Insplorion's strategic partnerships are essential to develop cutting edge research and inventions to commercial products. Collaborations within the academy provides knowledge and disruptive technology and collaborations within the industry opens up for large development projects and in the long run, products in mass production.
AGM Batteries“AGM has formed a close and collaborative relationship with our friends at Insplorion, and we’re very excited about the massive potential that NPS has,“ Colin Arnold, plant manager of AGM. "Our collaboration with AGM has developed our battery sensor project from academic trials to commercial prototype in record time," Insplorion CEO, Patrik Dahlqvist. Visit AGM's website, or read an article about Insplorion's collaboration with AGM and Ducosi.
Within battery sensors, Insplorion collaborates with a research team at Uppsala University, led by Fredrik Björefors. His team performs the first lab tests on many types of lithium-ion applications. In a PhD-project, Insplorion's sensors are placed and evaluated in pouch cells and other prototype batteries. This increases the fundamental understanding and verifies the potential of the sensor technology. The results will be used in projects and tests in close collaboration with industry partners like for example AGM. Read more about Fredrik Björefors at Uppsala University's website.
Fraunhofer IFFFraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF participates in the project Adaptive Control of Energy Systems (ACES), which is granted almost 10 MSEK by the EU initiative Era-Net Smart Energy Systems. Insplorion is responsible for integrating our battery sensor in battery storage systems and optimizing the signal and monitoring systems. Fraunhofer IFF is an excellent partner to carry out the research task in field of battery storage analysis, development, testing and integration in power grids, incl. monitoring and operation control. Read more here or visit Fraunhofer IFF's website.
Insplorion collaborates with a research team at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, in the field of battery sensor development. The research team is lead by professor Patrik Johansson. Within ongoing master theses for students at Chalmers, measurements are done among other in button cells, which makes it possible to perform a great number of measurements. This develops the knowledge around the sensor for different kinds of battery chemistry and enhances the documentation for how we measure the state of charge (SoC) and the state of health (SoH) for the batteries. Read more about Professor Johansson at his page at the Chalmers website here.
RISEResearch Institutes of Sweden (RISE) is the main partner for Insplorion in the project; Development of a Nano-Plasmonic Fiber Optic Sensing Platform for Battery Monitoring. The project has a total budget of 3,2 MSEK and ist part of the Smarter Electronics System program, read more here. The projects follows the successful results from the pilot study that was funded by the same program, studying large-scale production and the use of fiber optic based NPS. “This collaborative project between RISE Acreo and Insplorion makes it possible to further develop a versatile technology with industrial applications, which is the mission of research institutes”, comments Walter Margulis Senior Scientist at RISE Acreo and guest professor at KTH (the royal institute of technology). The project aims to continue to develop Insplorion's sensors regarding electronic design for large-scale production. It is also important for development of fiber optic based NPS in general, and strengthens Insplorion's sensor platform as a whole. RISE also participates in the project Adaptive Control of Energy Systems (ACES) which was granted almost 10 MSEK by the EU organization Era-Net Smart Energy Systems, where Insplorion is responsible for integrating our battery sensor in battery storage systems and optimizing the signal- and monitoring systems. Read more here or visit the RISE website.
MetrumMetrum is the coordinator in the project Adaptive Control of Energy Systems (ACES) with a total budget of 16 MSEK where almost 10 MSEK was granted by the EU organization Era-Net Smart Energy Systems. Insplorion is responsible for integrating our battery sensor in battery storage systems and optimizing the signal- and monitoring systems. Read more here. Metrum Sweden AB is a global leader within power quality. A market leader in Sweden, with over 70 of the 100 largest utilities using Metrum solutions. Additionally, present in over 20 countries in the world. Metrum develops and markets unique system solutions for measurement of energy and power quality, with focus on disturbances and faults. Metrum also lead the EPR project, a European Union funded project to implement pattern recognition and artificial intelligence into the grid operations, mainly within power quality. Visit Metrum's website.
ABB SynerLeapInsplorion won, together with Omnio, ABB SynerLeap Springboard in 2019. Now we are developing the cooperation with ABB through a joint project paid by ABB with USD 30,000. The project will investigate process monitoring primarily for water purification. We also won offices at Synerleap, central in Västerås, with direct access to ABB's organization. In our cooperation other areas of interest, in addition to previous battery sensors, are also various types of gas measurements, for example hydrogen gas. SynerLeap is ABB's innovation development hub for startups with its head office located in the heart of ABB Corporate Research Center in Västerås, Sweden. The purpose is to create an ecosystem where ABB can utilize and enable smaller technology companies to grow and expand in a global market in one of these three areas: industrial digitization, robotics and energy. Since autumn 2018, Insplorion has mainly worked with ABB around the battery sensor and its integration in battery storage within Synerleap. In the collaboration, ABB's other business areas have been exposed to the Insplorion's sensor platform where now, with the Springboad profit, a project monitoring process for water purification will be started. ABB SynerLeap website.
