An Irish technology company specialising in monitoring of drinking water, along with aquaculture and the environment, has appointed Colm Lynch as its new chief executive.
Aquamonitrix develops and sells “next generation” analysers for nitrite and nitrates, to prevent contamination of water.
It recently won the inaugural Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) “Aquatech Business of the Year” award.
Lynch has been chief operating officer with the company. A graduate of UCD and Trinity College, he has 25 years’ experience in the environment industry, and held senior roles in Irish Building Chemicals, Labscan and GKA Technologies before joining TE Laboratories as head of operations in 2018.
The company’s founder and current CEO Mark Bowkett will continue in a director role and will support Lynch on commercial activities.
Based in Tullow, Co Carlow, Aquamonitrix is a spin-off from oil and environmental analysis company TE Laboratories.
The company houses four laboratories and a R&D centre in a dedicated 40,000 square foot facility staffed by an expert, multi-disciplinary team in Tullow.
It currently employs over 50 people, most of whom are chemists, engineers or full-time researchers.
The analysers develop by the company deliver the accuracy of laboratory-based tests in real time on site, with high frequency monitoring and instant alerts for the protection of drinking water, aquaculture and the environment.
The analyser can also support controlling water aeration, helping reduce energy consumption and nitrous oxide (a greenhouse gas) emissions.
Recently Aquamonitrix confirmed that it had agreed a year-long nitrite and nitrate testing trial with Thames Water, Britain’s biggest water and sewerage company with around 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley.
“Organisations around the world have embraced the need for innovative technologies that provide opportunities for continuous emission reduction, and I am delighted to be working with a dedicated team bringing new products that will make a difference,” Lynch said.
“If successful, the implementation of our technology in the day to day operations of Thames Water operations could hugely reduce energy consumption and process emissions, and make a serious contribution towards emission reductions,” he said.