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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Development of Novel Optical Lenses
    on five continents The Irish site in Tuam Co Galway is the manufacturing facility for Europe Transitions Optical Ltd creates eyewear solutions that offer flexibility while protecting the wearer s eyes from the sun s harmful ultraviolet rays To date the core product for the company has been photochromic ophthalmic lenses These are lenses that become darker or lighter depending on exposure to sunlight They eliminate the need for prescription sunglasses when moving into sunlight Headed by Dr Clement Higginbotham the Materials Research Institute is based at Athlone Institute of Technology AIT and is a leader in the development synthesis and characterisation of novel polymer materials Transitions Optical Ltd collaborated with the Materials Research Institute to improve the process and materials used in the manufacture of their photochromic lenses Using facilities and equipment available at AIT researchers generated a polymeric material that has excellent photochromic properties combined with optimum protection from glare Further process development work took the technology from laboratory scale to full equipment identification and sourcing Industrial scale trials were completed with equipment manufacturers This allowed the researchers to prove the technology The research was funded by Enterprise Ireland initially through a Feasibility Study and later through two Innovation Partnership projects The results of the research are patent protected However as a result of the collaboration an employee of Transitions Optical who was involved in the research is now working towards a PhD based on the work carried out Testimonials The research work carried out during this project was technically challenging and involved the development of a new to the world product AIT have been critical in securing funding and assisting in the research required to move the project through the various stages from a concept to the manufacture of a demonstrable lab sample through to the identification

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | IT Tralee Industry led Undergraduate Projects
    partnership The CIMSS based in the School of Engineering at IT Tralee promotes the research convergence between industry and academia to generate long term sustainable and flexible solutions for industry The centre focuses on the integration of intelligent electro mechanical systems robotics and sensors for industrial applications in agriculture energy and healthcare In 2010 the final year students of the Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical and Electronic Engineering at the Institute of Technology Tralee were encouraged to undertake industrially focused research projects Some of these projects were in collaboration with Dairymaster The projects ranged from remote parlour system monitoring intelligent cleaning in place systems to improved auto ID antenna designs During these projects the students worked with mentors from within Dairymaster and the company benefited from the expertise and results provided by the IT Tralee students At the end of the academic year a competition was held to identify the best engineering project The competition was sponsored by Dairymaster as part of their ongoing collaboration with CIMSS The winning project was designed by Padraig Kennedy who developed an intelligent cow foot bath design He was awarded a prize of a Dairymaster crystal trophy 500 cash and a 3 month summer studentship at Dairymaster After his 3 month studentship Padraig was offered a full time position at Dairymaster and is now a project engineer in the mechanical design office IT Tralee and Dairymaster are continuing their collaborative partnership which will allows the company to continue its R D work and to bring more intelligent solutions to market Testimonials Dairymaster were very pleased to engage with the Centre for Intelligent Mechatronics and Sensors CIMSS at the Institute of Technology Tralee and with the expertise service and results that the students provided us with Working with external personnel who can deliver results and

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | FireMagic FireMaker – Encouraging and promoting a Greener and Safer Environment
    an innovative efficient and environmentally friendly fire block The company spent a year on the Institute s Enterprise Platform Programme during which they received business support and mentoring access to funding and introductions to valuable networks As a result of the support from the Enterprise Research Incubation Centre the company was able to progress the design and manufacturing method of their lead product In March 2010 InfernEco entered into a joint venture with Bord na Móna to launch its FireMagic FireMaker product Kerosene free quicker to ignite and generating heat more quickly FireMagic is a key new product in Bord na Móna s eco friendly range of solid fuel solutions It is economical to use and provides a convenient substitute for other fire making products guarantying the intense glow of a full real fire within 15 minutes of lighting In 2010 FireMagic FireMaker became Bord na Móna s biggest new product development representing a total investment of over 1 million The product was launched in November 2010 and took 7 of the ignitions market in the first seven weeks After 12 weeks over 1 million units had been sold and FireMagic FireMaker was shortlisted for a national award in the innovative sector the winner of which will be revealed in May 2011 The FireMagic FireMaker is to be launched on the British market in September 2011 and plans to launch it on the American market are also in place InfernEco are preparing to introduce two new innovative products to the Irish marketplace in November 2011 and are planning to continuously develop new products on an ongoing basis Testimonials Working with the Enterprise Research Incubation Centre at IT Carlow was a very pleasurable experience a means of comfort when doubt set in and a confidence growing experience that is essential to