Air Quality Sensors
IVL - Svenska Miljöinstitutet
The Swedish Environmental Institute is one of the main actors within the LoV-IoT (Air and Water with Internet of Things) project, where Insplorion's air quility sensor will be connected to the web and used in for example Gothenburg, Uppsala and Santiago, Chile. "To get a better understanding of air pollution and get an opportunity to actively work on reducing emissions from combustion engines, industrial processes and wood burning we need to do more measurements than is currently done. The new sensor Insplorion develops for NO2, provides an important piece of the puzzle and is something that isn't available on the market, with good enough life-span or accuracy, to be practically useful in a large scale for a city.” Fredrik Hallgren. IVL Swedish Environmental Institute. The people at IVL are very knowledgeable regarding air quality sensors. They perform their air quality measurements with chemical methods and expensive spectrometers, so there is a potential for Insplorion's sensors. IVL is partly responsible for building the platform for LoV-IoT, and functions as a development partner for Insplorion. Read more about the project here, or visit the LoV-IoT website here.
City of GothenburgIn Gothenburg, the digitalization project LoV-IoT (Air and Water monitoring with Internet of Things) is proceeding. The project explores how current air and water quality measurements can be complemented with small, cost effective sensor units which can for example be mounted on streetlights and traffic cameras. The focus in the project is to see how these sensors can be used during the construction of the West Link, a massive infra structure project in Gothenburg. For Insplorion it is very valuable to participate in a project where a cloud-based platform already is in place, with web connection and possibility to compare with other types of sensors. Gothenburg city functions as an end customer/user for Insplorion. Read more about the project here, or visit the LoV-IoT website.
Leading LightLeading Light are today selling smart lighting systems to cities and municipalities that aim to reduce their environmental impact through efficient energy management for their lighting solutions. Insplorion’s air quality sensor fits into Leading Lights products both due to their customers environmental awareness as well as the simple integration to the existing technical platform. "We are very happy to have our first commercial collaboration for our NOX sensor with Leading Light. It is a natural step from the developments within the LoV-IoT project where we have seen the increased interest among cities to monitor air quality. The results from the sensor development project are promising and we are now entering the next phase”, comments Patrik Dahlqvist, CEO at Insplorion. The collaboration covers both that the companies agrees to integrate Insplorions NOx sensor into the Leading Light IQ solution as well as collaborative marketing efforts. "We see an opportunity to strengthen our product offer to cities by offering air quality monitoring in addition to our lighting solutions. The combination with smart LED lighting from us with Insplorion’s sensor allows us to meet an increasing demand from cities and address the need from multiple departments within the city administration", comments Niclas Perkman, CEO at Leading Light. Visit the Leading Light website.
Research Instruments and Network
MC2 - ChalmersInsplorion's sensors are manufactured at the MC2 cleanroom at Chalmers University of Technology, where new sensor surfaces also are developed. The MC2 Nanofabrication Laboratory is a world-class university cleanroom for research and manufacturing of micro- and nanotechnology. The lab is run by the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience - MC2 - at Chalmers for academical and industrial research. Visit the MC2 website.
SynergonInsplorion's collaboration with Synergon provides Insplorion with qualified IP-strategic advice with focus on protecting commercially viable IP from a business oriented perspective. For Insplorion it is important to have strategic patents where business benefit outweighs the cost. With the help of Synergon, we can secure strong patents directly connected to strategy and business operations. Visit Synergon's website.
Together with Insplorion, Andreas Dahlin develops sensors with nanoholes which are going to be offered in Insplorion's product portfolio within our business area Instruments. It is first and foremost among life-science customers that sensors with holes have been requested. Dahlin and Insplorion's project "Bringing plasmonic nanopore sensors to the market" is financed through Chalmers University of Technology and their area of advance "Nanoscience and nanotechnology". "It'll be exciting to see my research spread beyond the academic world, and made commercially accessible and that it thereby can be of use to many other scientists", associate professor Andreas Dahlin states. Development of the new sensors will mainly take place at the nanotechnology lab at Chalmers, and verifying tests will be made in Insplorion's XNano instrument. "When a number of customers, working with anything from virus particles as drug delivery to studying transports in cell membranes, expressed a demand for sensors with nanoholes, it was time to make it happen. Already in the beginning of next year, we will be able to launch these new sensors." Insplorion CEO Patrik Dahlqvist says. Visit Andreas Dahlin's website here, or more about him at Chalmers website here.
Added to the important relationships with our partners, we also have a strong bond and collaboration with our research instrument customers. All over the world, distinguished scientists use our instruments to push the boundaries in their respective fields. Visit our reference customer site here.