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Sea and space meet for business in Ireland

A new ESA project led by Irish industry is putting satellite data to use 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, led by Ireland's TechWorks Marine, working with Greek company Planetek Hellas, 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 last week, Ireland's Minister of State for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock, said, "Driving increased research and innovation in Irish companies is an absolute priority for this Government".

Minister Sherlock 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 went on to praise TechWorks Marine's commitment to 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.

Multinational environmental services provider Veolia aims ultimately to integrate this type of solution within its waste water and desalination offering.