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Energy Recovery from Farm Waste
    smaller farms Established in 2004 GreenFarm Energy Ireland Ltd has a specific interest in the extraction of energy from farm waste using an on farm anaerobic digestion system that is suitable for small farms In 2005 with the support of EU funding GreenFarm Energy worked with South West College in Omagh to develop new technology solutions for the extraction of energy from waste on small farms The work resulted in specifications for a pre treatment system that would be integrated with an anaerobic digester for the extraction of energy from agricultural waste The Centre for Sustainability at the Institute of Technology Sligo IT Sligo became involved as a collaborative partner to verify the capacity of the new pre treatment digester by developing laboratory techniques to analyse farm waste and to characterise its energy potential This was facilitated by the commissioning of two lab scale bio reactors at IT Sligo The bio reactors facilitated the investigation of the energy potential of farm waste and ran on improved energy potential farm waste produced by the pre treatment digester As a result of this cross border collaboration GreenFarm Energy Ireland Ltd developed anaerobic digestion as a specialist area A prototype has been developed and tested and the construction of the full scale system is underway It will be the first on farm energyfrom waste unit in Northern Ireland Testimonials IT Sligo provided the project partners with an efficient and high level technical service on which decisions on the direction of the project could be made IT Sligo filled a significant knowledge gap in the area of environmental biology allowing the project to design and test new equipment At every stage having IT Sligo as a project partner proved highly beneficial Aaron Black South West College Omagh The development of the collaborative research project

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Putting Bacteria to Work
    at improving the bio degradation of fats oils and grease during wastewater disposal EnviroCORE is a strategic research centre based at IT Carlow EnviroCORE carries out research in microbial technologies for waste treatment It also opens up its laboratory facilities to partner companies and provides technical support and mentoring in microbiology Fats oils and grease FOGs are a large component of wastewater from the food and restaurant industries High concentrations of FOGs in wastewater can impede sewage treatment If removed prior to wastewater treatment the efficiency and safety of the waste treatment process is significantly improved FOGs can be removed by pre treating the wastewater with bacteria which biodegrade the fats into components that are more easily broken down during the subsequent sewage treatment However the bacteria used in this pre treatment become less effective over time and this can limit the efficient breakdown of FOGs IBC Associates planned to develop a system that will improve the viability of bacteria that biodegrade FOGs during the pre treatment of wastewater Although the company had extensive experience in microbiology it required the use of laboratory facilities to carry out microbiological analysis Using the laboratory facilities and equipment available at EnviroCORE and leveraging EnviroCORE s scientific expertise IBC Associates developed a novel gel based matrix that promotes bacterial viability during the pre treatment of FOGs The product has been demonstrated to keep the bacteria alive indefinitely and is currently undergoing tests to confirm its efficacy within sewage treatment systems The innovative product has potential benefits in waste water treatment systems waste disposal in restaurants and in septic tanks It is anticipated that it will be brought to market in the near future Testimonials I personally don t think that I could have brought my business to where it is today without the help

