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Scale-up supports a start-up

PV3 Technologies, a leading supplier of electrochemical materials based in Cornwall and in scale-up phase, is ‘doing its bit’ by incubating graphene company, Amalyst.

One of the key challenges an early-stage company faces, is how to access the infrastructure needed to develop their intellectual property into a market-ready product. Incubators exist for certain sectors, but if a company needs more than a bean bag and a laptop, then it can be challenging.

Amalyst is a member of the EU’s Graphene Flagship, a €1bn programme to ensure the EU can exploit the potential of the ‘wonder material’ first identified by Nobel Prize winners at the University of Manchester. Collaborating with partners in the UK, France and Italy, Amalyst is working to develop advanced catalysts for the fuel cell industry based on graphene and other 2D materials.

Dr David Hodgson, CEO of PV3 Technologies commented: “The board of Amalyst were delighted with the prospect of working out of PV3’s laboratories. The ability to tap into PV3’s unrivalled expertise in the sector, to provide access to a unique suite of equipment and to supervise and mentor Amalyst staff were crucial elements of the decision. “

“Following-on from the launch of the Davy Initiative, an industry-led drive to promote the Cornish capability in electrochemistry and related materials, this is a further signal that Cornwall has a lot to offer to the world of electrochemistry. This arrangement is bringing additional employment opportunities to Cornwall in the world of 2D materials – does it get more exciting?”

“The arrangement is not without its challenges,” said PV3 Technologies’ COO Dr Nick van Dijk. “Our two companies are working in similar fields, so we’ve had to agree a very defined scope of activities, but the similarity also means we can leverage the work of both companies and we have arrangements for cross-licensing of IP in place, should we need them”

“I’m pleased we’ve been able to make this work,” said Hodgson. “Having done this once, PV3 would be eager to see if we could do it again and would welcome discussions with universities, or other researchers looking to spin-out their electrochemical ideas.”

New Appointment

Dr James Courtney joined the PV3 Technologies team today as Applications Scientist. James brings to the team a wide experience of fuel cells, batteries and materials chemistry.

This new role was created due to increased demand from customers for bespoke product developments. Dr Nick van Dijk, PV3 Technologies’ COO said “James will focus on customer-driven innovation, providing even better customer service to new and existing customers”.

James said “I’m delighted to be joining PV3 Technologies at such an exciting time”.

Enquiries to info@pv3technologies.com

A Successful Davy Initiative Workshop

A successful Davy Initiative workshop for PV3 Technologies and the University of Exeter

PV3 Technologies and the University of Exeter launched The Davy Initiative in Cornwall on the 1st February 2018, with the workshop acting as a platform to bring together the major regional players in electrochemistry.
A real cross-section of talent, the workshop played host to professionals covering all corners of the industry, from minerals to systems and projects.
What followed was a successful day of networking, knowledge sharing and the pinpointing of a real commercial opportunity for Cornwall going forward.

Why was the Davy Initiative Workshop launched?

The Davy Initiative’s primary objective is to help Cornish organisations gain economic value from the increasing growth of electrochemistry’s usage in energy storage, clean fuels and med-tech. PV3 Technologies aims to drive this by raising awareness of the capability, activity and exciting potential in the county.

The workshop: collaborating with a common goal

The first speakers, reviewing the national and regional political landscapes, of the day were Cornwall Development Company, Innovate UK and the University of Warwick. The theme was very much on highlighting national and regional strategies, as well as innovation support and new opportunities in battery technology for the electrification of vehicles, which mainly resulted from the Faraday Challenge.
PV3 Technologies, along with a whole host of like-minded organisations, including Hitachi, Cornish Lithium, Cornwall New Energy, and the University of Exeter, highlighted the current capability in Cornwall and the surrounding region. A lively, positive Q&A session between the panel, Chair and audience immediately followed.
Everyone in attendance was eager, enthusiastic and ready to take hold of new opportunities in the area, so naturally there was an abundance of interaction throughout the day. With ad-hoc debates and discussion sessions taking place, people had to be dragged away from coffee and lunch breaks, which was a testament to the strength of the day’s networking.

An overall success – thanks to all that attended

David Hodgson, CEO of PV3 Technologies, said:
‘The whole day was a huge success in many ways, but I found two things particularly exciting about the workshop. The first big achievement was how we managed to bring together previously unconnected companies through a shared common interest. The second fantastic result was identifying a real strategic commercial opportunity for Cornwall – which looks to progress and develop further over the coming months.’
The immediate feedback has been extremely positive, and already there are tangible actions underway, setting even more resource sharing and collaboration in motion. We all agreed that this should be the first, and not the last, Davy Initiative Workshop.
David added: ‘Finally – I must say that the support from the University of Exeter in organising this event has been fantastic – thanks Hollie, Jaime and Jim.’

PV3 Technologies’ success in the UK Government’s Faraday Challenge.

PV3 Technologies’ success in the UK Government’s Faraday Challenge. 

 

Following on from the Secretary of State for BEIS, Greg Clark’s, communication last week, we are delighted to announce that PV3 Technologies has been successful with proposals to develop advanced materials for Li-ion batteries.

