Two Major Awards for Nexeon
Nexeon has picked up two major accolades from the Rushlight organisation, including the overall Clean Energy Award. This is given for “the most significant achievement towards the exploitation and adoption of clean fuels”. Nexeon’s progress in improving the performance potential of Li-ion batteries will enable greater use of rechargeable cells and a reduction in the disposal issues associated with single use cells.
Nexeon has also won the Rushlight Powered Transport Award for innovation that offers the most significant potential advancement in the commercial development of lower greenhouse gas emission modes of powered transport.
The Rushlight Awards focus on the technology and innovation achievements of organizations that are making significant progress towards achieving international goals for the production and usage of energy, fuel, power generation, waste and water. The awards were presented at a black tie Gala Dinner at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.
Key criteria used by the judges in deciding the Clean Energy award included: the importance and novelty of the innovation, the size of the problem that has been solved and the technology advancement that has been made. In addition, the judges rated the holistic impact of the innovation on the environment.
Recognition of Nexeon comes after four years of working on the use of silicon anodes to increase the energy density and lifetime between charges of Li-ion batteries. The Company was founded as a spin-out from Imperial Innovations, and the technology is based on work done by Professor Mino Green‘s group at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College, London.
Nexeon has successfully completed several rounds of funding, including the raising of £10 million last year, and has established research and development facilities, including a pilot plant that is capable of producing materials and a pilot line for demonstrating new anode performance in prototype battery cells.
“We are absolutely delighted that the extent and significance of our team’s achievements have been recognized“, said Dr Scott Brown, CEO of Nexeon, on receiving the awards. “We are continuing to make substantial progress both in materials performance and in commercial discussions about the deployment of our technology.”
In January, Nexeon announced that it is part of a UK consortium awarded almost £1 million in funding by the Technology Strategy Board to produce a prototype for a plug-in electric vehicles application.