UK uni helps to develop pioneering sensor technology

Posted on 26 Sep 2017 by Jonny Williamson

Corrosion control specialists, Hevasure, has partnered with The University of Derby to take its monitoring technology to the next level after receiving a grant award from Innovate UK.

Steve Munn, managing director at Hevasure – image courtesy of Hevasure

The collaborative Innovate UK funded project will develop a new cost-effective sensor technology capable of measuring the corrosion rates of a range of metals.

Evaluation of the new sensors will take place at Hevasure’s in-house laboratory in Darley Dale, as well as at client sites.

Steve Munn, managing director at Hevasure, said: “We are delighted that this highly practical industry/academic collaboration with the world-class team at the University of Derby, will enable us to maintain our market leadership in the continuous remote monitoring of heating and cooling systems.”

Hevasure’s unique continuous-monitoring technology already significantly reduces the risks associated with energy-sapping corrosion in the water systems of large buildings, but lower-cost sensors will extend the benefits to many more applications.

The company’s technology deploys up to eight high-quality sensors to monitor everything from dissolved oxygen and pressure through to dosing levels and flow rates. This enables building heating and cooling systems to be maintained in peak condition at all times for maximum energy efficiency and minimum risk of failure.

The University of Derby consultancy team will be led by Dr Ahmad Kharaz, a specialist in sensor technology, at the University’s College of Engineering and Technology. The project aims to be completed by October 2018.

Helen Harrison, knowledge exchange manager at the University added: “We are very pleased to support Hevasure with this project through the expertise within the University.

“Hevasure’s product has the potential to make improvements to many other systems and we are excited about what this step forward in technology could do to accelerate the businesses growth and launch it into a much wider market.”