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Imperial College London is a global leader for science and engineering led innovation. The fundamental and applied research developed in labs across the university have far-reaching potential impact. The TechElevator, which is supported by the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace and the university’s pathways to impact fund, will showcase Energy related innovations and well as outline the innovation pipeline at the college from ideation to commercialisation.

The TechElevator will take place on Wednesday the 22nd of March in the Imperial College Business School.

Format of this Energy TechElevator:
+ Welcome – Dr. Billy Wu
Professor Nigel Brandon – Vice-dean for Research Faculty of Engineering – Ceres Power, from concept to commercialisation: an academics perspective
+ Innovation works pipeline – Advanced Hackspace, Enterprise Lab, Corporate Partnership, Imperial Innovations
+ Coffee break and demo day exploration
+ Invited talk from a college spin-out company
+ Various research pitches
+ Panel discussion

Details of the talk:
Title: Ceres Power, from concept to commercialisation: an academics perspective

Abstract:
The presentation will discuss the authors own experience in spinning out a company from Imperial College based on around ten years of fundamental science, then growing the business to a commercial scale. The presentation will discuss issues around IP and research, balancing academic and commercial endeavour, engagement with industry and funders, and identifying when science can be translated into commercial opportunity.

Bio:
Prof Nigel Brandon OBE FREng is Vice Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London, Director of the Sustainable Gas Institute, and Director of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supergen Hub. He was a founder of the UK fuel cell company Ceres Power in 2000, acting as CEO to 2003, CTO to 2006 and chief scientist to 2009. He currently chairs the company’s Technical Advisory Board. He was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2007 for his contribution to engineering leading to commercial exploitation, and the 2014 ASME Francis Bacon medal for his contribution to fuel cell science and engineering.