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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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2022
2 Sep 2022

Deep Brain Stimulation Shows Promise Against Binge Eating Disorder

A small device that detects food craving-related brain activity in a key brain region, and responds by electrically stimulating that region, has shown promise in a pilot clinical trial.
24 Aug 2022

Sharpest Image Ever of Universe's Most Massive Known Star

By harnessing the capabilities of the 8.1-meter Gemini South telescope in Chile, which is part of the International Gemini Observatory operated by NSF's NOIRLab, astronomers have obtained the sharpest image ever of the star R136a1, the most massive known star in the Universe. Their research challenges our understanding of the most massive stars and suggests that they may not be as massive as previously thought.
9 Aug 2022

Hyundai and Kia to Jointly Develop Mobile Robots for Space Exploration

Hyundai and Kia announced have signed joint research agreements with six Korean research institutes and formed a consultative body to develop mobility solutions to explore the surface of the moon. The announcement follows Korea's successful launch of a domestically produced rocket in June.
19 Jul 2022

Denso — New Market Player in the Cobot Industry

Denso is well known for being a global automotive component manufacturer. It has a subsidiary, Denso Wave, that produces robots, automatic identification devices (barcode readers and related products), and programmable logic controllers. IDTechEx met Denso at Automatica 2022, where the company demonstrated its industrial robots and collaborative robots.
12 Jul 2022

NASA's Webb Delivers Deepest Infrared Image of Universe Yet

Thousands of galaxies - including the faintest objects ever observed in the infrared - have appeared in Webb's view for the first time. This slice of the vast universe covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm's length by someone on the ground.
22 Jun 2022

DP Patterning

DP Patterning is a young but established Swedish company that has developed an innovative method of patterning the metal on flexible PCBs. Its 'Dry Phase Patterning' method aims to disrupt the established etching approach, offering substantial cost savings and sustainability benefits.
9 Jun 2022

Conversion Efficiency of 32.65% in Flexible, Lightweight Solar

Sharp Corporation has achieved a conversion efficiency of 32.65%, the world's highest, in a lightweight, flexible, practically sized solar module developed as part of the "Research and Development of Solar Cells for Use in Vehicles" project.
8 Jun 2022

Smooth & Sharp (S&S) Corporation Teletento

Smooth & Sharp manufactures smart cards (typically contactless versions) and RFID products.
24 May 2022

Highest Efficiency 1-Sun Solar Cell

Researchers have created a solar cell with a record 39.5% efficiency under 1-sun global illumination. This is the highest efficiency solar cell of any type, measured using standard 1-sun conditions.
23 May 2022

Magna International

Magna International, currently one of the largest automotive parts suppliers worldwide, offer a wide range of automotive solutions.
28 Apr 2022

Solar Beats Nuclear at Many Potential Settlement Sites on Mars

The high efficiency, light weight and flexibility of the latest solar cell technology means photovoltaics could provide all the power needed for an extended mission to Mars, or even a permanent settlement there, according to a new analysis by scientists.
18 Apr 2022

Joystick-Operated Robot Could Help Surgeons Treat Stroke Remotely

Engineers have developed a telerobotic system to help surgeons quickly and remotely treat patients experiencing a stroke or aneurysm. With a modified joystick, surgeons in one hospital may control a robotic arm at another location to safely operate on a patient during a critical window of time that could save the patient's life and preserve their brain function.
4 Apr 2022

Jet Metal

Jet Metal is an established spray metallization company that has developed a method for patterning conductive traces on 3D surfaces. IDTechEx caught up with Jet Metal at the LOPEC 2022 conference.
18 Feb 2022

Quinly Automates Prusa in 11 Countries

Quinly for Prusa MK3S is autonomously running printers in 11 countries around the world, with an installed capacity of 1.2 million automated print hours per year. Quinly allows Prusa owners to queue as many prints as they wish at one time and walk away worry-free as Quinly prints jobs in the queue one-by-one, automatically removing parts, clearing the print bed, and starting the next print without human intervention.
8 Feb 2022

Laminating Organic Photovoltaics onto Curved Surfaces

Heat-shrinkable technology could allow solar cells and touch sensors to be attached to objects whose shapes make them challenging to laminate.
2 Feb 2022

Being a Motor Manufacturer in a Materials Crisis

The past two years have been extremely turbulent for many industries with production lines shutting down, chip shortages, and a host of general supply chain issues. Amongst the dismay, electric vehicles (EVs) have been a shining light. In 2021, sales of EVs globally grew by around 80% over 2020 which in turn was a growth of 44% over 2019.
2 Feb 2022

Future Stationary Energy Storage: Hydrogen, Batteries, Gravity, Gas, Other 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr Alex Holland and Dr David Wyatt
24 Jan 2022

Optomec 60% Growth in Additive Electronics and Metal System Orders

Optomec Inc announced a sharp increase in bookings during fiscal year 2021, including nearly 60% growth in new orders for its proprietary Aerosol Jet and LENS industrial printers. The steep rise in recent sales puts business activity well ahead of pre-pandemic levels, where Optomec had already experienced 50% growth in 2019, and takes the total installed base to nearly 600 machines across more than 250 customers.
2021
20 Dec 2021

Robots Use Fear to Fight Invasive Fish

The invasive mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) chews off the tails of freshwater fishes and tadpoles, leaving the native animals to perish while dining on other fishes' and amphibians' eggs. Researchers engineered a robot to scare mosquitofish away, revealing how fear alters its behavior, physiology, fertility—and may help turn the tide against invasive species.
17 Dec 2021

OPPO Introduces Air Glass Wearable Display

OPPO has unveiled the OPPO Air Glass. The assisted reality device - which is equipped with OPPO self-developed Spark Micro Projector, cutting-edge Micro LED, and a bespoke diffraction optical waveguide display - supports four different user interactions through touch, voice, head movement, and hand motion, allowing users to have faster and easier access to the information they need.