Galway-based biotechnology company Glasport Bio has taken home the coveted Excellence in Energy Research and Innovation Award in the 2021 SEAI Energy Awards.
Glasport Bio was announced as the winner of the award during a recent online ceremony, and the company will receive a €10,000 bursary along with the award.
GlasPort Bio has developed a solution to allow greater use and reuse from perceived waste agricultural materials. Their GasAbate product is added to stored slurry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase biogas production following Anaerobic Digestion.
The product has the potential to reduce national emissions and enhance the renewable energy output of slurry.
Dr Ruairi Friel, CEO of GlasPort Bio, said they are delighted to have won this award.
“It is a great validation of our company and it is a great reward for our hard working and passionate team,” he said.
“Winning this award will spur us on as we launch commercial beta testing of our product later this year.”
There were 26 finalists shortlisted for the 2021 SEAI Energy Awards with projects delivering combined energy savings of €41.5 million.
A total of ten awards were presented to individuals, businesses, communities, and public sector organisations in recognition of their commitment and dedication to sustainable energy and climate action.
Congratulating the finalists and winners, William Walsh, CEO of SEAI, said that the SEAI Energy Awards continue to “set the benchmark in energy best practice as exciting and innovative sustainable energy solutions and practices emerge.”
“I congratulate this year’s winners whose commitment and dedication are hugely inspiring,” he said.
“I encourage them to share their journeys and expertise so their efforts can be replicated as now more than ever, it is essential that we accelerate the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and increase sustainable energy practices across all sectors.”