Dr David Hodgson, CEO, said “This is a strategic move for us as a company.  We already have products for a wide range of electrochemical technologies, but not Li-ion batteries, and these projects will allow us to develop new products for a very exciting sector.  We’ve teamed up with the  leading university research groups and industry partners in our projects, and we’re eager to get started”

“Our success in this competitive funding competition is a real endorsement of the world-class team we are building”

PV3 Technologies’ projects will aim to develop advanced cathode materials to reduce the cost and increase the energy density of Li-ion batteries, leading to cheaper electric vehicles with longer range than current models.

For further information contact:

Dr David Hodgson
CEO
PV3 Technologies Ltd

w: www.pv3technologies.com
e: david.hodgson@pv3technologies.com
t: @pv3technologies

ROLLEM gets funded

Our proposal for funding under Innovate UK’s Materials & Manufacturing competition, has been successful.  The project will develop an automated manufacturing process to help increase throughput.

CEO Dr David Hodgson said ‘We’re delighted to receive this funding to support our manufacturing strategy by developing innovative production automation to increase productivity.’

 

FCH JU Programme Review Days

Our COO, Dr Nick van Dijk, will be attending the FCH JU Programme Review Days 23-24th November 2017.

Shortlisted for Innovation Award

The Cornwall Manufacturers Group have shortlisted PV3 Technologies for their Innovation Award 2017.  Winner will be announced at the Awards Dinner in November

PV3 Technologies News: 2017 Highlights so far

2017 has been a hectic year so far and I thought I’d share some highlights with you.

Starting with very recent news, our team continues to grow and strengthen as Dr Nick van Dijk has joined us to take up the role of Chief Operating Officer. Many of you will know Nick and we’re excited that he’ll bring his experience of working in Metalysis, Unilever and ITM Power to PV3 Technologies.

Earlier this year our external audit demonstrated we are ISO 9001:2015 compliant, something many of our customers and partners have welcomed. Just as important, our QA process has been audited by new customers and we’ve passed with flying colours.

This year saw us lead on UK Government-funded innovation programmes for the first time and funding for two projects from Innovate UK has been secured. One project will see us develop materials for electrochemical hydrogen compression and the second to increase the level of automation in our production process through manufacturing innovation.

Our network increases with PV3 Technologies sitting on Advisory Boards for a number of national and international programmes.

We pride ourselves on the pragmatic way we do business and our focus on providing electrochemical materials continues. Our current products portfolio includes materials for water electrolysis (coatings and catalysts), water treatment, electrosynthesis, metal recovery and corrosion protection; not forgetting our contract R&D and manufacturing services.

I’ll be in touch again with news as it develops. In the meantime, get in touch if you have any electrochemical material needs or would like to know more about us.

David

New PEM Water Electrolyser Anode Catalyst Project Completed

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An electrochemical materials company based in Cornwall has developed a catalyst to fill a gap in the market in the water electrolysis industry and help customers make hydrogen more cost-effectively – and quicker. An Innovation4Growth (I4G) fund through the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) provided PV3 Technologies with the boost it needed to research and develop the product.

Hydrogen is considered a clean fuel, as when it burns it produces water vapour as the only by-product. One way of making the gas is through water electrolysis, whereby hydrogen (and oxygen) is produced when electricity passes through two electrodes (the positive anode and negative cathode) immersed in water. This hydrogen provides fuel for hydrogen cars, energy storage and metal treatment.

Based in Launceston, PV3 Technologies develops catalysts that help speed up the electrolysis process. The company found that although the industry mainly uses iridium oxide, there is a strong demand for a novel catalyst that is more durable and operates with lower energy consumption.


Members of the PV3 team
In 2015, it therefore set out to develop a powder used in the scientific process, but first it needed funding. This came after it applied for an I4G grant provided through UWE Bristol. The fund currently provides applicants with a maximum of £75,000 to cover up to 35% of the cost of an R&D project and is financed by the UK government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

“The I4G funding enabled us to undertake an innovation programme that we wouldn’t have been able to do on our own,” says PV3 CEO David Hodgson. “It was also a grant that gave us the freedom to channel the money into an internal project,” he adds.
The funding allowed PV3 to secure existing jobs within the team and recruit two highly-qualified staff members (one a material scientist, the other an expert in catalysis) to bring the total head count to six. The money also went into consumables, scientific hardware and testing equipment.

During the 18-month R&D period, the scientists developed the product’s synthesis, working to make it pure enough to meet customer demands, before undergoing evaluations to check that the catalyst performed well.

It then supplied samples of the powder to customers for testing. “A major impact of the I4G is that it gave us the confidence to move forward with the project,” says Hodgson, “and has allowed us to cement existing relationships and go out to new customers.”

Hodgson says UWE Bristol was on hand to provide support throughout the project. “UWE was particularly helpful in assisting us with the claiming procedure and we were later awarded an extension of the fund, which shows that our project went well.”

The company is now scaling up the product and hopes its new catalyst will make the industry’s life easier when trying to produce clean fuel such as hydrogen.