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The Dept of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering and CDEnviro Ltd Win Prestigious InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar Award

9 February 2016

Kevin Vallely (CDEnviro), Sean Dobbs (CDEnviro), Thomas Hunter McGowan (CEO InterTrade Ireland) and Laurence Gill (Trinity College Dublin) with the FUSION Project Exemplar Award at CDEnviro Ltd.’s factory in Co. Tyrone

The InterTradeIreland FUSION project involving CDEnviro Ltd. partnering with the Department of Civil Structural & Environmental Engineering in Trinity College has been awarded the prestigious ‘InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar’. The ‘Project Exemplar’ award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme and was presented this year to only five projects in total across the island.

The FUSION project involved CDEnviro Ltd. partnering with Professor Laurence Gill from the Department of Civil Structural & Environmental Engineering Trinity College, Dublin with the support of InterTradeIreland graduate, Sean Dobbs.  Sean worked for CDEnviro Ltd. for the 18 month duration of the project, which was completed in March 2015, and has since been offered a role as a product development engineer with the company.

County Tyrone-based CDEnviro Ltd.
offers a range of products proven to bring significant efficiencies to the waste water treatment industry due to their capability to maximise material recovery and minimise waste volumes. The company’s client base includes many major water utility companies across the UK as well as consultants and contractors to the industry.

Kevin Vallelly, from CDEnviro Ltd., commented:  “We are delighted that our innovation has been recognised and are proud to accept our Exemplar award.  The level of innovation achieved in this project has surpassed even our expectations, highlighted by the fact that there are 2 patents pending on the core technology developed.  The FUSION project has brought us a great deal of new knowledge  and the original scope of the project shifted to address an issue we were having with part of our road sweeping recycling washing plant.  We were able to focus on this and a new prototype is performing well giving us the confidence to implement new processes into other live projects.  We are delighted that involvement in this project also has allowed us to anticipate an increase in sales by more than £1/2 million by year three.”

Dianne Dundas, from InterTradeIreland, added:  “Being selected for this award signifies that the FUSION project has been a great success for all parties. In this case the company was able to develop a solution to an ongoing problem; the academic institute had a unique opportunity to become involved in a commercial project, while the graduate has gained valuable project management experience and a permanent job with CDEnviro Ltd. Congratulations to all of the team on its hard work and innovation throughout this project.”

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