Zinergy attended IEEE FLEPS 2019 which was held in in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central. Dr Dilek Ozgit, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Zinergy UK, gave a talk on a light and flexible “wear-and-forget” companion device called Re-Patch for ambient assisted living. Developed in a joint effort between two Cambridge based start-ups namely Cambridge Innovation Technologies Consulting (CITC) Ltd. and Zinergy UK Ltd., this medical device uses sensors to measure various health and environmental parameters. The patch has the capacity to communicate wirelessly with a monitor and is powered by RFID when close to the base station. The read range is extended by incorporating an ultra-thin zinc-based battery and a supercapacitor both developed by Zinergy UK. IEEE FLEPS 2019 is intended to provide a forum for research scientists and engineers throughout the world to present their latest research findings, ideas, and applications in the area of flexible and printable sensors and systems.
On the 12th of April, Zinergy’s project “Advanced Rechargeable Ultra-Thin Flexible Zinc Batteries” was awarded the third prize from the final of the 3rd China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition. The 3rd China (Shenzhen) Innovation and Entrepreneurship International Competition is closely linked to the industrial development of Shenzhen, which set up the five industry competitions of Internet and mobile internet (information technology), biology and life science, electronic technology, advanced manufacturing, materials and energy (including energy saving and environmental protection). Also, this competition organised the three professional competitions of Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and financial technology. This competition was officially launched on December 1, 2018. A total of 1,850 projects were registered, which the total number of registrations were increased by 27% year-over-year the highest record achieved this year. In March 2019, the 10 overseas competitions were held in Sydney, Australia, Toronto, Canada, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Japan, Madrid, Sweden, Stockholm, Boston, USA, Silicon Valley, London, United Kingdom. Finally, 137 projects got the opportunities to participate in the finals of the five industry competitions on the 9th and the finals of the three professional competitions on the 10th in Shenzhen. After the finals of the five industry competitions and the three professional competitions, 24 finalist fiercely competed for the final prizes.
Zinergy UK joined the London, U.K. Division of The Third China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition. Our project “ Advanced Rechargeable Ultra-Thin Flexible Zinc Battery” has won the Second Prize. Our winning team together with other winners from 10 divisions ( Sydney, Toronto, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Madrid, Stockholm, Boston, Silicon Valley, London) will attend the final around to compete the final prizes 1.8M RMB in total. China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition aims to integrate innovation and entrepreneurship resources and help foreign innovation and entrepreneurship projects to connect with Chinese hi-tech industrial resources and expand the Chinese market for mutual benefits and win-win results. This competition is open to all foreign innovation and entrepreneurship projects with no restrictions on competitors’ nationality. Bonus of this competition totally reaches RMB 11.2 million, which includes individual bonus up to RMB1.4 million (Government subsidies and venture capital investments are not included). A venture capital pool of RMB 25 billion has been set up by 40 investment institutions, which helps support outstanding projects. Equal opportunities of social investment are going to be distributed via the platform to all participants which are going to be invited to the Conference on International Exchange of Professionals in Shenzhen as well.
Zinergy UK announced the new flexible and printed 3V Zinc-Carbon series at the Wearable Technology Show (WTS) 2019, which has got a high current capability for applications such as temperature and freshness monitoring for goods as well as asset tracking. Also, the features of highly customisable battery design and mechanical flexibility based on customers’ needs has attracted a lot of attention in the fields of health care, sports and battery solutions. The 3V Zinc-Carbon series includes 3V1.1, 3V1.2 and 3V 1.3 has achieved the highest technology level for maximum peak current in the current industry; which are 40mA, 50mA and 60mA, which is much better than other products in the market which have maximum peak currents of below 20mA. This key technology strength will particularly promote Zinergy’s products into a leading position in the IoT markets. The WTS is the largest business and prosumer show featuring cutting edge technology under one roof. It is the biggest and best forum for forming partnerships and developing new businesses across the wearable, smart device and IOT landscape. Over 3,000 delegates, 200 speakers and 150 press came together to exchange views, network and do business this year. The show floor featured cutting edge technology attracting prosumers, distributors and buyers. Also, WTS 2019 showcased technologies across a multitude of fields including – smart home, health care, fashion, fitness, performance sports, enterprise, augmented reality and presents visionary speakers working within the industry to discuss the future of wearables, smart technology and IoT.
Dr. Nikita Sachdev, a chemist with experience on the synthesis and assembly of different types of particles (spherical, nanosheets, core-shells), has joined the team. Her previous developments have attracted significant commercial attraction. We are sure she will play a strong role contributing towards new battery technologies alongside with other team members.
Zinergy UK has joined an EU funded consortium with over 20 partners across Europe. The project is named as “TEESMAT”. There are three core objectives in this project, including open access to advanced characterisation solution for material, awareness of the industry and sustainable open innovation test bed& community. During the R&D, Zinergy UK is going to challenge development of a process/capability to measure printed electrodes in line for QA. Secondly, the challenge is to understand the mechanism of degradation of the cell. Finally, it is going to be addressed to obtain some clarity on the regulatory framework and routes for recycling applicable for this type of battery. According to our CEO Dr. Pritesh Hiralal , the project will allow us to increase the excellence of our batteries by using the state of the art facilities across Europe.
Since the 11th of December, the office of Zinergy UK has been moved into a bright and spacious space with a open view located at the first floor of FBC.
Our CSO Dr. Dr Dilek Ozgit announced that the team won the award for Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 3 Competition from Innovate UK for “Wettability of Printed Electrodes for Ultra-Thin Zinergy Batteries”. Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. It drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.
Cooperating with LPWAN leading company Zifisense located in Cambridge and China, the two companies launched ZETag together to Japanese markets at ET&IoT Technology 2018 in Tokyo. Zinergy will provide our ultra-thin printed batteries integrating with ZETA modules to produce cutting-edge LPWAN Tags called ZETag, which uses WideArea sensors to feed for logistics,smart packaging and biomedical monitoring. Once a ZETag is triggered by an event, the sensor working together with the capacity from a Zinergy battery will send the tracking data to a ZETA server through an access point. And then, the clients can be informed by their enterprise clouds. ZETag including Zinergy’s battery is soft and thin and disposable. Especially, the overall cost is very low in cents. Comparing with RFID, LPWAN Tags such as ZETag, LoRa Tag and Sigfox Tag are more economic due to high costs on RFID reader and writer.
Our CEO Dr. Pritesh Hiralal showed our ultra-thin printed batteries and advanced flexible battery material such as positive and negative electrodes and electrolyte ink materials at CHINA HI-TECH Fair 2018, 2J30 in Hall 2 and Outstanding Innovative Product Display Zone ( the second floor) located at Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre . Also, some applications and integrations are launched, including temperature-sensing patches, active RFID tags, electronic ink displays, LED electronic business cards and health monitoring patches.