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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2012.3.5 | Award Amount: 2.88M | Year: 2013

In project ALKAMMONIA a proof-of-concept system designed to provide power in remote applications will be developed and tested. The project will integrate three innovative and proven technologies: a highly efficient and low-cost alkaline fuel cell system, a highly efficient and catalytically heated ammonia processing system and a novel solid state ammonia storage system. The integrated system will be rigorously tested, CE certification will be achieved, and the results will be shared with leading telecommunication end-users. Project ALKAMMONIA will demonstrate significant cost savings compared to the most common current method of remote power generation, i.e. diesel generators as well as to the most common fuel-cell solution in the sector: PEM fuel cells. The ALKAMMONIA system will also completely avoid local emissions. A proof-of-concept system will be developed, built, tested and thoroughly assessed. A Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) has been set up to play a pivotal role in this project (the SAB currently comprises Vodafone (UK) and Recova Energy (India) and the FAST-EHA will work on extending the SAB during the project) and has already advised the partners in defining the projects objectives. It will provide the consortium with first-hand information on end-user requirements and will enable the partners to respond to feedback from potential early adopters of the technology. The consortium comprises a system integrator (UPS Systems plc), a fuel cell stack developer (AFC Energy plc, Coordinator), a component developer and supplier (Amminex A/S) and a specialist in fuel cell CE marking (ZBT GmbH), among others. The consortium brings together a vast amount of experience and expertise in the areas of fuel cell development and research, fuel processing as well as system integration. The partners believe that this consortium is ideally suited to achieve the ambitious targets set out in this proposal and maximise its impact beyond the duration of the project.


Patent
PLC Systems and DNA Tag Systems Ltd | Date: 2013-05-15

Provided is an apparatus for marking a target via projectile motion, comprising a capsule encapsulating a liquid having a marker suspended therein, the capsule being configured to rupture upon impact with a target. Further provided is a device for remote tagging, which device comprises projectile delivery element configured to deliver a projectile to a remote target, wherein the projectile comprises a capsule with an outer casing surrounding a tagging agent, and wherein the projectile delivery element is configured to deliver the projectile at low velocity.


Patent
PLC Systems | Date: 2013-07-11

A microengineered multipole ion guide for use in miniature mass spectrometer systems is described. Exemplary methods of mounting rods in hexapole, octupole, and other multipole geometries are described. The rods forming the ion guide are supported by etched silicon structures provided on first and second substrates.


Patent
PLC Systems | Date: 2014-09-17

A microengineered multipole rod assembly for use as an ion guide for use in miniature mass spectrometer systems is described. Exemplary methods of mounting rods in hexapole, octupole, and other multipole geometries are described. The rods forming the ion guide are supported by etched silicon structures provided on first and second substrates.


A means of monitoring biomolecule separations by mass spectrometry is described. The mixture to be separated is introduced into a first fluidic stream, which then passes through a chromatography column 103. Small samples are periodically taken from the first fluidic stream as it leaves the chromatography column and injected into a first branch of a second fluidic stream 212. Low molecular weight components detrimental to the efficient operation of the mass spectrometer are removed by an in-line dialysis cell 224. A second fraction of the second fluidic stream 214 acts as the dialysate. In a second and preferred system provided in accordance with the present teaching, the first fraction of the second fluidic stream is further split downstream of the sampling mechanism 215 through the use of a three-way connector 302. Approximately 0.3 to 5 microliters per minute continues through the dialysis cell and thereafter to the electrospray emitter 238 of the mass spectrometer. Desirably, the electrospray emitter 238, dialysis cell 224, and fluidic split 302 are provided as a demountable assembly 400. In a third embodiment of a system provided in accordance with the present teaching, the dialysate is provided separately as a third fluidic stream.


Monitoring biomolecule separations by mass spectrometry is described. The mixture to be separated is introduced into a first fluidic stream, which then passes through a chromatography column. Small samples are periodically taken from the first fluidic stream as it leaves the chromatography column and injected into a first branch of a second fluidic stream. Low molecular weight components detrimental to the efficient operation of the mass spectrometer are removed by an in-line dialysis cell. A second fraction of the second fluidic stream acts as the dialysate. In a second and preferred system provided in accordance with the present teaching, the first fraction of the second fluidic stream is further split downstream of the sampling mechanism through the use of a three-way connector. Approximately 0.3 to 5 microliters per minute continues through the dialysis cell and thereafter to the electrospray emitter of the mass spectrometer.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SME-1 | Phase: NMP-25-2015-1 | Award Amount: 71.43K | Year: 2015

Safe solid slurry detector is a new instrument which uses electrical process tomography to determine the density of solids flowing in dense phase hydraulic conveying.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 93.53K | Year: 2013

This 12 month feasibility project, led by UPS Systems plc, one of the UK’s leading standby power supply and fuel cell system integration companies examines the feasibility of developing a fully modular, methanol fuel cell system (DMFCs) for application within the mid-range boat and yacht sector. DMFC stacks with a 250W power output capability will be supplied under sub-contract by Baltic Fuel Cells GmbH. The modular approach is designed to meet the unmet market need for a marine proofed low-noise, low-emission auxiliary power supply, configured to allow self-maintenance with easy replaced components and integrated into existing on-board computer systems both to monitor/measure power output and to diagnose system failure with in-built maintenance instructions. Methanol based fuel cell are appropriate for marine application because of their light-weight and fuel storage requirements. Current DMFC systems do not have the required power output


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 70.13K | Year: 2013

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Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Smart - Proof of Concept | Award Amount: 95.19K | Year: 2015

Industrial Tomography Systems plc has pioneered the commercialisation of electrical tomography. This project takes more than 10 years experience and learning to apply the companys world leading instruments to characterise complex fluids through innovative sensor design and data interpretation. The instrument will be applicable in many industrial sectors: - in the food sector, the texture of processed foods is fundamental to customer satisfaction - in consumer goods, the manufacture of products such as toothpaste and shampoo involves complex processes which impart specific properties, such as how materials flow from tubes and bottles - in mining, the flow of slurries and how solids are either kept in suspension, and then later settle out of suspension is important to yield as well as efficient use of chemicals and energy - in speciality chemicals, such as surface coatings, the flowability of products and their consistencey is a critical part of their performance as paints and coatings. These process parameters are currently very difficult to measure during processing; and sampling presents particular difficulties for effective quality control. The new in-line instrumentation based on ITSs world-leading development of process tomography will allow better process control to improve quality & consistency and increase production efficiency.

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