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New Member Joins the PV3 Technologies Team

Dr Claire Mitchell joins PV3 Technologies to continue the Company’s drive in new product development across coatings, catalysts and electrodes for electrochemical technologies.   Claire joins PV3 after completing her PhD in the catalysis of carbon dioxide reduction at Cardiff Univeristy.
Claire said, “It was obvious during the interviews that PV3 has the ambition to build on its impressive track record.  Being able to play a role in supporting clean-tech across a range of sectors, in Cornwall, is almost too good to believe”
PV3’s COO, Dr Nick van Dijk said, “Claire was the stand-out candidate from a short-list of extremely capable people.   As we build the team, we’re looking to bring in a wider range of skills and Claire’s background in catalyst synthesis adds to the team’s skills in engineering, electrochemistry, coating technology and battery materials.“

Faraday Institution Awards Industry Fellowship to PV3 Technologies and University of Sheffield

The Faraday Institution today announced the award of the first 6 Industry Fellowships, with the collaboration between PV3 Technologies and the University of Sheffield being one of the chosen projects.  The project will progress PV3’s development of advanced Li-ion battery materials

PV3 Technologies’ CEO, Dr David Hodgson said “We’re eager to cement the relationships we’ve been developing in the Li-ion sphere, and working Prof Corr and the Industry Fellow will bring significant value to us”

For more information see:

Faraday Institution announces six Industry Fellowships to foster relationships between industry and academic researchers

 

New Lead Engineer on site

PV3 Technologies’ new Lead Engineer, Dr David Hall, joined us today.  The role was created to support plans to increase the scale of production of existing products and David will also play an instrumental role in ensuring we get our new innovations to market even faster.

David brings expertise in process and electrochemical engineering and experience of managing large multi-partner projects. David said “I’m excited by the prospect of implementing new engineering into such a highly successful company.”

PV3 Technologies’ COO, Dr Nick van Dijk, commented, “We’re delighted to secure David in this new role, a pivotal one for our future”.

PV3 Technologies manufactures and develops electrochemical materials for technologies such as hydrogen generators, fuel cells, batteries, water treatment and medical devices.  The award-winning team, based in Cornwall, works with leading academic groups across Europe and supplies customers across the world.

We’re hiring – again!

Scientist(s)
Based in Cornwall, UK

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for an exceptional individual, or two, to join one of the most exciting materials companies in the UK. We are looking for a person that can utilise their specific scientific discipline & expertise and leverage their broad understanding of other areas to lead and deliver true innovation within our business.

We’re looking for excellence and we can mould the role around you.

Our innovation projects span materials, and their production, for hydrogen generation, fuel cells, advanced batteries, medical devices and water treatment. You will be focused on making a difference, getting products to market is what we do.

We’re a pretty special company and this is a special opportunity for a special person. We can’t wait to meet you.

Who are we?

We’re an award winning, privately-owned, make-to-order business that manufactures and develops electrochemical materials. Using our key capabilities, we support a diverse range of customers in technologies that include hydrogen generators, fuel cells, batteries, corrosion prevention, water treatment and medical devices. We are proud of our ISO 9001 (2015) certification. Our current team is made up of exceptional people with a range of backgrounds, who use their core knowledge to deliver for our business. We work across multiple sectors and have partners in major UK and EU universities.

What will you do?

We can modify the job to the person we find – we’re looking for great people – but key elements of the job are:
• Operating in a safe and professional manner
• Developing an in-depth appreciation of the manufacturing methods and properties of current PV3 Technologies and competitive materials.
• Experimentation over short and long-term timescales, materials characterisation and testing and leading critical interpretation / assessment of results.
• Formulating or synthesising ideas and concepts through constructive, challenging engagement with colleagues in response to market needs or opportunities.
• Leading the migration of products from the bench into production.
• Setting standards for technical and operational excellence.
• For those with experience of management, we can offer a team leadership role

Education / Experience required for the job:
• Postgraduate research degree or equivalent experience in Electrochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Surface Chemistry or Materials Science.
• Candidates should have a proven track record of hands-on experience in materials development, synthesis, production, characterisation, and analysis.
• A sound understanding of the research process is critical as would be a familiarity with processes or methodologies relating to innovation and new product development.
• Experience of migrating products from a research environment into production would be desirable.
• Experience of leveraging value from external partnerships
• Prior experience in leading and managing research projects and people is highly desirable
• Scheduling and allocating resources required to complete allocated projects on time and within budget.
• Non-smokers only.

Due to the nature of the chemicals we use we are only able to employ non-smokers.

