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C-Tech Innovation has gone through several changes since starting out life as the Electricity Council Research Centre in the 1960s. We are continually building on our proud legacy of invention and improvement, with C-Tech today still occupying the vanguard of innovative research and development.

2013

Named in the top 25

C-Tech Innovation named as the only UK SME in the top 25 European Union Research performers.

2011

Versarien Floats on UK AIM

C-Tech Innovation develops porous copper cooling technology and licences to Versarien.

2009

North West Eco-Innovation Programme

The North West Eco-Innovation Programme provided free, tailored support to nearly 400 businesses helping them exploit the market for sustainable products and low-carbon solutions.

2007

Knowledge to Innovate

A project funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency, designed to help small and medium sized enterprises in six priority growth sectors including Biomedical, Energy; and Environmental Technology.
2006

Silent Kettle Patent

Developed and patented the first truly silent kettle using ohmic heating technology.

2001

First Knowledge Transfer Network Established

C-Tech Innovation runs its very first Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN} Probio and are awarded a second KTN, Miniwaste.

C-Tech Innovation Established

Management buyout of the energy division of EA Technology and renamed C-Tech Innovation.

1994

First Participation in FP4

EA Technology participated in its first EU framework Research (FP4) project.

1993

Atmospheric Microwave Plasma

The first Atmospheric Microwave Plasma is developed at Capenhurst for use in surface treatment and gaseous waste destruction.

1991

Microwave Assisted Gas Firing (MAGF)

Microwave Assisted Gas Firing designed for rapid, high quality and sintering of ceramics at temperatures up to 1600ºC. Successfully combining traditional radiant (gas or electric) energy with volumetric heating (microwave) simultaneously.

1990

EA Technology Established

Electricity Council Research Centre (ECRC) transitioned to a commercial organisation under EA Technology.

1980

Ohmic Heating

A heating technology for high quality food sterilisation and pasteurisation licensed to APV Ltd.

1974

Halogen Hob Invented

An electric stove, very strong and stable under high heat, the halogen hob uses an intense infrared light source that quickly produces heat.

1972

Sodium Sulphur Battery Invented

A battery that has a high energy density, high efficiency of charge/discharge (89–92%) and long cycle life. Suitable for large-scale non-mobile applications such as grid energy storage.

1969

Electric Storage Radiators Invented

A storage heater is an electrical heater which stores thermal energy during the evening, or at night when base load electricity is available at lower cost, and releases the heat during the day as required.

1966

Electricity Council Research Centre (ECRC) Established

Electricity Council Research Centre (ECRC) is first established to develop innovative applications for electrical energy.