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August News – Cambridge GrapheneTechDays 2015

We welcome you all!

Who Should Attend? 

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Sponsor Credits: Haydale plc (Lead) FlexEnable (Co-Lead) CGC (Co-Lead) Marks & Clerk LLP (Gold)

The Cambridge Graphene Tech Days 2015 is a leading festival of events over two days for networking and learning more about the latest advances in commercialising Graphene and related materials  in sectors such as electronics, displays, energy storage, composites, packaging, aerospace & defence and automotive.

Airbus & BP will give new presentations on the challenges for Graphene Solutions Providers in their set of industries and will be joined also by other global conglomerates.

The special programme of events will be held mainly in Cambridge’s newly-opening Graphene Building: with an exhibition of technology and tours of new labs as well as a media event, conference and a fine Hall dinner. The expert-led MasterClass covering the value network srtructure and barriers & application prioritisation offer enormous added value to corporate executive leaders.

Introduction from Dr Justin Hayward, CEO of CIR and Co-Director of Cambridge Graphene Days 2015
It is an honour to have the chance to bring together such excellent industrial and entrepreneurial growth companies in the graphene and GRM sector with Cambridge University and its new Graphene Centre Building Hub. Cambridge is perhaps the top global university across all key measures such as teaching and research. It is also home to a burgeoning technology cluster. Great companies have been born & grown to billions in the 25 years that I’ve lived here, but now multinationals also regularly come to have a base in Cambridge to find excellent research, engineering & coding staff, partnerships with top academics and other outsourcing and learning with many other players offering services in the tech cluster. I look forward to an inspiring couple of days of events.

Ray Gibbs, CEO of Haydale commented ”The Cambridge hub is one of the pre-eminent places to go for the highest quality science and application skills. As a leading technological solution provider to this rapidly evolving market sector it made great sense to support this centre of excellence covering graphene and related nano materials, . We believe the conferences and workshops at the Cambridge Graphene Days will showcase the adoption and use of the graphene materials in real products. Haydale’s functionalised graphene technology already is providing ground breaking benefits to organisations involved with composite materials, conductive inks and next generation battery technology”.

Chuck Milligan, CEO, FlexEnable commented ”The relevance of graphene and graphene-like materials to flexible electronics for displays and sensors is clear, and we are proud to be co-sponsors of the Cambridge Graphene Days event – and the opening of the Graphene Building in Cambridge. We believe that our unique manufacturing processes for flexible electronics, together with the exponential growth expected in the flexible display and IoT sensor markets, provide enormous opportunity for this exciting class of materials.”

Professor Andrea Ferrari added “We are very much looking forward to our Cambridge Graphene Technology Day on the 5th of November, when we will showcase industrial applications of graphene and related materials. We are also excited to be hosting high value manufacturing-oriented meetings on the site of the Cambridge Graphene Centre”

To learn more about the Cambridge Graphene Technology Days 2015 please visit http://www.hvm-uk.com/graphene2015

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Haydale Named Lead Sponsor for Cambridge Graphene Days 2015

Haydale Ltd., a leader in the development of enhanced graphene and nanoparticulate materials, has announced its decision to sponsor the Cambridge Graphene Days (5-6 November 2015).

The Cambridge Graphene Days is a prime event for networking and learning more about the latest advances in commercialising Graphene and related materials in sectors such as electronics, displays, energy storage, composite, packaging, aerospace & defence and automotive. The festival of events includes a program of events to be held mainly in Cambridge’s new Graphene Building, with an exhibition of technology and tours of labs as well as a media event, conference and dinner at King’s College.

Ray Gibbs, CEO of Haydale commented ”The Cambridge hub is one of the pre-eminent places to go for the highest quality science and application skills. As a leading technological solution provider to this rapidly evolving market sector it made great sense to support this centre of excellence covering graphene and related nano materials, . We believe the conferences and workshops at the Cambridge Graphene Days will showcase the adoption and use of the graphene materials in real products. Haydale’s functionalised graphene technology already is providing ground breaking benefits to organisations involved with composite materials, conductive inks and next generation battery technology”.

