency of 80%, which can be enhanced to almost 100% with exposure to sunlight for around 10 minutes.
18 Sep 2020

48V Full Hybrid, 48V Mild Hybrid, 48V BEV Cars: Markets, Technology Roadmap 2021-2041

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop
11 Sep 2020

Smart Contact Lens Mimicking the Human Iris to Combat Eye Deficiencies

Researchers have created an artificial iris embedded in a smart contact lens. The smart contact lens is designed to operate for an entire day thanks to an ultra-low power design, offering a practical solution for people who suffer from human eye iris deficiencies like aniridia, high order aberrations like keratoconus, and light sensitivity or photophobia.
9 Sep 2020

Solar Vehicles 2021-2041

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop
8 Sep 2020

New Electronic Skin can React to Pain Like Human Skin

Researchers have developed electronic artificial skin that reacts to pain just like real skin, opening the way to better prosthetics, smarter robotics and non-invasive alternatives to skin grafts.
21 Aug 2020

Structural batteries as vehicle bodywork

Previously, we have discussed the widespread work on structural supercapacitors, noting that they have the advantage of not swelling and shrinking during charge-discharge unlike batteries.
21 Aug 2020

Optics and Displays in AR, VR, and MR 2020-2030: Technologies, Players and Markets

IDTechEx Report: Dr Charlotte Coles and Dr Xiaoxi He
6 Aug 2020

Hyundai Kia Automotive Group

The Hyundai Kia Automotive Group refers to the group of affiliated companies interconnected by complex shareholding arrangements, with Hyundai Motor Company regarded as the de facto representative of the group.
6 Aug 2020

Machines to Manufacture Gears for Robots

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool Co Ltd, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group, has developed new models of hobbing and gear shaping machines with highly accurate machining to manufacture precision reduction gears for robots.
31 Jul 2020

MicroLED Displays: Getting Ready for the Future?

MicroLED, believed by many to be the next generation of display technology, has been pursued by players of LED, display, OEM, materials and so on. Differentiated from LCD and OLED, microLED is considered to be the only display technology that has no size limitation. What are the potential applications?
29 Jul 2020

Bringing Graphene and New Materials to Market

Remember the computer triode? Unless you're an early-tech enthusiast, it's unlikely. Used as switches in the first electronic computers, these vacuum tubes consumed a great deal of power. They were unreliable and upon the invention of silicon chips, were quickly replaced. A new material has the potential to shift entire industries. Here, Kari Hjelt, Head of Innovation of the Graphene Flagship explains how graphene is set to do the same.
16 Jul 2020

Medtrum Technologies

Medtrum Technologies are a Chinese company commercialising diabetes management devices including CGM and insulin pumps. This profile looks at their activity over the last decade.
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.
22 Jun 2020

Materials Opportunities in Emerging Photovoltaics 2020-2040

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh and Dr Xiaoxi He
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.