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Development of a portable miniature mass spectrometer to monitor important, but technically difficult parameters in aquaculture

Objective

The AquaMMS project will improve today's SoA by developing a robust and portable miniature mass spectrometer, which will monitor online a wide range of vital water quality parameters simultaneously. AquaMMS will be suitable for use primarily in land-based aquaculture industry, but other markets are also relevant including environmental monitoring sector and the water supply industry. This technology will provide the fish farmer with advance warning of a broad range of potential pollutants, like toxic metals, phosphates, nitrites, nitrates, hydrogen sulphide and geosmins. These pollutants can otherwise inflict chronic stress on the farmed fish resulting in disease outbreaks and/or poor product quality, which means lost profit to the fish farms. Most of these parameters are at present technically challenging to measure accurately on a regular basis and may only be analysed when problems arise on the farm and samples are sent for more comprehensive analysis at external laboratories. Q-technologies (UK) has successfully developed miniature mass spectrometry (MMS) technology for the oil and gas industry, and has seen the need and potential in developing and marketing a similar system for the aquaculture industry. Therefore, they have taken the initiative to propose the AquaMMS project by combining forces with the SMES, Faaltech (Ireland) and BAMO (Germany). Together, these SMEs will form the production and distribution chain of the product post project. Anglesey Aquaculture Ltd (UK) and Telemarks Roye as (Norway) will take part in the project representing the end user community and will act as a test sites for the developed technology. Anglsey Aquaculture and Telemarks Roye will benefit from improved production by using AquaMMS ahead of its competitors. The RTDs, University of Liverpool (UK), Teknologisk Institutt (Norway) and Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland) have been invited to perform the RTD work needed to reach the objectives.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/mass spectrometry

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 91 150
Administrative Contact
Morten Berntsen (Dr.)

Participants (7)

Q TECHNOLOGIES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 413 096
Address
Childwall Road 100
L15 6UX Liverpool
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jason Duffin (Mr.)
FAALTECH TECHNOLOGIES LTD
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 328 687
Address
Barracks Square Joyce House Ballincollig
Cork
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick O'leary (Mr.)
BAMO IER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 248 022
Address
Pirnaer Strasse 24
68309 Mannheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean-Michel Mortz (Mr.)
ANGLESEY AQUACULTURE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 21 825
Address
West Dinmor Quarry
LL58 8SN Beaumaris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Watters (Mr.)
TELEMARKROYE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 35 100
Address
Fardal
3870 Fyresdal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mads Dorenfeldt Jenssen (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 11 520
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eleanor Farnworth (Ms.)
CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 9 600
Address
Rossa Avenue Bishopstown
T12 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liam Lewis (Dr.)