Gencoa Ltd

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Gencoa Ltd

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: COMPET-03-2015 | Award Amount: 1.20M | Year: 2016

The overall ambition of MONBASA is to develop an energy storage system for small satellites (nano-/microsatellites) that outperforms existing solutions and can be integrated with MEMS technology. To be both, applicable and competitive, the novel solution will have to respond to specific needs, namely: (1) high energy efficiency and density, (2) small size and low weight, (3) high reliability (4) compliance with existing standards and regulation, and (5) high cost-efficiency. Any energy storage system will have to first demonstrate its ability to store energy efficiently, within specific power, lifetime and safety specifications and eventually be available at a cost that is ultimately affordable by the nano/microsatellite sector, which is highly cost-sensitive. Worldwide nanosatellite sector is continuously growing and three main aspects are driving the development: miniaturization, standardization and cost. However Europe has seriously fallen behind competitors from the US and Asia, with regard to R&D in the field of energy storage, which is one of the crucial components for improving and widening small satellites performance and applications. With its approach, MONBASA is bridging the gap between R&D and market, with the desired future impact being that the provision of tailored energy solutions becomes a European discipline and business. By bringing together a cross-sector consortium that comprises actors from the areas of energy R&D, processing technologies and space applications, the exact needs of the space industry will be considered for innovative energy storage solutions at low TRL levels. This will not only significantly increase future market uptake of a novel solution that so far is in the state of basic research, but it will foster urgently needed intense knowledge exchange between non-space and space actors for jointly developing novel solutions for a field of expectedly strong growth.


Patent
Asociacion De La Industria Navarra Ain and Gencoa Ltd | Date: 2012-03-21

Ionisation device, comprising a linear hollow cathode device (1) which has hollow cathode electrodes (3a and 3b), defining a main hollow cathode electrode gap (10) in which a magnetic field created by means of magnetic elements (4a-4b) is confined; and a gas distribution element (2) in which a gas distribution cavity (2a) is arranged providing uniform gas distribution on the main hollow cathode electrode gap (10) with suitable powering which in a substantially vacuum environment would be able to produce a substantially linear plasma discharge (6) which is spatially extended by the relative position of the hollow cathode electrodes (3a and 3b) and an anode element (5) wherein this extended plasma (6) allowing a wide interaction with particles travelling from a coating material source (7) ionised in order to produce a coating or a plasma treatment on a substrate (11) surface.


Patent
GENCOA Ltd | Date: 2011-12-29

Coating barrier layer and manufacturing process, for coating a base substrate, comprising said barrier layer a group of, at least, an inorganic layer and a polymeric layer, where a metal rich interface layer is disposed between the inorganic layer and the polymeric layer.


Patent
Gencoa Ltd | Date: 2013-09-11

This invention relates to magnetically enhanced cathodic plasma deposition and cathodic plasma discharges where the charged particles can be guided in a rarefied vacuum system. Specifically, a cluster or combination of cathodic plasma sources is described where a least two plasma source units are arranged in a rarefied gas vacuum system in such way that the resulting magnetic field interaction offers a guided channelling escape path of electrons in essentially perpendicular direction to the main bulk of neutral particles and droplets generated in the cathodic plasma source. In addition the cathodic plasma source arrangement of the present invention would generate a zone of very low magnetic field where the electrons are trapped via electric and magnetic fields. Ions generated by the plasma cluster would follow electrons via escape paths determined by electric and magnetic fields. The direction for the ions is fundamentally different from those of the neutral particles offering in this manner a charged particles filtering method. The invention could take form in different embodiments and different arrangements of these plasma clusters, interacting by magnetic interactions in such a way that the plasma would cross areas for the desired plasma treatment and/or coating of suitable substrates.


Patent
Asociacion De La Industria Navarra Ain and Gencoa Ltd | Date: 2012-07-11

Coating barrier layer and manufacturing process, for coating a base substrate (1), comprising said barrier layer a group of, at least, an inorganic layer (2a) and a polymeric layer (3), where a metal rich interface layer (2ay) is disposed between the inorganic layer (2a) and the polymeric layer (3).


