CeeD in partnership with the North of Scotland KTP Centre, are hosting Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) – Opportunities and Success Stories on Thursday 30th November 2023 at the Amphitheatre, Sir Ian Wood Building, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7GJ from 9:30am for registration, starting at 10am and closing by 11:45am.

Innovation can be key to accelerate a business to the next level. A company may have an innovative idea or challenge that they believe will lead to increased productivity and business growth, but they lack the skills or expertise to develop it. A Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the perfect solution. Having run for almost 50 years, the KTP is a leading Innovate UK program to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology, and skills. A KTP will link a company to a knowledge base (either a university or a Research Organisation) and a capable graduate or postgraduate who will be recruited to deliver the project, guided by a team of academic experts.

Hear an overview from Kelly Fraser, KTP Centre Manager and about two KTP case studies:

University of Aberdeen / Global Design Innovation

Project description: To develop a software tool that automatically recognises equipment from laser scans of production plants. Processing terabytes of scan data automatically will yield massive savings in engineering time and enable new products and services such as verifying a whole plant design.

Robert Gordon University / Harper UK

Project description: Design a novel remote recovery system for the decommissioning of concrete mats from the seabed with the use of baskets to recover to the back deck of an offshore support vessel. The system will eliminate the need for divers, improving Health & Safety outcomes and standardising operational costs.

The North East of Scotland’s Premier Business Networking Event is taking place on Wednesday 11th October, 2023, at the Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen where you can meet 100’s of local decision makers who have already registered to attend this event.

Designed for decision makers, team leaders, owners, managers and directors from all sizes of business.

What should I expect?

The show features everything you might need for a great day of business. There’s an awesome array of things to do and people to meet. It’s no exaggeration to say that we welcome businesses from all industries and sizes.

1-2-1 Networking

With over 15 years of experience in networking and events, we know how to connect people. Unlike some events, our networking sessions are free to attend all day. We connect you with the kind of in-person connections that make your business tick. With 82% of our delegates being decision-makers, you know you’re in the right company.

Workshops and Seminars

From world-class business leaders to award-winning authors, sporting heroes to captains of industry; we bring you the most insightful and inspiring speakers. We don’t lose sight of our roots and a small business either. We bring the best local experts to each event and keep you connected at every level.

The Transform Business Festival returns to Aberdeen on 14th November 2023.

Last year, over 300 attended the event at Aberdeen Science Centre with a host of inspirational speakers, educational workshops and more.

This year organisers Elevator and Business Gateway aim to make the #TransformBizFest even bigger and better and as part of Aberdeen’s thriving ecosystem Interface are exhibiting in the Ecosystem Village.

Festival delegates will be able to meet and engage with potential clients, hear from guest speakers, promote their products and services, and celebrate Aberdeen’s thriving ecosystem over the course of the day.

Come along and chat to our very own Gillian Hambley of Interface in the Ecosystem Village.

Find out more about the Transform Business Festival.

The 50th anniversary of SPE Offshore Europe takes place between 5-8 September 2023 at the P&J Live Aberdeen, to secure sustainable and equitable energy for the next 50 years and beyond.

If you are ready to connect with the Offshore Energy industry, network with brands across the entire value chain to find the latest innovations and developments within the industry and discover cutting-edge insights and trends attend the SPE conference designed around the four key themes of Energy Security, Energy Transition, Innovative Technology and Future Talent.
Reconnect with the industry to explore the evolving nature of the energy industry.

To find out more and to register visit SPE Offshore Europe

Sign up for a day of inspiration, insights, learning and networking. Supply chain resilience, industry 4.0 technologies, leadership & culture, operational excellence and sustainability will all be covered. Find out how the manufacturing sector responded to a global pandemic, how it can recover and how we will reimagine the future.

The conference, previously known as the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) National Manufacturing Conference, will arm manufacturing sector and supply chain businesses with the ambition, vision, knowledge, tools and networks to increase productivity and maintain future competitiveness.

Making Scotland’s Future is a partnership between Scottish Government, public agencies, industry and academia that are collectively taking forward a programme of activity designed to secure a strong, sustainable future for Scotland’s manufacturing sector, aligned to the Scottish Government’s ambitions in the National Strategy for Economic Transformation. The power of Making Scotland’s Future lies in harnessing all of its collective networks, channels and support to help drive productivity, innovation and competitiveness, maintain and create high-quality jobs, and attract and develop talent, while embedding low carbon and sustainable manufacturing as its core. The vision is for Scotland to be a country inventing, designing, developing and manufacturing world-leading products and technologies. Through continuing support and investment, we are making Scotland’s future today.

The Making Scotland’s Future Conference is being led by Scottish Enterprise on behalf of the Making Scotland’s Future partnership.

Interface are exhibiting and we’d love to see you there!

Subsea Expo is the world’s leading annual subsea exhibition and conference, held annually at P&J Live in Aberdeen, and also includes the industry’s prestigious awards ceremony, the Subsea Expo Awards.

The exhibition and conference are completely free to attend.

