Revolutionary technology that could transform the way satellites are used in space is being developed within the laboratory of an innovative company on the North East Technology Park (NETPark) in County Durham.
Evince Technology is scaling up business and working on game-changing technology set to “revolutionise 21st century electronics” from its base at NETPark, the region’s premier location for science, engineering and technology R&D, run by Business Durham, the economic development arm of Durham County Council.
Teaming up with space engineering firm Mars Space, Evince won a €200k project with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop its diamond-based electronics technology to deliver electron sources for use within electric propulsion systems for the space and satellite sector.
Evince is developing a process whereby it can embed tens of thousands of nano-scale electron emitters in a diamond substrate that could act as an electron source to replace the thermionic, or heated source, currently used within the propulsion system. The work is being funded via the ESA’s General Support Technology Programme.
Dr Gareth Taylor, CEO of Evince, said: “This is a UK-based technology where this project is just the start and actually, we could end up taking the world lead in it. People use the words ‘game changing’ a lot but our technology really does have the power to revolutionise 21st century electronics.”
Evince has a small in-house engineering team coupled with an established and growing network of academic and industrial partnerships, and has offices and a lab at NETPark.
Elaine Scott, business engagement and opportunities manager at Business Durham, said: “It’s a very exciting time for Evince as its revolutionary technology could have vast impacts on many different markets. It’s fantastic to see them at the stage where they’re working on so many applications and getting the funding they deserve to scale their business up from their base at NETPark.”
The company is also engaged with the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence, which is located at NETPark, to explore delivery of technology and projects within the global space sector. This includes identifying project and funding opportunities and navigating the business support landscape to access funding from Innovate UK and European Framework projects.
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CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their printable electronics applications and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region.
The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.
Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.
We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.
The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.
It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.