Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Thousand Oaks, CA, United States

In ancient Roman religion, Ceres was a goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships. She was originally the central deity in Rome's so-called plebeian or Aventine Triad, then was paired with her daughter Proserpina in what Romans described as "the Greek rites of Ceres". Her seven-day April festival of Cerealia included the popular Ludi Ceriales . She was also honoured in the May lustration of fields at the Ambarvalia festival, at harvest-time, and during Roman marriages and funeral rites.Ceres is the only one of Rome's many agricultural deities to be listed among the Dii Consentes, Rome's equivalent to the Twelve Olympians of Greek mythology. The Romans saw her as the counterpart of the Greek goddess Demeter, whose mythology was reinterpreted for Ceres in Roman art and literature. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Ceres | Date: 2016-08-19

A fuel cell system comprising a controller, a temperature sensor that has a physical presence in a conduit within the system to measure the temperature of the fluid at a point within the conduit (T_(g)) and a wall temperature sensor for sensing a temperature of a wall of the conduit (T_(w)). The controller takes T_(g )and T_(w )as inputs and applies an equation with known constants to calculate measurement error of T_(g )based on the local flow temperature and geometry and arrives at a calculated temperature. The equation may be applied iteratively until the difference between the calculated temperature and T_(g )is below an acceptable value when the calculated temperature can then be assumed to be an accurate representation of the actual gas temperature at the T_(g )measurement point. The direction of calculation is controlled by the relative difference between T_(g )and T_(w).


Patent
Ceres | Date: 2017-03-08

A fuel cell system comprising a controller, a temperature sensor that has a physical presence in a conduit within the system to measure the temperature of the fluid at a point within the conduit (T) and a wall temperature sensor for sensing a temperature of a wall of the conduit (T). The controller takes T and T as inputs and applies an equation with known constants to calculate measurement error of T based on the local flow temperature and geometry and arrives at a calculated temperature. The equation may be applied iteratively until the difference between the calculated temperature and T is below an acceptable value when the calculated temperature can then be assumed to be an accurate representation of the actual gas temperature at the T measurement point. The direction of calculation is controlled by the relative difference between T and T.


Patent
Ceres | Date: 2017-01-18

The present invention is concerned with improved fuel cell stack assembly arrangements.


The invention relates to the use of a composition containing 1, 3-propanediol as an electronic cigarette liquid. The invention also relates to a liquid composition for electronic cigarettes comprising 1, 3-propanediol, as well as at least one compound selected from nicotine, a nicotine substitute and an aroma. The invention also relates to an electronic cigarette containing said composition.


Methods and materials for increasing abiotic stress tolerance in plants are disclosed. For example, nucleic acids encoding abiotic stress tolerance-increasing polypeptides are disclosed as well as methods for using such nucleic acids to transform plant cells. Also disclosed are plants having increased tolerance to abiotic stress and methods of increasing plant yield under abiotic stress conditions.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 6.65M | Year: 2015