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Whey and Sewage Processing on an Organic Cheese Farm
    to cause serious environmental pollution if not properly treated before disposal To properly manage the organic waste from the goat farm and the cheese making process Inagh Farmhouse Cheese Ltd wished to convert it into a form that is permissible for disposal by land spreading The company invested in an Aerobic and Agitation System for the bio conversion of the combined whey and animal slurry waste It was important to assess the efficiency of the bioprocessing of this waste in order for the company to maintain its organic status Inagh Farmhouse Cheese Ltd engaged with the Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre Shannon ABC through the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher scheme The purpose was to confirm the efficiency of the bio conversion of waste by the Aerobic and Agitation System Shannon ABC is a collaboration between the Limerick Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee It is an applied research centre that combines research strengths in among others natural product utilisation and bio processing Shannon ABC conducted a monitoring and processing protocol over a five day period This entailed optimisation of the system operation sampling of waste streams interpretation of analytical results and generation of a report outlining the outcomes of the research supported by legislative requirements As a result of this work the company have an optimised energy efficient process for waste stream processing with acceptable organic classification and a product with the potential to be exploited as an organic fertiliser This has given the company the confidence that they have made the correct investment in a waste processing system which can be operated efficiently and appropriately Successful operation of the system means that the company is effectively managing its waste and continues to operate within the organic guidelines Testimonials We are delighted we did this project and fortunately

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | The use of Miscanthus as an Alternative Energy Source
    source when compared to other biomass Though miscanthus is being used as an energy source in mainland Europe the different climate and scale of use means that there is a requirement for technical data industry standards and processing and combustion information for Irish conditions The GESCOs have experienced significant barriers to the commercial implementation of miscanthus as a viable biofuel in Ireland They approached the Institute of Technology Carlow to assist them in designing an efficient controllable process for the generation of miscanthus fuelled biomass energy with financial return GEOCore is a strategic research centre based at IT Carlow It conducts research focusing on developing a capability in modelling testing investigation and analysis techniques to optimise building energy and systems performance and to bring all built environment elements together in a multidisciplinary approach in collaboration with industry In partnership with the GESCOs GeoCore developed a best practice framework for the processing of miscanthus as an energy source It is anticipated that when this framework is developed to its full potential the National GESCO Network will be in a position to offer a large scale indigenous secure sustainable and carbon positive energy supply to Ireland s energy consumers The Centre also worked with one of the GESCOs Kilogen Ltd to develop a prototype for the processing of miscanthus for large scale storage GeoCore assisted the company with the construction installation and testing of the prototype and provided recommendations for its implementation GEOCore are continuing to work with the members of GEGA to develop a process for the local production and processing of miscanthus as an alternative energy source for Ireland Testimonials Kilogen considers it very important for its business to work with an accredited external research partner in order to gain and develop knowledge in a structured and scientific way We

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Identification of Impurities within an Anti-Cancer Drug
    and biotechnology The Centre has a range of analytical equipment to support this research Pharmaceutical impurities can arise during the manufacture and or storage of the drug and can influence the efficacy or safety of the product For EirGen Pharma an impurity problem represented a significant barrier in the development of their Eir 010 drug as international pharmaceutical regulations require that impurities present above a certain level should be identified Supported by Enterprise Ireland s Innovation Voucher scheme EirGen Pharma engaged the PMBRC to analyse and identify three unknown impurities in Eir 010 which were observed to form under storage conditions The PMBRC used a combination of analytical techniques separation and spectroscopic techniques to determine the structure and identity of the three impurities EirGen Pharma was able to use the data generated by the PMBRC to support the filing of Eir 010 with the European Medicine Agency EMA Eir 010 was subsequently approved by the EMA and will be commercially launched in key European markets with sales worth 20m forecast over the next five years Testimonials We hear a lot of commentary about the Smart Economy and the need for Ireland to move up the value chain the research work of the PMBRC is a firm example of that going beyond rhetoric in the pharmaceutical sector Our partnership with the Centre is a key part of our vision for EirGen Pharma and the working relationship has already been a very productive one on several levels perhaps most starkly when research at the Centre allowed us proceed with a key drug in our portfolio that might otherwise have been abandoned Tom Brennan Technical Director and Co founder EirGen Pharma Ltd Partnerships with industry are a huge part of the Centre s work and we very much see our mandate as being

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