The exhibition is a quality-focused event showcasing the capabilities, innovations and cutting-edge technologies of the underwater sectors, with over 185 exhibitors and 6,500 delegates attending the latest show.

The conference runs multiple parallel sessions and attracts a broad range of experts to discuss the challenges facing the industry, new and transformational technologies, digitalisation, clean energy and the path to net zero, among other topics.

The Subsea Expo Awards dinner is an opportunity to join friends, colleagues and peers in celebrating the accomplishments of the industry’s standout individuals and companies and is held at P&J Live in Aberdeen.

Subsea Expo is organised by the Global Underwater Hub.

This event will showcase the value of partnering with the University of Aberdeen to support innovation. It will raise awareness of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme, which offers companies funded opportunities to collaborate with the University to achieve their business ambitions. Featuring case studies from successful projects where academia and industry have worked together to solve challenges, the event will include presentations, a networking session, and opportunities to further explore research expertise.

Background

Entergaia Technologies located in Aberdeen, Scotland is a holding company for value creating entities in the areas of energy technology and AI and Analytical software development. Entergaia Technologies aims to push the boundaries of innovation and technology.

Formed in 2018, Entergaia Technologies were looking to develop a long-range wireless power transfer (WPT) solution that would result in the creation of a new portfolio focusing on long range wireless power transfer.

Wireless power transfer (WPT), wireless power transmission, wireless energy transmission (WET), or electromagnetic power transfer is the transmission of electrical energy without wires as a physical link. The technology of wireless power transmission can eliminate the use of the wires and batteries, thus increasing the mobility, convenience, and safety of an electronic device for all users. Wireless power transfer is useful to power electrical devices where interconnecting wires are inconvenient, hazardous, or are not possible.

The Challenge

The manufacturing process of electrical wire, steel and batteries emit enormous greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Entergaia Technologies wanted to develop a Wireless Power Transfer System (WPT) that demonstrated the long-range transmission of electrical power which could gradually reduce the use of steel wires and reduce the number of batteries used in storing electricity, which would in turn, reduce greenhouse emission and improve environmental sustainability. There was evidence to suggest that Entergaia’s WPT model worked but only over short distances.

Entergaia Technologies required assistance from an academic institution to investigate potentially three projects. Initially a proof of concept to look at the notion of beaming electricity from the point of production to the point of utilisation without electrical cables or batteries, followed by testing of such a model and then the development of a demonstrator.

The Solution

Entergaia Technologies with assistance from Dr Peng Li of the University of Aberdeen aimed to develop a Wireless Power Transfer System (WPT) that demonstrated the long-range transmission of electrical power. The solution would gradually reduce the use of steel wires and reduce the number of batteries used in storing electricity, which would in turn, reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere through the production of steel cables and batteries.

During the initial phase, the application focussed on the possibility of a long-range wireless-powered electric vehicle charging system that was beyond any current near field deployments in existence. Subsequently simulations showed that long range transfer of electrical power is possible.

The work also established the possibility of electromagnetic beam tracking and directioning – which means tracking the transmitted electrical energy in motion. The beam technology would help in future developments of a wireless power charging solution that is mobile and semi-autonomous, enabling charging of electric vehicles in motion or beaming electrical energy from space, where there are no energy losses due to positional changes.

This phase also identified areas of the components analysed that require significant improvement and showed the possibility to combine some technologies to help future prototyping and product development. The understanding derived from this work would be beneficial for Entergaia’s future strategy in deploying associated products such as beaming electricity from space, wireless electricity deployment during emergencies, beaming wireless electricity to charge robots, IOT devices and remote vehicles (ROVs).

The Future

The result from the initial collaboration with the University of Aberdeen showed that although it was possible to develop a Wireless Power Transfer System (WPT) that demonstrated the long-range transmission of electrical power there was the need to increase power efficiency received at the receiving end that would eventually charge the battery. Entergaia Technologies’ focus then turned to optimising the receiving end that charges the battery – a rectenna, to enable effective conversion of the microwave radiation received, to electrical energy, and loading the charge effectively onto the battery or other alternative storage.

Entergaia Technologies secured an Advanced Innovation Voucher through Interface and partnered with Edinburgh Napier University who are producing an optimised prototype that improves power efficiency.

The Benefits

Development Partners Day is a business development networking event with Cohort5 as part of the TechX Clean Energy Accelerator. The event is an opportunity for local suppliers and entrepreneurial ecosystem support organisations to connect with and promote their services to the Pioneer companies taking part in the accelerator programme.

TechX’s Clean Energy Accelerator is an intensive 15-week programme for 12 innovative clean energy start-ups with clear potential to significantly accelerate the transition to an affordable net zero energy industry. Those selected get access to funding, expert support, mentorship, industry connections and resources. Close links to the offshore renewables industry, the nascent clean hydrogen and alternative fuels industry, and North Sea oil and gas industry offer start-us a fantastic opportunity to develop their business

During the event up to twelve start-up teams will be taking part and speaking with partners on how they can support the development of the founders technology or business.

Interface will be exhibiting and participating in this event advising on the services we can offer.

For more information go here