Friday, 24 August 2018 10:41

Save the date: Photovoltaics Europe 2019

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Photovoltaics Europe 2019 - 23rd & 24th January - Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Sunday, 29 July 2018 10:09

Sensors in Food and Agriculture 2018

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On the 18th and 19th July the Sensors in Food and Agriculture 2018 conference took place in Norwich, UK.

Sunday, 15 July 2018 09:23

EnviGuard Presented to Cefas

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On the 11th July Dr Ian Johnston was invited to present an overview of the EnviGuard project and its sensor development progress to aquaculture experts

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 11:26

1st Trainning workshop

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We are pleased to invite you to the 1st EnviGuard Training Workshop to be delivered the second half September 2018 on The Commodore Restaurant & Bar (Main Street, Holm, Orkney KW17 2RU, United Kingdom). 

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:01

EnviGuard video is now available!

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The EnviGuard video is now available where you can get a much clearer idea of the prototype that has been manufactured, its use and its applications.

In April 2018, Multitel had the chance to participate to the Hannover Messe, which is the world's largest industry fair with typical about 250.000 visitors and 6.500 exhibitors from 75 countries.

Sunday, 22 April 2018 11:07

ENVIGUARD on SEAFISH aquaculture meeting

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One of Seafish's primary aims is to ensure a sustainable, socially responsible future for the UK seafood industry. The organisation funded by a levy on the first sale of seafood products in the UK is committed to responsible sourcing throughout the supply chain, which involves protecting resources, fish stocks and ecosystems; supporting the development of sustainable marine aquaculture methods; facilitating well informed sourcing policies and promoting best environmental practice.

At the end of June this year the LASER World of PHOTONICS took place in Munich, Germany. With 1.293 exhibitors and more than 32.000 visitors from 90 countries, it is the world’s leading photonic trade fair. One of the exhibitors was MULTITEL ASBL from Belgium and consortium member of the FP7 project EnviGuard.

Thanks to the Newsletter and the dissemination of all EnviGuard partners, people stopped at the MULTITEL booth to get more information about the EnviGuard project and showed interest in the different challenges that we are facing within the scope of this multidisciplinary project. Even people from New Zealand came, because they would like to implement something similar at their coasts as an early warning system.

CLEO Europe 01In parallel to the trading fair, the World of Photonic Congress took place with about 3.500 attendees. Part of this congress was the CLEO/Europe-EQEC conference, where MULTITEL had the chance to present a poster showing results of the EnviGuard project. MULTITEL has developed within WP4-the chemical detection unit a multichannel spectrometer to analyze the quantity of the chemicals PCB 169 and 126, okadaic acid and saxitoxin detected by the multiplexed sensor chip.

The poster attracted interested people from different continents (Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America) with an interested in the spectrometer itself like an engineer from Newport or about the surface functionalization in order to specifically detect certain toxins as an engineer from the University of Montpelier asked.

The spectrometer was also part of a demonstration setup at our booth where we were able to show prospective customers the operation of the spectrometer including a figure of a sensogram.


EnviGuard had a successful day at the Oceans of Tomorrow workshop held as part of the MTS/IEEE Oceans’ 17 Aberdeen Scotland exhibition and conference held 21-22nd June. ENVIGUARD was presented in a Power Point slide during 20mins plus 10 mins questions.  There were presentations from several similar projects funded under the FP7 ‘Oceans of Tomorrow’ programme, these were:

SENSEOCEAN  - Development of biogeochemical sensors for autonomous platforms and observatories

BRAAVOO - Biosensors for Near Real-Time Marine Toxicant Monitoring

SMS - Innovations in emerging pollutants ocean monitoring using biosensing technology

SCHeMA - Integrated In situ CHemical MApping probes: objectives and main achievements

NeXOS -  Development and end-to-end integration of compact, low-power, multifunctional ocean sensors.

ENVIGUARD - Advances in biosensor technology for monitoring harmful algae, algae toxins & PCB

MariaBox - first prototype of a novel instrument to observe natural and chemical pollutants in seawater

COMMON SENSE - Cost-effective sensors, interoperable with international existing ocean observing systems

Several of these projects overlap to some degree with ENVIGUARD, to a greater of lesser degree – in particular SMS.  Most of the projects are developing sensors for chemical contaminants including algal toxins and inorganics, algal detection  and environmental parameters.  It seems that ENVIGUARD is the only project investigating a sensor to detect microbial and viral pathogens in the water column (though this part of the project was not discussed in the presentation by Dennis Gowland).

A common theme from the researchers involved was to achieve real time sampling in-situ – often from buoys. Challenges remain to ensure that prototypes are made robustly to survive in offshore marine conditions.

Degrees of readiness (Technological Readiness Level – RTL) ranged from TRL4 (lab validation) to (in rare cases) TRL9 (System test, launch & operations). Mostly the projects reported TRL 4-8.

During Question & Answer sessions and at a Panel session at the end of the workshop it was emphasised that the new technologies and the new methods of deployment developed in the projects would need an extended period of demonstration would be required to satisfy the requirements of the market and that standards (where not already existing) would need to be addressed.

More information can be found here


EnviGuard has been invited to present the project results at the Oceans of Tomorrow event in Aberdeen at the workshop session on Thursday 22nd June.

The presentation entitled "ENVIGUARD - a real-time multi-sensor in a small package with a big future!" will be perfomed by Mr. Dennis Gowland from North Bay Shellfish Ltd.

For more information, you can check the event website:

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