Project Title: MARINE environmental in situ Assessment and monitoring tool BOX
SmartBay Ireland as part of a European Research Consortium will trial and validate a new sensor for detecting biohazards and man-made chemicals. MariaBox is a four year project which is funded under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme. The ambitious project aims to deliver a Marine Pollution-Monitoring device based on new biosensors, implemented as a set of autonomous modules for the analysis of marine pollutants and the assessment of water quality. New biosensors for monitoring five man-made chemicals and four categories of microalgae toxins affecting the Aquaculture industry will be developed in parallel. Further details on the MARIABOX project can be found here...
Project Title: COLUMBUS
SmartBay has been successful in a H2020 proposal entitled ‘COLUMBUS,’ the consortium is led by Irish partner, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and also includes another Irish partner Aqua TT
The COLUMBUS project intends to capitalise on the EC’s significant research by ensuring accessibility and uptake of research Knowledge Outputs by end-users (policy, industry, science and wider society). COLUMBUS will ensure measurable value creation from research investments contributing to sustainable Blue Growth within the timeframe of the project. Adopting proven methodologies and building on significant past work, COLUMBUS will first identify end-user needs and priorities. It will then set about identifying and collecting “Knowledge Outputs” from past and current EC projects. Rigorous analysis will take place to identify specific applications and end-users. Transfer will be achieved and measured through tailor-made knowledge transfer. All knowledge collected will be made accessible the pre-existing Marine Knowledge Gate
SmartBay will be involved with a strong pan-European consortium including, PLOCAN, CEFAS and ICES. A Coloumbus 'Fact Sheet' can be downloaded here and and a dedicated project website can be found here.
Project Title: Development and demonstration of critical components for monitoring, control and electrical connection for reliable Ocean Energy Arrays
Smartbay Ireland is partner in this OceanERAnet project support by SEAI, EVE, FCT and Innovate UK, partnering with Tecnalia (ES), Zunibal (ES), Cluster Energia (Basque Country), Ditrel (ES), Catapult (UK) and Wavec (PT). The goal of the project is to define the global requirements and specific challenges of the next generation of reliable and cost-effective monitoring, control and connection components for OEAs. Further details on the project can be found here..