Professor Andrea Ferrari added “We are very much looking forward to our Cambridge Graphene Day on the 5th of November, when we will showcase industrial applications of graphene and related materials. We are also excited to be hosting high value manufacturing-oriented meetings on the site of the Cambridge Graphene Centre”

For further information on leading edge functionalised graphene application solutions please visit www.haydale.com or contact Haydale Ltd. on +44-1269-842946 / info@haydale.com.

To book to join and learn more about participating in the Cambridge Graphene Days #CGD15 please visit http://www.hvm-uk.com/graphene2015

Haydale , based in South Wales, UK and housed in a purpose-built facility for processing and handling nanomaterials, is facilitating the application of graphenes and other nanomaterials in fields such as inks, sensors, energy storage, photovoltaics, composites, paints and coatings. Haydale has developed a patent-pending proprietary scalable plasma process to functionalise graphene and other nanomaterials.

Cambridge Graphene Days #CGD15 please visit http://www.hvm-uk.com/graphene2015

Programme Lineup for Smart Homes 2013 Cambridge, 5 November

The 8th Smart Homes & Cleanpower Conference 2013 Expo (SHCP13 | Bookings) will take place at Buckingham House Conference Centre, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University CB3 0DF on 5 November 2013, and the forum will discuss the above questions in pleasant and relaxed modern conference surrounds. An excellent lineup of speakers has been arrayed covering a unique range of related topics. Generalise & thrive!
Smart Homes Conference 2013 – 5 November Cambridge

Opening Session – Connected Intelligence, Water, Energy, Things
10:00 Justin Hayward, Director, CIR Strategy, Introduction
10:05 John Riley, Head, Digital Policy Alliance, Chairman’s Opening Remarks
10:10 Bryan Lawrence, Solutions Marketing Manager, ARM Ltd Lead Sponsor
Empowering your home: realizing efficiency, comfort and security
10:25 Robert Brunbäck, CMO, Telenor Connexion AB
The Smart Home: from Vision to Reality
10:40 Ian Ellerington, Head of Innovation, DECC
Energy Innovation Programme
10:55 Steve Kaye, Head of Innovation, Anglian Water, Gold Sponsors
Innovations in water
11:05 Panel with Chair, & Marco Pisano, ESCO, followed by coffee break
Session 2 – iWATER – Water Technologies
11:40 Linda Berkshire, Anglian Water
Water & customer experience
11:50 Laurie Reynolds, Director, Aquamatix
Connecting the Water Industry to the Internet of Things
12:00 Adam Burrows, I2O Water
Under Pressure: advanced management technologies
12:10 Marcus Fowler, Tynemarch
Hands to the pump: total control software
12:20 Paul Glass, Anglian Water
In-house displays & devices for water
12:30 Panel with Steve Kaye, Head of Innovation at Anglian Water
13:00 Rapid Innovation Pitches CIR Strategy & Venture Partners
13:10 Lunch and joint networking with HVM Graphene Stream
Session 3 – iHEAT – Homes Energy & Technology
14:00 Graeme Hodgson, Project Manager, Hitachi Europe, Gold Sponsors
Strategy for  Smart Communities
14:15 Andy Nowell, Technical Director, Sentec Ltd
Home Energy metering
14:30 Andy Heaton, CEO, EnModus Ltd
Connectivity in the smart home – Winner Takes All or Horses for Courses?
14:40 Russell Haggar, CEO, Xsilon Ltd – Dependable M2M & Case Hanadu
14:50 Chris Wright, Founder, Moixa Energy – Distributed systems: time shifting DC & lighting load
15:00 Panel with Graham Ford, Mansion Partners & Tea break
Final Session – Smart Homes & IoT Entrepreneurship
15:40 Adam Gould, CEO, ARM Sensinode
Introduction to IoT for Smart Homes
16:00 Amir Chaudhry, Founder, Nymote.org
Dumb homes, smart people: generational systems for IoT
16:10 Ben Kott, CEO, EnergyDeck Ltd
A Powerful platform to reduce energy cost
16:20 Usman Haque, Founder & CEO, Umbrellium Ltd
Empowering smart citizens
16:40 Pilgrim Beart, Founder Director, AlertMe
Smart Homes At Scale
17:00 Plenary panel with John Riley, Head of UK Gov Digital Policy Alliance, then Chair Summary
17:30 Networking Drinks

8th Smart Homes & Cleanpower Conference 2013 Expo (SHCP13 | Bookings)

Please call us on 01223 303500 for bookings or more information.

