Irish Firm Lands Deal with European Space Agency
Byline: Declan Ferry
A DUBLIN firm has become the first Irish company to take the lead in a major European Space Agency Project.
Techworks Marine, which is based in Dun Laoghaire, is to set up satellites in space to observe coastal sewage flows.
The company won the contract thanks to its expertise in monitoring coastal outlets.
It has spent the last four years working towards the deal, which it was helped to secure by Enterprise Ireland.
Winning the project is a massive coup for the firm.
The aim of its research is to provide governments with real-time information about what is happening on their coastlines so they can respond quickly to stop pollution.
They will use satellites to monitor the effects of waste water treatment and desalination plants on coastal waters.
Concern about coastal pollution has been growing here after beaches in Cork and Clare were closed earlier this year because of dangerous levels of E.coli bacteria, as a result of untreated effluent running into the sea. …