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Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) is a 60 strong student organisation that designs, build and races solar powered vehicles.
Since their founding in 2007, they have been the UK's number one for solar vehicle development and achieved 2,047km on solar power at the World Solar Challenge in 2015 with their latest vehicle, Evolution.
Their team mission is to inspire as well as innovate. Through exploring new areas of ultra-efficient vehicle technology, they aim to challenge the accepted concept for solar vehicles with their unique design. In addition they provide students at Cambridge University with a learning platform for applied engineering, strategic planning and leadership in the real world.
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2022
18 Aug 2022

Floating Artificial Leaves Ride the Wave of Clean Fuel Production

Researchers have developed floating 'artificial leaves' that generate clean fuels from sunlight and water, and could eventually operate on a large scale at sea. The researchers designed ultra-thin, flexible devices, which take their inspiration from photosynthesis - the process by which plants convert sunlight into food. Since the low-cost, autonomous devices are light enough to float, they could be used to generate a sustainable alternative to petrol without taking up space on land.
8 Aug 2022

Smart Lighting System Based on Quantum Dots

Researchers have designed smart, colour-controllable white light devices from quantum dots - tiny semiconductors just a few billionths of a metre in size - which are more efficient and have better colour saturation than standard LEDs, and can dynamically reproduce daylight conditions in a single light.
4 Aug 2022

Opto Biosystems

Opto Biosystems are a start-up emerging from the University of Cambridge, developing injectable neural interfaces capable of detecting activity in the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous system. One key use case for this technology is the minimally invasive monitoring of brain cancer patients. Tess Skyrme, Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, interviewed Co-founder Ben Woodington.
27 Jul 2022

Illumina

Illumina is a US-based biotech company, founded in 1998 by Larry Bock and Anthony Czarnik. Illumina is a leader in the DNA sequencing market and is believed to own the largest share of the genetic sequencing industry.
29 Jun 2022

Climate Damage Caused by Growing Space Tourism Needs Urgent Mitigation

A formidable space tourism industry may have a greater climate effect than the aviation industry and undo repair to the protective ozone layer if left unregulated, according to a new study.
7 Jun 2022

VividQ

VividQ is a Cambridge, UK-based firm which focuses on developing IP for computer-generated holography, both for software and optical engine hardware. Its method of generating holograms is efficient on common GPUs and its display solutions may be constructed from off-the-shelf hardware. The key use cases it targets are AR wearables and automotive HUDs.
26 May 2022

Secret to Treating Achilles Heel of Alternatives to Silicon Solar

A team of researchers from the UK and Japan has found that the tiny defects which limit the efficiency of perovskites - cheaper alternative materials for solar cells - are also responsible for structural changes in the material that lead to degradation.
23 May 2022

Low Cost Battery-Like Device Absorbs CO2 Emissions While it Charges

Researchers have developed a low-cost device that can selectively capture carbon dioxide gas while it charges. Then, when it discharges, the CO2 can be released in a controlled way and collected to be reused or disposed of responsibly.
17 May 2022

Reliable and Renewable Biological Photovoltaic Cell

Researchers have used a widespread species of blue-green algae to power a microprocessor continuously for a year - and counting - using nothing but ambient light and water. Their system has potential as a reliable and renewable way to power small devices.
13 May 2022

Gas Sensors 2022-2032: Technology, Opportunities, Players, and Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Tess Skyrme and Dr Matthew Dyson
9 May 2022

Taste of the Future: Robot Chef Learns to 'Taste As You Go'

A robot 'chef' has been trained to taste food at different stages of the chewing process to assess whether it's sufficiently seasoned. The results could be useful in the development of automated or semi-automated food preparation by helping robots to learn what tastes good and what doesn't, making them better cooks.
5 May 2022

Electric Vehicles: Land, Sea & Air 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Luke Gear, Dr Alex Holland, Dr David Wyatt, Dr James Edmondson and Shazan Siddiqi
11 Apr 2022

Echion Technologies

Echion Technologies are a UK start-up developing mixed niobium oxide anodes for high power, long life Li-ion batteries.
8 Apr 2022

Nyobolt

Nyobolt are a UK-based start-up developing fast-charging Li-ion batteries.
1 Apr 2022

Diabetes Management Technologies 2022-2032: Markets, Players, and Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Brendan Beh
15 Mar 2022

Drug Incorporated Into Silicone Coating Reduces Reaction to Implants

Long-term use of implantable electronic medical devices - such as pacemakers and cochlear implants - is hampered by the body's reaction to foreign bodies. Now, in a study in mice has shown that this reaction can be dramatically reduced by incorporating an anti-inflammatory drug into the silicone coating around the implant.
10 Mar 2022

Electric Vehicles in Construction 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr David Wyatt
1 Mar 2022

Sorex

Sorex is a gas sensor company spun out of the University of Cambridge, seeking to commercialise acoustic wave sensor research for air quality and medical markets, including mobiles and wearables.
23 Feb 2022

Hydrogels get Magical

Just jelly-like materials? Well, there is a new one that supports an elephant but goes squishy when it jumps off. The new IDTechEx reports, "Self-Healing Materials Markets 2022-2042" and "Hydrogel Markets in Agriculture, Industry, Energy, Electronics, Electrical, Consumer 2022-2042" have the big picture.
22 Feb 2022

Self-Healing Materials for Robotics Made from Jelly and Salt

Researchers have developed self-healing, biodegradable, 3D-printed materials that could be used in the development of realistic artificial hands and other soft robotics applications.