EUFAR’s TTO activity seeks to support the transfer of technology between experts in airborne measurements and industry partners, including small to medium enterprises. Each year 2/3 promising technologies will be selected and studied for presentation to industry partners, who will thereafter be invited to attend presentations by EUFAR experts on their most innovative research developments. These workshops will be an opportunity for experts and industry partners to closely interact and develop partnerships for upgrading airborne research instruments, methodologies and software into innovative and useful products.
A technology sheet template was circulated to experts within the EUFAR network allowing them to list any potentially interesting technologies and innovative breakthroughs. Following this step, 10 innovative research developments were identified, and the technology transfer team together with the expert working group coordinator organised a one-day workshop in Frankfurt in early February 2016. This meeting brought together the relevant scientists, in their capacity as a member of a EUFAR joint research activity or expert working group. During this workshop, 4 technologies were selected for their scientific expertise and innovation. The technology transfer team also shared information on issues related to best practices on knowledge transfer, intellectual property rights management, R&D contracts and different kinds of possible partnership models to facilitate subsequent interaction with industry partners.
The technologies collected up to date include the following:
- Airborne laser interferometric Drop Size (ALIDS) – JRA3 led by Emmanuel Porcheron, IRSN. Click here for more information.
- Standardised assembly to measure soil reflection under undistributed conditions in the field (Eyal Ben-Dor, TAU). Click here, to see the technology sheet.
- Field detector for assessing soil contamination with total petrol hydrocarbon (TPH) Eyal Ben-Dor, TAU). Click here, to see the technology sheet.
- Leak detection by water absorption measurements (Martin Zoeger, DLR)
- Monitoring CO2 and CH4 fluxes, perceiving leaks and monitoring authorised CO2 and/or CH4 emission (Jim McQuaid, University of Leeds)
The next workshop is set to take place before the end of the year, to fine tune the offer to industry and take the activity forward. Furthermore a booklet will be developed to serve as a guiding framework for scientists on how to transfer and market innovative technologies, and work with industry partners.