An environmental waste company from Wicklow has received an award for displaying outstanding innovation in their field of work.
Bray based company BioCore has been commended for its achievement in InterTradeIreland's FUSION programme and awarded with a 'Project Exemplar' for outstanding innovation.
The 'Project Exemplar' award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the FUSION programme.
BioCore are involved in the waste, energy, renewables and clean technology sectors. They are an Enterprise Ireland client company and have been trading since 2010.
BioCore has an annual turnover of €1,000,000 and have established a significant presence in the UK and Ireland.
They now manage over 12,000 tonnes of sludge and are developing three major renewable energy projects which rely on the direct, and indirect, use of sludge for feedstock.
The long term aim for the company is to use this resource potential for renewable energy generation and recovery of commercial grade fertilisers for farmland.
InterTradeIreland's technology transfer and innovation programme FUSION, partners companies north and south with a third-level institution and provides them with the specialist expertise of a high calibre graduate working directly in the organisation to deliver a new product or process improvement project.
Through the programme, BioCore has benefited from the services of the Questor Centre at Queen's University Belfast and graduate James Russell.
James helped develop a prototype for the treatment of leachate and sludge allowing BioCore to strategically expand into a new market.
On receiving the award, Peter Carey, Managing Director of BioCore said, 'we have been working on a leachate management treatment solution for a number of years. Through InterTradeIreland's FUSION programme we were able to take our project to the next level.
'Having scaled the prototype ready for the market we expect to roll out the solution throughout Ireland and the UK in the coming years. BioCore's market position has improved as a result of FUSION.
'This treatment solution compliments BioCores existing business in renewable energy and sludge management.'
He added, 'Julie-Anne Hanna, Manager of the Applied Technology Unit QUESTOR at Queen's University, Belfast was vital to our project. The use of QUESTOR's technical equipment was integral to the research for the development of our prototype.
'Julie-Anne's extensive research and passion for this area of the industry has been both inspirational and extremely helpful. Her knowledge and supervision on this project helped us to bring our product to market quicker than projected,' said Mr Carey.
'I would recommend the FUSION project to SMEs because it enabled our company to hire a highly qualified graduate who was the driving force for this project.'
Businesses looking for more information on the InterTradeIreland FUSION Programme should visit the website www.intertradeireland.com/fusion