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UK Sensors expertise featured in mission to Silicon Valley

The Energy Harvesting SIG is in the US this week with a group of UK companies at 'Energy Harvesting and Storage USA.'
The Energy Harvesting Special Interest Group (SIG), a network of organisations and individuals interested in the application of energy harvesting technologies, is pleased to announce the start of its Energy Harvesting Mission to Santa Clara in the US.
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) will be leading the Mission of UK companies including: CPI - the UK's National Centre for Printable Electronics, GSS - producers of market leading carbon dioxide sensors, Ilika Technologies - an inventor, tester and selector of materials in the laboratory that can be scaled up for everyday commercial use, and the University of Bath's Prof Chris Bowen who is developing bistable composites with piezoelectric generators.
The mission's primary function will be participation in IDTechEx's annual 'Energy Harvesting and Storage USA 2013' conference and exhibition in Santa Clara, USA. This event also coincides with the co-located Plastic Electronics, Graphene and Supercapacitors conferences. It is expected that over 1,800 delegates and 100 exhibitors will attend the conference and the venue, Santa Clara (Bay Area) is known for technology development with several large multinational companies expected to attend.
Dr Alec Reader, Director of the NanoKTN, comments, "Energy harvesting applications have been highlighted by the UK Government as an area of key importance for innovation and growth for the UK with many disparate industry sectors expected to benefit from energy harvesting technologies. Demand for increased functionality, usability and reliability is a problem for conventional battery-powered devices and energy harvesting has the potential to provide a solution to substantially extend battery life, or eliminate its usage altogether. As a result, the market opportunity for this technology in domestic and overseas markets is vast and we hope that the mission will provide the UK delegates with a major networking opportunity and platform to engage with key personnel and groups from the US."
Energy harvesting solutions can be found in several applications where autonomous or battery augmented operation is required such as in harsh or inaccessible environments. These technologies can also be combined with novel lower power sensor technology to provide monitoring of infrastructure at much reduced cost. The typical sectors that are looking to exploit these technologies are in the monitoring of bridges, buildings, asset tracking and public monuments to reduce the energy consumption of heating or monitor airborne pollution and monitor structural movements long term. It is also useful in the chemical and process industries where autonomous wireless monitoring is crucial to increase safety monitoring by decoupling form the main energy supply. The challenge is to engineer good solutions that are optimised to the application in question.
Energy harvesting is an emerging sector in the UK from academic research, University spin-outs and established industry, both technology providers and users. Centres of academic excellence have innovated many key developments in the energy harvesting field. In addition, the UK has commercial equipment and device developers and service providers who cover the range of methods to make new materials and devices possible, featuring design of products, novel sensors, chip design, software and wireless networks as key strengths. Spin-out companies are successfully developing devices for harvesting mechanical strain and vibration, heat, light and solar energy and incorporating these into systems.
For further information about the Energy Harvesting SIG, please visit Stand Q05 at Energy Harvesting and Storage USA this week, or visit the website:
Established by the Technology Strategy Board, the NanoKTN is managed by Centre for Process Innovation Ltd, a leading technology development and consulting company.
About NanoKTN:
The NanoKTN facilitates the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and research, offering companies dealing in small-scale technology access to information on new processes, patents and funding as well as keeping up-to-date with industry regulation. The four broad areas that the NanoKTN focuses on are: Promoting and facilitating knowledge exchange, supporting the growth of UK capabilities, raising awareness of Nanotechnology, and providing thought leadership and input to UK policy and strategy.
About The Technology Strategy Board:
The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led government body which works to create economic growth by ensuring that the UK is a global leader in innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit External Link.
About Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs):
KTNs have been set up by government, industry and academia to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and the science base. They bring together diverse organisations and provide activities and initiatives that promote the exchange of knowledge and the stimulation of innovation in these communities.
The first KTNs were set up in 2005 and the network continues to grow. They are active in sectors, technologies and market-based areas and they interact strongly with the government's Technology Programme and overall technology strategy.
About CPI:
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is a UK based technology innovation centre and part of the government's High Value Manufacturing Catapult. CPI offers market and technology expertise along with cutting-edge development assets to help its public and private sector clients build and prototype the next generation of products, processes and services quickly and efficiently, and with minimal risk.
CPI has the capability to develop products and processes for companies working in the pharma, chemical, energy, transportation and printable electronics markets. Cutting-edge facilities are manned by commercially experienced scientists and engineers, and are equipped with development laboratories, prototyping facilities and pilot plants that enable clients to prove and scale up processes from the laboratory stage through to commercial reality. CPI also offers a multi-disciplined team who work together on project management, investment and market opportunities to ensure each business fulfils its potential.
About Energy Harvesting SIG:
The Energy Harvesting SIG is a network of organisations and individuals interested in the application of energy harvesting technologies and funded by the Technology Strategy Board, the UK's innovation agency. The SIG has established itself as the focus of energy harvesting innovation activities, engaging a sizeable membership from along the supply chain and delivering a range of activities in support of both the Technology Strategy Board and the community. Membership to the UK Energy Harvesting SIG is free of charge. You can register online and join the other 370+ members at: and click on the 'join this group' button.
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