Ireland: Ireland’s TechWorks Marine will lead a European Space Agency (ESA) project on utilising satellite data for monitoring the quality of coastal water. The Irish minister for Research and Innovation is supporting this initiative, in line with the country’s job creation priorities.
The project will combine satellite observations with data from ocean buoys to deliver timely, high-quality information for water and waste management operators.
This initiative not only aims to improve water quality, but also provides a new opportunity for growth in Ireland.
At the project’s launch event, Ireland’s Minister of State for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, said, “Driving increased research and innovation in Irish companies is an absolute priority for this Government. Ireland’s Action Plan for Jobs 2012 puts innovation and technology at the heart of enterprise and jobs policies, and working with the European Space Agency is an integral part of driving innovation and research in Ireland.”
The minister then praised TechWorks Marine’s commitment in developing environmental monitoring techniques.
“This is a significant win for TechWorks Marine and clearly indicates that Irish SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises) have the capability and expertise to lead projects in this highly competitive sector,” he added.
Multinational environmental services provider Veolia aims ultimately to integrate this type of solution within its waste water and desalination offering.
Initial service trials will be run in northwest Ireland’s Donegal Bay, where Veolia operates a large waste water treatment facility.
Trials will also take place in the Middle East, where they operate major desalination facilities.
Charlotte O’Kelly, Managing Director of Techworks Marine, noted that the project, which is jointly funded by the ESA Strategic Initiative and the Earth Observation Envelope Programme, will in the future rely on data from the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3 missions.