Send your CV and covering letter to info@pv3technologies.com

Business Leader of the Year! Our very own CEO, Dr David Hodgson

Our CEO was recognised as ‘Business Leader of the Year’ at the Cornwall Manufacturers Group awards dinner on Halloween. David is not only the CEO but also a founder and has driven the business to where we are now.

“The competition for this award was really strong, which makes winning it a real milestone’, said David. “Being able to have all the team around the table as the award was announced was special. We’re a small, young company doing some ground-breaking things in materials for hydrogen, batteries and water treatment technologies. Awards like this help to tell our story”

The award follows on from winning the SW Micro Business of the Year award in 2018.

End of an internship – start of a career

Aisling Elmer joined PV3 Technologies earlier this year working on advanced battery materials – here are her thoughts as the Royal Society of Chemistry funded internship comes to a close.

“As a recent graduate from University of Bath with a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences and having just completed my final year project in electrochemistry, I was eager to remain in the field and make the most of the skills I had learned.

During the three months of my internship I have developed a range of skills in the synthesis of battery cathode materials, as well as having the opportunity to present my results to industrial and academic experts in the field, through one of our Innovate UK funded programmes. Exposure such as this is a huge benefit of working in a small company, and I am grateful for the responsibility I have been entrusted with in my short time here.

Joining the Innovation Team here at PV3 Technologies has challenged me to think outside the box in my approach to research, a skill which I am sure will prove invaluable throughout my career.

I look forward to future challenges and opportunities here at PV3 as I accept my new permanent role.”

PV3 Technologies’ CEO, Dr David Hodgson said “Aisling fitted in right from the start and we’re delighted she has agreed to join us permanently to work on battery materials and other projects to support our growing array of customers”

To Seoul and back with the GBIP Delegation

Last week, Simon Jones, our Principal Scientist, visited South Korea as part of the Innovate UK & Enterprise Europe Network’s Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP). Here’s what he thought.

Leaving London on Saturday, arriving Sunday and hopping through Ulsan, Busan, Daejeon and Seoul was quite a journey. Meeting a wide range of local and international companies, whilst getting the opportunity to visit cutting-edge manufacturing facilities, were the overall highlights.

With the huge recent interest from the South Korean government to support the hydrogen economy, coupled to being a leading player in Li-ion battery materials and manufacture, South Korea is very aligned with the expertise and ambitions of PV3 Technologies. This resulted in some highly interesting meetings on a range of advanced electrochemical technologies, which will hopefully develop into exciting collaboration or business opportunities.

The week culminated with a trip to Interbattery Expo, where it was great to see the wide range of businesses currently involved in the battery supply chain and the rapid developments taking place in the Li-ion sector. Overall the rapid development and deployment of advanced technologies in South Korea was very impressive and all accompanied with large quantities of excellent food. Thanks go to the EEN for organising and my fellow delegates for their company.

PV3 Technologies to join EEN/Innovate UK Advanced Materials Delegation to S Korea

PV3 Technologies’ Principal Scientist, Dr Simon Jones, will join a delegation of leading UK materials companies as they visit South Korea in October. Simon will be sharing our capabilities in materials for batteries, fuel cells, water electrolysers and more.

https://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/blog/Advanced-materials-innovators-head-South-Korea

Reflections on the European Fuel Cell Forum (EFCF) 3-5 July 2019, Luzern, Switzerland

The EFCF alternates between high and low temperature technologies and this year it was the turn of low-temperature fuel cells and water electrolysers. As is often the case at fuel cell meetings, the attendance is very international, including speakers ranging from Europe, Japan, S Korea and the USA. If I could give one piece of advice to presenters at meetings such as this, is that the audience is pretty well educated, no need to rehearse the arguments for the hydrogen-based technologies – once a conference is enough.

It’s 18 years since I last attended the EFCF in Luzern, so I was eager to see what had changed. Lots of new faces as I might have expected, the community does reach across the age spectrum, and the presence of much bigger companies was a big change compared to 2001. There were some notable absences, perhaps affected by the new conferences on the block (ICoE for one) – we can’t attend them all. The exhibition area was similar to the last time I attended, not huge, but for those companies exhibiting they are targeting a very specific market segment.

Some really good talks and as ever, lots of useful discussions during networking. It’s always great to meet up with partners, customers, suppliers and old friends at these events.

Some really good take-aways:

– Academia is still playing catch-up with the technology developers.
– The engagement between academia and industry needs to be more open if we want to make real progress.
– There is still a need for step-changes in these technologies at system, stack and cell levels.
– The industry is becoming more mature, with (some) companies working out what they do well and outsourcing the rest.

Two years to decide whether to return.

D