Services To Industry

Services To Industry

See below for ERI Services to Industry

Water Analysis and Environmental Monitoring

The Aquatic Services Unit (ASU) within the Environmental Research Institute undertakes environmental consultancy work and water analysis.  The Unit has a proven track record in laboratory analysis, environmental monitoring and environmental impact assessment specialising in projects dealing with the aquatic environment, in marine and transition waters, and its investigations also extend to the terrestrial sphere. Water quality impact studies and analysis in freshwater and marine waters are the core specialisations of the ASU.

The unit has developed a well-resourced, experienced and flexible field sampling capability, enabling prompt deployment anywhere in Ireland to collect water, sediment, soil, biological and other environmental samples.

Our analytical laboratory operates under a system of Good Laboratory Practice and has participated in an international Laboratory Proficiency Scheme (Aquacheck) since 1995. The unit has also developed close working links with a number of Irish and overseas approved laboratories for specialist analyses. For more information please visit

Materials Analysis (Glantreo)

Glantreo is a dynamic material science R&D company in the ERI Building since 2008. Glantreo’s vision is to develop and deliver innovative material science based technologies, processes, services and products that can be used by our customers and partners.  Be it either selling products or licensing technologies, we have a pragmatic approach to business.  Glantreo also provides a quality materials science analysis services to the environmental, pharma, bio pharma, medical device and food industries. Glantreo performs a wide range of Materials Science services. Common tests that we perform are.

Transmission Electron Microscopy

Scanning Electron Microscopy

Atomic Force Microscopy

Particle Characterisation

Powder X-Ray Diffraction

X-Ray Fluorescence

Surface Area

Pore Size Determination

Particle Size Distribution

IR Spectroscopy

Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP)

Differential Scanning Calorimetry

UV-Vis Spectroscopy

Inert Gas Fusion (IGF)


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Aquaculture and Fisheries

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Ocean Energy & Coastal Engineering Services

Ireland has the resources to be a world leader for wave energy device development.  The MaREI Centre has considerable expertise and a significant database in wave and tidal energy resource assessment.  The Centre has the only facilities for wave simulation in Ireland with a Wave Flume and Ocean Wave Basin.  The Centre has produced a test and evaluation protocol standard (703kB) that has been adopted worldwide as the gold standard to which all devices are tested.

MaREI offers independent advice and support to developers through model testing, concept design, computer modelling design performance validation, resource assessments and offshore data recording. The Centre has a team of electrical engineers working on all aspects of electrical generation, integration of renewable power sources including wind, wave and tidal, generator and controller performance assessment. The Centre also has a number of staff whose expertise in economic analysis and can assist with techno- economic modelling of wave and tidal projects to ensure that the projects make commercial sense, now and in the future. 

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Biogas and Biofuels

The Bioenergy and Biofuels research group operates a reactor lab for anaerobic digestion experiments and a chemical lab for analyses of biomass feedstock characteristics and process parameters. The lab equipment includes for:

  • Two number automated Biomethane potential test (BMP) systems each consisting of fifteen number 500-ml-reactors for analyses of potential gas production (methane or hydrogen) from diverse organic substrates by anaerobic digestion in batch mode. The output data is automatically sent to a server with bespoke software for analysis.
  • Twenty-eight number lab-scale Continuously stirred tank reactor (CSTR) systems at a scale of 5-L used for optimisation of operating parameters (hydraulic retention time, organic loading rate, process temperature, addition of trace elements, etc.) in continuous operation mode. All data is sent to a lap top with bespoke software for analyses of data.
  • A 100-L Continuously stirred tank reactor (CSTR) consisting of two 50 Litre reactors connected in sequence with automatic monitoring and downloadable data. This system is used for detailed investigation of optimum mixes at larger scale.
  • A 600-L Continuously stirred tank reactor (CSTR) consisting of two 300 Litre reactors connected in sequence with automatic monitoring and downloadable data. This system is used for detailed investigation of optimum mixes at larger scale.
  • Sequencing fed leach bed reactors complete with Upflow anaerobic sludge bed reactor (UASB). This includes six 17-L leach beds for hydrolysis of solids in a first stage, connected to a 36 L chamber for collection of leachate and a 36 L UASB for biomethanation of the leachate in a second stage.
  • Associated laboratory equipment including for drying oven and muffle furnace for total solid and volatile solid analyses, gas chromatography for biogas and reactor input/output analyses, titration system, photometry (cuvette test system), etc.

Environmental Microbial Studies

Microorganisms are widely used to produce low cost and environmentally sound solutions to many environmental challenges such as waste treatment and biodigestion, but are also used in harnessing some of their unique properties to produce novel metabolites or biotechnologically important products.  The ERI environmental biotechnology group has expertise in microbial metagenomics and in the use of microbes for bioremediation and wastewater treatment.  The group has access to a large platform of specialist equipment and extensive experience in working with industry. Areas of particular expertise include

  • Continuous culturing
  • New wastewater treatment reactor configurations
  • Pathogen identification and characterisation through DNA analysis
  • Genomic analysis

 For more information please contact Dr Niall O’Leary ( or Professor Alan Dobson (

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork