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Isis Innovation Ltd (the technology transfer company the the University of Oxford)

Street
Ewert House, Ewert Place, Summertown
ZIP Code
OX2 7SG
City
Oxford
Country
United Kingdom


Company Profile:
Isis Innovation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Oxford, managing technology transfer and academic consulting for Oxford, and providing consulting advice to clients around the world.
Profiltitel

Glycerol to methanol process (Isis Project 3680;ULab Project)

What we offer:
A catalytic process to convert glycerol, the main by-product of biodiesel production, into methanol. The new method is clean and operates at low temperature and pressure. Methanol has application as a fuel and an industrial chemical.

What we are looking for:
A partner to further develop and commercialise the technology. It is likely that such a partner will have a presence in vegetable oil or bio-diesel areas as well as access to a low cost supply of hydrogen. They will have experience in commercialising heterogeneous catalytic processes.

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr Dr Jamie Ferguson

Senior Technology Transfer Manager
Profiltitel

Solution Phase Deposition of Low Cost Transparent Conducting Films (Isis Project 4283; ULab Project)

What we offer:
This is a low cost, high performance alternative to ITO for photovoltaics (PV), displays and lighting. This technology offers a number of benefits:
• High conductivity within an order of magnitude of ITO prepared by a solution phase depostion
• Greater than 80% optical transparency for comparable film thicknesses.
• Lower cost as ZnO is an abundant material.
• Solution phase process avoids expensive vacuum manufacturing techniques.
• Process suited to large area coverage.
• Variable topography substrates can be accommodated

What we are looking for:
Isis believe that a solution phase method that offers the possibility to cover large areas at lower cost than the incumbent material (ITO) offers great benefits to the PV market. Isis are looking a company in PV or a supplier to the industry (perhaps of TCO coated glass) that would be keen to progress this exciting opportunity.

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr Dr Jamie Ferguson

Senior Technology Transfer Manager
Profiltitel

Gearbox monitoring for Wind Turbines (Isis Project AR/8347; ULab Project)

What we offer:
An approach to measuring gearbox health which provides for direct characterisation of the surface condition of the gears themselves. The underlying technology is the subject of a UK patent application and can be used alone or in combination with established sensing technologies to improve monitoring of gearboxes in applications such as wind turbines.

What we are looking for:
We are looking for companies interested in progressing the commercial opportunities of this technology. Of particular interest will be companies already established in sensor development or condition monitoring.

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr Dr Jamie Ferguson

Senior Technology Transfer Manager
Profiltitel

Kepler Energy Ltd: tidal energy (Isis Project 3325; ULab Project)

What we offer:
The Kepler Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine (THAWT) is a second generation tidal turbine designed to be operated either in arrays or in stand-alone form. It is highly effective in terms of extracting the maximum power from given stretches of tidal or river current. Theoretical analysis backed up by model tests has shown outputs more than 50% higher than those achievable by propeller type turbines placed in the same site. This advantage arises from the greater rectangular swept area of a THAWT rotor compared with the depth limited circular swept areas of multiple propeller type rotors. Theoretical analysis has shown that, because of the free water surface in tidal turbine flows, tidal turbines, unlike wind turbines, are not subject to the Betz power limit. Greater powers can be extracted from tidal flows by optimising the blockage ratio (swept area of turbine divided by flow area). The THAWT rotor design is better suited to this optimisation than conventional propeller type turbines.

What we are looking for:
Kepler Energy is a spin-out company set up to develop, install and operate tidal energy power stations using innovative, second generation transverse horizontal axis turbine arrays, developed at Oxford University. The company has received a grant from the United Kingdom’s Technology Strategy Board to partially finance further design work preparatory to building and operating a full scale prototype.

Kepler Energy continues to seek project collaborators and investors. http://www.keplerenergy.co.uk/

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr Dr Jamie Ferguson

Senior Technology Transfer Manager
Profiltitel

CONVOCO - a spin out opportunity from Isis Innovation Ltd (Isis Project 8288; ULab Project)

What we offer:
CONVOCO is a proposed spin-out company from Isis Innovation Ltd., the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford, which will develop a catalyst technology to convert CO2 to methanol at relatively low temperature and pressure.

What we are looking for:
We are seeking an investor with the capability of investing around GBP200k to join a Consortium which includes a UK-based technology VC and a multinational. It is felt that a company with experience in, or a supplier of engineering services to, a CO2-intensive industry would be an ideally placed to join the Consortium.

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr Dr Jamie Ferguson

Senior Technology Transfer Manager
Profiltitel

Local generation of hydrogen (Isis Project JF/4326; ULab Project)

What we offer:
The new method for local generation of hydrogen based on specially prepared silicon nano-particulates operates cleanly, at low temperatures, for long periods & at high yield. The process requires water and the only waste product is silica (sand). This approach to hydrogen generation coupled with a PEM fuel cell is proposed for charging of laptops, communication devices, emergency power provision etc .

What we are looking for:
A partner to help commercialise this technology. it is envisaged that they would be a device OEM or a company that is already engaged in portable fuel cell technology.

Collaboration sought:
  • Technical cooperation
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr Dr Jamie Ferguson

Senior Technology Transfer Manager
Profiltitel

Energy, Sustainability & Environmental Consultancy from Oxford University Consulting (Isis/OUC; ULab Project)

What we offer:
Oxford University Consulting have assisted a wide range of clients to undertake a selection of projects that cover the broad Energy, Sustainability and Environment theme. Examples include geo-engineering, infrastructure, electric motors, air transport, biomass, smart metering, educational games, carbon monitoring, photovoltaics, wind, wave and tidal power.

What we are looking for:
Issues with which our consultants (academics from the University of Oxford) can assist you across Energy and the Environment.

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr Dr Jamie Ferguson

Senior Technology Transfer Manager
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