National Competencies & CIR Conferences 2013

The competencies of UK industry as identified by the top institute for manufacturing in the UK, the IfM, are covered by the conferences in HVM and Cleantech in 2013.

CIR is offering a passport for the year, which costs £520 and will enable access to 4 all-day high-quality conferences throughout the year, beginning with Smart Grids & Cleanpower on June 5 and going on to a water-based general Cleantech Conference iWATER & HVM Disruptive on November 5. The typical cost to attend a single conference is £325, and conferences of this type are attended for around £900/day in certain quarters in London, so that this year pass is great value.

In particular, energy generation, management and storage are covered at Smart Grids and Cleanpower, with the themes “Grid of Things” and “Transition Technologies” respectively.

Along with iWATER and HEAT & SHIFT later in the year on 5 November, these cleantech conferences cover business and market growth and the issues of scarcity of energy and other resources.

The second broad category competence mentioned by the IfM is that of competitiveness, efficiency and effective manufacturing systems. This broad area is covered on November 5 at HVM Disruptive – a follow-up to the successful 10th Anniversary HVM Conference in 2012. In particular, the role of government in industry is considered. But the main focus will be on disruptive technologies.

Sectors to be covered across the HVM conference are:

  • materials: composites and coatings (inks, adhesives etc)
  • nanoelectronics, photonics, devices, sensors,
  • energy & storage – as we saw
  • biotech applications

More agile methods, such as 3D/additive printing will be covered on November 5 in connection with the new material graphene. These along with the experience economy represent a whole paradigm shift for sustained growth in Western economies.

The whole area of “Smart” through “embedded, connected intelligence everywhere” is covered in the cleantech events on smart grids (June 5), industrial (clean)power generation (June 5), water tech for smart homes and factories (Nov 5).

Building new business models to realise superior value networks is a core competence of CIR Strategy, which organises this year’s series of HVM and cleantech conferences in the Golden Triangle of Cambridge, London and Oxford.

CIR espouses the understanding of value networks rather than supply chains and is expert in advising on these and in designing conferences to bring together the relevant stakeholders in a value network. The rigorous method behind much of this is called “Routes to Value”.

CIR believes that there is excellent growth to be obtained in Western, mature economies that are faltering and growing much more slowly than developing markets. This additional growth and value can be added through service design so that customers can buy and use products and services more easily, and in a more engaging way. This leads to the more developed experience economy. A series of experience services can be called a transformation. Transforming your clients is a goal that all businesses in the UK should be looking to achieve. Doing so would engender the kind of growth that we have seen elsewhere in the world over the last 10-20 years and make a great number of lives in the West and elsewhere better.

Therefore, all five strategic themes within the IfM report for the TSB in 2012 are covered by the HVM and Cleantech Conferences by CIR in 2013. A passport for just £520 can be obtained for executives seeking to go on this journey in 2013, building knowledge, connections and doing business.

CIR very much looks forward to seeing you at the conferences on June 5 and November 5, 2013.

You can sign up for a 2013 HVM and Cleantech passport up to 31 March 2013 by calling us at 01223 303500 or emailing events@cir-strategy.com. Or you can book directly for a specific conference here (buy tickets).

 

 

iHEAT Conference enabled optimal intelligent heating system

Plenty of “small fry” aka exciting startups and SMEs made up the programme for the first HEAT conference focusing on intelligent heating systems in Cambridge in November 2012. Companies expert in accumulator tanks, heat metering, control systems and intelligent automation joined to provide the basis for liberating the householder from the worry of reducing their heating bill & carbon as best they can.