Society faces major challenges that require disruptive new materials solutions. For example, there is a worldwide demand for materials for sustainable energy applications, such as safer new battery technologies or the efficient capture and utilization of solar energy. This project will develop an integrated approach to designing, synthesizing and evaluating new functional materials, which will be developed across organic and inorganic solids, and also hybrids that contain both organic and inorganic modules in a single solid. The UK is well placed to boost its knowledge economy by discovering breakthrough functional materials, but there is intense global completion. Success, and long-term competitiveness, is critically dependent on developing improved capability to create such materials. All technologically advanced nations have programmes that address this challenge, exemplified by the $100 million of initial funding for the US Materials Genome Initiative. The traditional approach to building functional materials, where the properties arise from the placement of the atoms, can be contrasted with large-scale engineering. In engineering, the underpinning Newtonian physics is understood to the point that complex structures, such as bridges, can be constructed with millimetre precision. By contrast, the engineering of functional materials relies on a much less perfect understanding of the relationship between structure and function at the atomic level, and a still limited capability to achieve atomic level precision in synthesis. Hence, the failure rate in new materials synthesis is enormous compared with large-scale engineering, and this requires large numbers of researchers to drive success, placing the UK at a competitive disadvantage compared to larger countries. The current difficulty of materials design at the atomic level also leads to cultural barriers: in building a bridge, the design team would work closely with the engineering construction team throughout the process. By contrast, the direct, day-to-day integration of theory and synthesis to identify new materials is not common practice, despite impressive advances in the ability of computation to tackle more complex systems. This is a fundamental challenge in materials research. This Programme Grant will tackle the challenge by delivering the daily working-level integration of computation and experiment to discover new materials, driven by a closely interacting team of specialists in structure and property prediction, measurement and materials synthesis. Key to this will be unique methods developed by our team that led to recent landmark publications in Science and Nature. We are therefore internationally well placed to deliver this timely vision. Our approach will enable discovery of functional materials on a much faster timescale. It will have broad scope, because we will develop it across materials types with a range of targeted properties. It will have disruptive impact because it uses chemical understanding and experiment in tandem with calculations that directly exploit chemical knowledge. In the longer term, the approach will enable a wide range of academic and industrial communities in chemistry and also in physics and engineering, where there is often a keener understanding of the properties required for applications, to design better materials. This approach will lead to new materials, such as battery electrolytes, materials for information storage, and photocatalysts for solar energy conversion, that are important societal and commercial targets in their own right. We will exploit discoveries and share the approach with our commercial partners via the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry and the new Materials Innovation Factory, a £68 million UK capital investment in state-of-the-art materials research facilities for both academic and industrial users. Industry and the Universities commit 55% of the project cost.


The present invention relates to isolated nucleic acid molecules and their corresponding encoded polypeptides. The present invention further relates to the uses of these nucleic acid molecules and polypeptides. For example, the nucleic acid molecules and polypeptides could be used in making enzymes or used to make plants, plant cells, plant materials or seeds of a plant having such modulated growth or phenotype characteristics that are altered with respect to wild type plants grown under similar conditions.


Patent
Ceres | Date: 2016-01-11

A process for forming a metal supported solid oxide fuel cell, the process comprising the steps of: a) applying a green anode layer including nickel oxide, copper oxide and a rare earth-doped ceria to a metal substrate; b) firing the green anode layer to form a composite including oxides of nickel, copper, and a rare earth-doped ceria; c) providing an electrolyte; and d) providing a cathode. Metal supported solid oxide fuel cells comprising an anode a cathode and an electrolyte, wherein the anode includes nickel, copper and a rare earth-doped ceria, fuel cell stacks and uses of these fuel cells.


Patent
Ceres | Date: 2016-01-08

This document describes, among other things, a computer-implemented method for displaying and analyzing sequenced genome data. The method can include obtaining, at a computing system, genomic data for a plurality of organisms. A graphical representation can of the genomic data can be generated by the computing system based at least on the genomic data for the plurality of organisms, and the graphical representation can include a plurality of tracks that are arranged to show one or more features of the genomic data for different ones of the plurality of organisms. The graphical representation can be output for display by the computing system.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 772.29K | Year: 2016

This collaborative industrial R&D project with Nissan UK, Ceres Power and M-Solv aims to demostrate a compact, high power density, low emission SOFC battery charger for range extension of light commercial electrical vehicles (LCEV) such as the Nissan eNV200. This will involve the design, build, test and demonstration of a compact, robust, fast-response SOFC power module. This project aims to advance the key enabling technologies for a low emission SOFC/EV range extender system suitable for operation with a variety of high efficiency fuel types (including biofuels) applicable to the automotive sector. Success could lead to an APC bid, which would look to raise the market attractiveness of EV by enabling LCEVs to operate for long periods without the restrictions of electrical recharge from the grid. This highly disruptive approach supports the UKs move towards greater use of electric vehicles, supports Nissan UKs leading position in commercial EV development, opens up the 1.4 million annual EU sales of light commercial vehicles and makes significant progress towards the UKs 2030-50 low carbon energy targets.

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