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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

PV3 Technologies Speaking at Major Water Electrolysis Conferences

In recognition of our leading position in the supply chain we’re presenting at the two major water electrolysis conferences this year. In June, Dr Nick van Dijk (COO), will be speaking at the ‘2nd International Conference on Electrolysis’ in Norway; and in July, Dr David Hodgson (CEO) will speak at the ‘European Fuel Cell Forum’ in Switzerland.

Get in touch using info@pv3technologies.com if you want to learn more and arrange to meet.

Links to the conferences:

https://www.sintef.no/projectweb/ice2019/
https://www.efcf.com/

We have been invited to speak at additional events this summer and as details emerge we’ll post them.

PV3 Technologies Secures Funding Support from European Regional Development Fund, via Aerospace Cornwall

PV3 Technologies has received support for its innovation project to develop advanced coatings for use in lightweight fuel cells of the type used in long range UAV’s. Project ‘Fly’ will focus on innovations that will increase the range of fuel cell-powered UAVs, and the manufacturing technology required to deliver the innovation at large scale.

PV3 Technologies’ CEO, Dr David Hodgson said “This project supports product and manufacturing innovations within our business and will facilitate an entry point into the aerospace sector, something new for PV3 Technologies”

The project will be led by PV3 Technologies’ COO, Dr Nick van Dijk. Nick said “We have an amazing team in PV3 Technologies, that are eager to grasp new challenges such as this. We will leverage our core skills, capabilities and know-how to move into a new industry sector.”

The news about project funding follows on from a successful track record in securing innovation funding for hydrogen, manufacturing and battery projects. PV3 Technologies has recently invested in new laboratory facilities that will be a critical part of this project.

PV3 Technologies acknowledges the financial support of the European Regional Development Fund

A word from our newest team member

As our most recent recruit we asked Ben Johnson to reflect on his first job since leaving university.

Having graduated from the University of Birmingham with a master’s degree in chemistry in July 2018 I was eager to get straight into the workplace to put my knowledge and experience to use. Being located in my home county of Cornwall, PV3 Technologies caught my attention when I saw a vacancy advertised. Having studied chemistry with the intent of working in green chemistry, the position at PV3 Technologies was the ideal opportunity for me, as the main focus within the company is materials for clean energy, ranging from fuel cells to batteries, to water electrolysers.
Just 6 months in and I have been part of, and seen the end of, a variety of projects. From the very beginning I was given the responsibility of quality checking a variety of catalysts, using techniques developed by my new colleagues and before long I was synthesising multiple catalysts for the innovation team to analyse and build on. It was great to be part of the team that manufactured the first commercial-scale batch of a new catalyst we’d developed. Despite my short time working at the company, I feel like from the first day I have had an impact within PV3 Technologies.
The whole innovation team is incredibly helpful and willing to help with any issues and questions I have, no matter how small or obvious the answer may seem. Joining and becoming a valued member of the team has been very easy due to both the friendliness of everybody, and the professional nature of the company.
It’s still a little hard to believe that a world leading company like PV3 Technologies is based in my home county. I feel honoured to be part of this team.

It’s official, PV3 Technologies is the best company in the SW 2018

Well, best micro company to be precise. At the awards ceremony in Oct 2018, we were delighted to be given the award. The judges recognised our commitment to innovation, our desire to scale the business and the commercial success we’ve demonstrated to date.

More to come, so keep an eye on us.