Summary slides and images | Conference Home | CIR Event Registration

The problem of reducing the heating bill & carbon as best one can is initially supported across the board by the ingenuity of ARM’s engineers who design chips that minimise the energy used by sensors and control systems and do so with maximal utility and intelligence.

ARM sponsored the conferences iHEAT and iWATER in November 2012 and spoke of the idea of partnership driving innovation in energy efficiency. Keith Clarke of ARM mentioned OECD forecasts of a very different world in the medium term of 20 years’ horizon, where the middle class, living much as most do in the UK and “West” live now, will increase globally by 3 billion people! The same source suggests an increase in energy usage of 60% to 2030, something which BPAE’s Katrina Landis has highlighted at CIR Events before. ARM also noted that 18 countries are estimated to see a water shortage in the next 13 years to 2025.

With this backdrop, there are huge opportunities and indeed imperatives for efficiency and innovative solutions in data and services for the sectors of consumer products & systems, infrastructure, transport, power generation and industry and transmission.

For ARM, intelligence is emerging everywhere – in cars, homes, smart devices – even street lighting. ARM calls this the Architecture of the Digital World.

There is a “connectivity gap” which ARM hopes to help solve, where one has long communications distances, short battery life and very high cost – moving this to shorter distances, long life and low cost.

ARM also believes in and supports an internet of things architecture (see the iotaforum.com site) rather than an internet of silos (the higher “entropy” result of organic growth).

Galu Accumulator Tanks spoke after ARM plc as an up and coming startup manufacturing products that will be a key pivot in the move towards optimal cost, carbon and convenience home heating and energy systems.

The important departure from the typical British home is that the hot water storage tank is no longer a small copper tin with something akin to zip-up pyjamas as insulation, and which goes cold overnight. It is now a larger, highly-insulated store, which loses only a degree centigrade overnight and thereby opens up the possibility of storing the resultant energy until needed.

We can also combine energy sources such as biomass boilers, solar thermal panels, heat pumps, with mains gas. Once there are choices of inputs, we have another fundamental shift; now, one can choose which source to use as input energy source and at what time. And with a stratified tank, one can choose which section of the accumulator tank to withdraw energy from. An analogy was given of “pennies and pounds” that one may need to take from the tank depending on the temperature required.

This is actually quite revolutionary (although ancient and indigenous peoples have for millenia used such optimisation techniques).

Furthermore, we have the problem of convenience and human effort. Most people do not have the time or interest to manually run their heating systems. They do so because they have had to. By introducing sensors inside and out, we can gather a lot of ambient information. Then through control systems and intelligent learning, one can reduce to negligible levels, the human effort to run the system optimally. Running it optimally is crucial. Theoretically, one can obtain the best possible efficiency without human input other than the information obtained about the human occupants in the general running of their households. Specifically, human interaction with the system can be reduced to adjustment of temperature of rooms to comfort – the simplest possible choice, leave alone, warmer or cooler. This minimal interaction is sufficient for an intelligent system to learn how to run the heating system according to the occupants normal patterns of behaviour and needs and wants.

Heat pumps, solar thermal, and mains gas require little maintenance by the holseholders as they are “on tap”. The case of biomass (logs or pellets) clearly has a feeding system that is limited by the store of biomass that can be held or stored, but this process can be almost seasonal only for larger systems.

The system can be set to optimise for cost and then carbon, which might be the “default”, or vice versa, or indeed only for one or other factor.

The remainder of the conference was devoted to systems that can achieve this ideal heating system based on efficient thermal storage and multiple input sources.

One such provider had an in-home M2M (machine-to-machine) technology that is scaleable and such that one can avoid the internet of silos. It is an enabling technology.

Another company, New Era Controls, had a system for industrial and commercial property energy management.

