Powering innovative developments in the energy sector
In order to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels for transport, there is a rapidly growing market in electric vehicles. Today’s vehicles are limited in their use mainly due to long charge cycles of their batteries and their limited battery storage capacity leading to less than optimal mileage between charges. Although on a much smaller device scale, similar challenges prevail for energy storage within consumer devices or the IoT such as a need for increased autonomy and functionality. Another challenge is how the energy is generated for electric devices. A number of energy sources can be harvested such as light, heat, motion and radio frequency energy. This can also support an increase in autonomy of electrical and electronic devices.
Driving development in energy materials and devices
At CPI, we have the expertise to help you develop energy materials and devices for a large range of markets, from electric vehicles through to thin, flexible batteries for IoT applications.
Enhancing energy storage properties
Our experience in advanced materials, processing and characterisation ensures that we can deliver novel solutions in energy storage to match evolving industry needs. We can support your project every step of the way, improving battery performance through advanced surface processing, deep formulation understanding and coating and patterning capabilities. By working with you to improve the specific energy of batteries, we can enhance battery form factor and reduce weight, enabling the creation of lighter and more compact electronic devices. Our teams can work with you to extend battery lifetimes and provide an understanding of the feasibility of large-scale production of energy storage components and devices, in order to drive down the cost of batteries for automotive or other applications.
Improving energy harvesting
Through advanced materials processing and device development, we are able to improve the performance of energy harvesting materials. We can develop and test components, sub-systems and devices, incorporating energy harvesting elements and enabling power optimised circuit designs. By improving the efficiency and lifetimes of energy harvesting materials such as photovoltaics or piezoelectrics, we are able to yield improved energy density leading to smaller and lighter weight autonomous systems, and increase autonomy of distributed systems. Coupled with our flexible hybrid electronics and printed electronics capabilities, we also enable freedom of design through the ability to use energy harvesting in flexible systems or freeform shapes.
Optimising lifetime and reliability of batteries
We support your project with the correct tools, ensuring that you are able to optimise the lifetime and reliability of your energy devices. There is a significant benefit to optimising your energy storage or energy harvesting devices for functionality or lifetime. At CPI we are experts in electronic design and can marry the correct components together to provide the functionality that is required. We can also work with novel technologies that can be embedded into the fabric of batteries, such as environmental sensors, in order to give real-time feedback of operational parameters giving benefits such as improved safety, performance or reliability.