Details of Energy Harvesting Workshop announced
21 May 2012
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announced details of the workshop it will be hosting at S2K 2012.
The workshop will focus on micro and nanofabrication for energy harvesting applications which have been highlighted by the UK Government as an area of key importance for innovation and growth.
The aim of Micro and Nanofabrication for Energy Harvesting Applications Workshop is to stimulate the debate on the commercialisation of research in this area, to inform participants on the latest advances and also provide great networking opportunities with the UK semiconductor process and tool community. Thermal energy harvesting (and solid state cooling) already represents a global £1 Billion industry and nanotechnology offers the potential for new approaches which will continue to drive developments forward with new materials such as graphitic based materials and silicon nanowires.
The workshop will inform delegates of the current commercial status of energy harvesting in the UK and will provide a clear message of the value it provides to society. Delegates will also be introduced to the work of the joint Energy Harvesting ‘Manufacturing Challenges’ project which is exploring the issues needed to be overcome to make new devices economically competitive with existing fabrication solutions. It will highlight the research grant opportunities available with key R&D funding bodies including the Technology Strategy Board.
Presentations will also explore how advances in nanotechnologies are being employed to make energy harvesting applications more viable with practical examples and evidence from the line-up of speakers which includes the ESP KTN, University of Southampton, NPL, Toumaz Microsystems Ltd and the University of Bolton.
The NanoKTN will also be supporting the workshop being organised by Oxford Instruments on Emerging Trends in Group 4 and 3-5 Compound Materials. The emergence of new materials such as graphene and the growing acceptance of compound semiconductor materials in mainstream applications heralds the dawn of exciting developments in the fields of data storage, lighting, energy conservation, transport and many other critical areas of world economic and human progress.www.nanoktn.com.
This workshop will look at areas of leading discoveries in these exciting new materials as well as emerging applications for established materials. Presentations will be delivered by representatives from Oxford Instruments, IQE, NOKIA, Morfield and the Universities of Southampton and Glasgow.
Further information on these workshops can be found on the NanoKTN website at:
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