A third company, Your Smart Home, through technical director, Will Hopkins, gave the stark contrast between the modern car and the modern home. The car has a range of intelligent features, such as automatic lights, zoned heating controls, heated seats, dimming, satnav, adaptive occupancy settings and so on. The house by contrast has a wiring system based on 1950s technology, no zoning, energy management, sensing, integration and so on. It seemed a huge and glaring opportunity!

Some insight into why this smart home automation for heating hasn’t already happened came from the final session opening talk based on research by the government’s cabinet office.

One-off, conscious, deliberative “decision making” such as buying an energy efficient home or improving the energy efficiency of ones home was contrasted with habitual purchasing decisions, or everyday behaviours which are automatic, non-conscious habits like reducing everyday energy consumption in the home.

The smart heating trial showed that “making it easy” was crucial. Incidentally, this agrees entirely with CIR Strategy’s work on routes to market whereby one designs the service around removing the key barriers to purchase and use of the product or service. In this case, the cabinet office speaker gave the example fo the loft clearance service, which made take up of loft insulation much more rapid than simply reducing cost through group discounts, which made little difference to take up.

DECC’s speaker noted that “daily heat storage can help to improve the performance and consumer acceptability of heat pumps, which are less able to meet spikes in heat demand than the incumbent gas boiler technology.”

DECC added that: “heat storage can help make heat networks more economical by allowing heat sources to operate more efficiently, reducing the amount of heat generated on capacity to meet peak demand.”

This shows the high importance of thermal storage and accumulation of heat, and that this is supported strongly by government is clear in its strategy of March 2012, as well as in numerous prior documents.

AlertMe’s Founder Pilgrim Beart stated that “1⁄4  of  all UK energy  goes on Home Heating & Hot  water.” Pilgrim noted that we have warmer houses – up to an average of 18C from 12C in 1970, not as a result of climate change or of turning up the thermostat, but from heating more rooms within the house and for longer. Yes, consumption of energy has risen, though more modestly than the temperature, as a result of efficiencies.

According to BERR, though, 10 million of our 26 million homes do not have a thermostat! And almost no-one has visibility on the cost changes as well as the temperature changes we make. Beart stated also that temperature was not the same as comfort: one can feel warm when it is cooler, and cold when it is hotter!

Of those homes that have thermostats, many of them are old-style, that act like simple “switches”  – turn up and on when cold. Some are “modern” thermostats which are programmable like old VCRs, and which defeat 47% of the people who have them, according to research by YouGov.

And some have “cloud thermostats” on their smart phones which give home heating control anywhere, anytime.

AlertMe noted that stakeholder views are quite different, with industry looking for unique, value-added services & upsell, smart meters & TOU billing systems, while consumers look for lower cost, peace of mind, control, simplicity, comfort and convenience.

“In an extendible,  intelligent heating system”, said Beart, “the most common action is of course to ignore the system and leave it alone. Such a system, as described in the conference piece by piece, will improve efficiency, be simpler to use and yield better comfort.”

Finally, Fiona Saunders, Head of Investment at British Gas, gave a talk covering smart metering, remote  heating control and the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR). Fiona highlighted positive reactions from more than half of those customers surveyed who have smart meters. British Gas have installed 400k smart meters to end 2011. BG see intelligent heating systems as a longer term, strategic area of interest, enabling customers to reduce bills, live more comfortably, while building their own business around better cheaper technologies.

Remote heating controls were discussed, which the user controls from a smart device or a laptop. Such a control “resonated” with customers, a great majority of which said that saving money, increasing control and comfort were important to them.

Finally, BG said that there had been propositions taken up by customers on time-of-use pricing (3 levels); heat pumps with larger thermal stores; and routing excess PV to hot water rather than into the smart grid.

Please call 01223 303500 if  you wish to get involved in future CIR events, in cleantech or high value manufacturing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iHeat, iWater, iWaste: all together now!

The HEAT Conference has been running since 2007 annually and you can join it via here. Each year it has covered a different set of topics within home energy technologies, including solar PV, lighting, passivhaus & MMC. This year is the exciting turn of iHEAT or intelligent heating systems for smart home/building automation.

