Describe the company – the elevator pitch …
Ilika plc is a pioneer in materials innovation and solid state battery technology. By applying our heritage of patented materials invention, we have developed ground-breaking solid state batteries to meet the specific demands of a wide range of applications in the Internet of Things (IoT). We license our battery technology IP to partners for IoT sensors for the Smart Home/Building; Medical; Automotive and Transportation sectors around the world.
— Ilika plc (@Ilikaplc) November 29, 2017
How are you different?
Unlike standard lithium ion batteries, Stereax® P180 solid state batteries have lower leakage currents (10x smaller) and longer life spans of up to 10 years (5x longer). They can also be integrated with other electronic components enabling the product to be kept as small as possible. In the Stereax P180 all of these aspects are now combined with the ability to support temperatures from -40°C up to +150°C.
Why will you do well?
Most analysts agree that the market for sensors will continue to grow rapidly. We are heading towards the trillion-sensor scenario, but many of the new sensor deployments will be wireless. This means wireless power as well as wireless communication. The best way to power a wireless sensor over a long period of time is to use an energy harvester, such as a small photovoltaic panel, in combination with a rechargeable battery. Stereax batteries have the unique benefits of a long lifecycle, low leakage currents and high power density, which make them particularly suited to this application.
Where are you based?
The company is headquartered in the UK and has operations in Germany, China, US and Japan. Find more information at www.ilika.com
When was the company launched?
Ilika was founded in 2004 as a spin-out from the School of Chemistry at the University of Southampton.
What have been your biggest wins to date?
We are probably best-known for our long-standing relationship with Toyota, which dates back to 2008, when Toyota approached us to develop materials for solid state batteries for their hybrid vehicles.
Who are you trying to attract to your product?
We are looking to work with OEMs who wish to offer wireless IoT systems to their customers. We are also keen to connect with partners who have complementary technologies that we can combine with our Stereax batteries.
If you’d like to collaborate with Ilika, contact us on [email protected]
What tips would you give to others looking to build their business?
Develop deep and mutually rewarding relationships with their customers.
Tell us about your team?
The Ilika team consists of a world class research team. Here’s some of them showing the Stereax prototype production process.
What are your plans for the future?
We have a well-defined roadmap for the further development of Stereax, which on the one hand will result in higher capacity miniature batteries for more power-hungry sensors and, on the other hand, will result in mm-scale devices for biomedical applications and electronic device integration.
What are your favourite tech gadgets?
I think the Arm Cortex-M0 processor designs are world-beating because of their low power requirement combined with outstanding processing capability.
What tech gadgets do you wish you could use to help you?
More efficient MEMS-scale vibration energy harvesters.
— Ilika plc (@Ilikaplc) November 28, 2017
Anything else you’d like to add/we should have asked?
Our first commercial Stereax deployment will probably be in wind turbine blades for condition monitoring. This is a perfect use-case for Stereax deployment: hostile environment, wireless connectivity, long lifetime required for low maintenance costs.
How do people get in touch with you?
Please visit www.ilika.com for more information.