Patent
Gencoa Ltd. | Date: 2013-01-14

This invention relates to the in-vacuum rotational device on a cylindrical magnetron sputtering source where the target or target elements of the target construction of such device are enabled to rotate without the need of a vacuum to atmosphere or vacuum to coolant dynamic seal. This invention relates to the use of the device in vacuum plasma technology where a plasma discharge, or any other appropriate source of energy such as arcs, laser, which can be applied to the target or in its vicinity would produce suitable coating deposition or plasma treatment on components of different nature. This invention also relates but not exclusively to the use of the device in sputtering, magnetron sputtering, arc, plasma polymerisation, laser ablation and plasma etching. This invention also relates to the use of such devices and control during non-reactive and reactive processes, with or without feedback plasma process control. This invention also relates to the arrangement of these devices as a singularity or a plurality of units. This invention also relates to the target construction which can be used in such device. This invention also relates to the use of these devices in different power modes such as DC, DC pulsed, RF, AC, AC dual, HIPIMS, or any other powering mode in order to generate a plasma, such as sputtering plasma, plasma arc, electron beam evaporation, plasma polymerization plasma, plasma treatment or any other plasma generated for the purpose of a process, for example, and not exclusively, as deposition process or surface treatment process, etc.


Patent
Gencoa Ltd. | Date: 2014-04-01

A bio control surface (100) comprising a substrate (5) and a first plurality of discrete, spaced-apart particles (1) disposed on the substrate (5) and a second plurality of discrete, spaced-apart particles (6) disposed on the substrate (5), wherein the first (1) and second (6) pluralities of discrete, spaced-apart particles are formed from species having different chemical and/or electrical properties. An intermediate layer (4) may be interposed between the particles (1, 6) and the substrate (5). The bio control surface (100) can be activated by exposure to particular conditions, which cause the first (1) and second (6) pluralities of particles to adopt different potentials (+, ), such that flow of charge, heat, ions etc. can be used to neutralise or kill bacteria or microorganisms resident on the surface (100).


Patent
GENCOA Ltd and Asociacion De La Industria Navarra Ain | Date: 2011-09-15

Ionisation device, comprising a linear hollow cathode device which has hollow cathode electrodes, defining a main hollow cathode electrode gap in which a magnetic field created by means of magnetic elements is confined; and a gas distribution element in which a gas distribution cavity is arranged providing uniform gas distribution on the main hollow cathode electrode gap with suitable powering which in a substantially vacuum environment would be able to produce a substantially linear plasma discharge which is spatially extended by the relative position of the hollow cathode electrodes and an anode element wherein this extended plasma allowing a wide interaction with particles travelling from a coating material source ionised in order to produce a coating or a plasma treatment on a substrate surface.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 99.85K | Year: 2016

Gencoa Limited have developed a prototype sensor that functions by generating a small plasma within the vacuum and splitting the emitted light into its spectrum via a CCD spectrometer. By analysing this spectrum it is possible to identify species present within the vacuum. This approach, whilst not as sensitive as an RGA, operates over a wide pressure range without the need for differential pumping. This project will aim to demonstrate the feasibility of using this sensing method to identify relevant contaminant, effluent and process gas species for vacuum deposition and surface treatment processes. If the project proves successful, then it would significantly reduce the barrier to entry for monitoring the vacuum environment for a large number of process operators who do not have this capability due to the cost, complexity and operating range of what is currently available on the market. Through better monitoring of the vacuum, this project will aim to demonstrate there is the potential to reduce process scrappage and process time and increase process quality and yield


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Smart - Proof of Concept | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2014

The aim of this proof of concept project is to develop and demonstrate the use of a new type of sensor to be used in the vacuum deposition process industry. Vacuum deposition is an important technology sector which is critical in the production of semiconductors, photovoltaic panels, touchscreens and architectural glass, among many others. These production techniques rely heavily on sensors to detect small quantities of gas present in the vacuum. However, currently available sensors only offer limited uses and operate over a limited pressure range, necessitating the use of multiple sensors types and expert interpretation. Gencoa Limited intend to address these problems by developing a multi-functional sensor that is capable of operating over a wide vacuum range and provides improved sensor feedback that is automatically interpreted for the user. This will improve the production efficiency and reduce material and energy wastage in these key manufacturing processes.

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