The aim of this private-sector led conference, which is sponsored by global chip designer ARM Holdings plc, MNC Schneider Electric, fast-track SME AlertMe Ltd and startup accumulator tank company Galu Ltd, is to show how to optimise and automate heating so that consumers who have shown themselves to be less than engaged with esoteric dials and displays, can now live their normal lifestyles in the safe knowledge that they are spending as little as possible on heating, and emitting the least possible carbon for that lifestyle. What could be simpler and more to the point?

So come to Cambridge University, CB3 0DF, on 13 November at 09:30 to see how this is done! With 6 years of successful gatherings under this heading, and a clear and coherent aim for the 2012 edition of iHEAT, it is a conference to enjoy and relish.

What is more is that this year, in order to complete this cleantech series that began in 2007, there will be a separate conference, led inter alia by Anglian Water, WIN and UKWIR, called iWater & iWaste 2012. Registration is at the same site here, as iHEAT above. As these names suggest, the topics will cover core cleantech areas of how new water technologies and product innovations can help enable water utility buyers to improve their services to consumers and businesses.

Led by Anglian Water, half of the day will be devoted to another related core cleantech issue of waste-as-resource. Waste-to-energy (W2E) or energy from waste (EfW) will be covered in one session, another will look into more general closing of loops, reuse and resource efficiency, and how profits can be made in so doing. A final panel will look at how the sectors of water, waste and energy can learn from each other in coming up with significant and infrastructural level change. Examples could be the application of communications standards from electrical metering systems to gas and water, new types of gas being directed into the grid, and industrial symbiosis.

Networking between the two conferences will be joint, with a combined exhibition and buffet lunch.

The date for the iHEAT, iWATER and iWASTE Conferences is 13 November 2012 at Cambridge Universiry CB3 0DF. Book now for the conference at www.cir-strategy.com/events/register or you can book at 01223 303500.

 

 

SGCP 2012 Summary Slides – iHEAT/HVM on Horizon!

The above conference took place on 14 June 2012 at Cambridge University’s Murray Edwards College, there were over 100 delegates including many innovating SME energy efficiency grids and power companies. The day was a great success, with over 25 talks across two streams, and there was an intriguing final plenary panel led by Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent, of the Guardian Newspaper, with Keynote: Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool speaking on the “boon or curse” of shale gas. The answer was that it was more of a boon than a curse.

The summary slides were delivered to delegates a few weeks ago, and are now available here.
http://www.cir-strategy.com/events/cleanpower/summary12.htm

Please do call +441223303500 if you wish to discuss the conference or its followups.

The next conferences are:

iHEAT 2012 – intelligent heating systems, covering accumulator tanks, energy accumulation for thermal stores, heat metering, measurement & controls, and intelligent automation for optimised low carbon buildings. A great set of business growth sectors.
This is the 6th in the HEAT Cleantech Series since 2007.
There will also be a Conference in parallel at the venue on intelligent water systems and on waste as resource, which will build on the HVM 2008 Conference on Resource Efficiency.

This conference is sponsored entirely from the private sector through ARM, the global chip design company, Schneider Electric, and Galu, an SME manufacturer.

See http://www.cir-strategy.com/events/heat for more information and to register.

HVM 2012 – 10th Anniversary Conference – this exciting anniversary conference will be led by Professor Sir Mike Gregory CBE from the IfM, which has recently published a report on high value manufacturing, and will feature Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Chancellor Elect of Cambridge University and former Science and Innovation Minister and 3-time speaker in the HVM Conference Series since 2002.
Plastic Logic, TAP Biosystems, Owlstone and many other private sector entrepreneurs will keynote through the day. This private sector led, pro-innovation-business conference takes place on 14 November at Cambridge University. There are no government funds used to put on the conference. CIR and Plastic Logic are supporting the conference inter alia to be announced.

Please call +441223303500 for more information or for marketing your brand, product or service at the event (places limited). The website will be at http://www.cir-strategy.com/events/hvm from mid September.