Donegal company eyes €200m market, hosting EU consortium

A Donegal company and its EU partners have invented a new temperature sensor that could open up a market worth €200 million to them.

A Donegal company and its EU partners have invented a new temperature sensor that could open up a market worth €200 million to them.

Kelsius is hosting its partners in the E-Stars EU technology consortium, as well as a delegation from the EU Commission, at its Falcarragh offices this week to advance the project.

Ultan O’Raghallaigh, Kelsius CEO, commented: ‘We are very excited about putting the outcomes from the consortium’s significant work to practical use which will help Kelsius progress as a business.

“The project resulted in the development of a credit card sized wireless temperature sensor by Kelsius. The surface of one side of the sensor is a solar panel so that the battery of the sensor can be recharged by exposing it to light. This facilitates multiple deployments of the sensor.

“The small size and low profile of this sensor opens up new market potential for Kelsius. The low profile sensor would be advantageous in monitoring temperature sensitive goods in transport such as pharmaceuticals and food. In transit temperature monitoring – the ‘cold chain’ – is a €200 million market.”

The consortium, which is funded by the EU, is made up of eight leading companies and academic institutions from five European countries. Representatives from the Atomic Energy Commission, ST Microelectronics and Université Paris XI of France will be joined by colleagues from BIOAGE and Fiat of Italy together with AMAT from Germany and the Netherland’s Delft University of Technology in Falcarragh this week.

The project began in 2008, charged with “developing a sensing and communication capability on an autonomous smart micro system powered by a new 3D high capacity integrated microbattery”.

Their work resulted in the development of a wireless sensor with a battery on a chip. This was done with a view to ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of developing miniature wireless sensing technologies.

The 3-year research and development programme concludes in Falcarragh when the E-Stars consortium members present their findings to the European Commission. The EC delegation is headed by project officer Dominique André and also consists of Andrew Kerr, Industry Expert from Leeds University and Dominque Guyomard, another leading French expert.

Kelsius Founder and E-Star delegate Dr. David Gray said: ‘I’m excited about finally witnessing the culmination of three years of work. It makes it extra special, and a privilege, that Kelsius in Falcarragh is hosting this event.’

The E-Stars entourage have been conducting official business from Tuesday through to today in Falcarragh, culminating this evening with a tour of the Kelsius facilities.