No 8. February 2013

Greenhouse Gas Analyzer for World Market

A partnership between Ecotech and the University of Wollongong will see the world's first comprehensive greenhouse gas analyzer manufactured in Australia for the world market.

The Spectronus gives a precise real time analysis of all the principal greenhouse gases, and its capabilities are unmatched by competitors, says the latest Australian Innovation System Report for 2012.

The instrument was developed by researchers at the School of Chemistry in the University of Wollongong in 2002, and is used by Australian governments such as the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, and the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation.

Overseas it is used by governments and universities in Germany, France, Finland, China, South Korea and New Zealand.

"To meet growing demand, Ecotech will manufacture the analyzer in Australia and distribute it via its worldwide network under a licensing agreement with the University of Wollongong," says the Australian Innovation System Report.

"Worldwide, there is an increasing need for governments to accurately measure greenhouse gases in their environments," it says.

University of Wollongong commercialization manager Gavin Dixon was quoted in The Fifth Estate: "When we started in 2002 the market was probably 20 organizations, now the market has expanded to 300 to 400 around the world."

The Spectronus greenhouse gas analyzer.

"Policy decisions based on climate change research demand precise, highly accurate and repeatable data for all greenhouse gases, not just CO2," said professor David Griffith, Head of the University's Research Team. The Spectronus enables other gases such as methane, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, and water vapour to be measured simultaneously and accurately for the first time.

A major benefit is the instrument's long term stability without the need for frequent calibration, said Ecotech's managing director, Nicholas Dal Sasso. The Spectronus is fully automated and can be controlled remotely.

Ecotech is a specialist manufacturer of environmental monitoring instruments and has been operating for 35 years.

It recently became the distributor in Australia and New Zealand for Austrian company IONICON Analytik's proton transfer reaction mass spectrometer systems for measuring volatile organic compounds.

Last spring it acquired the Chemistry and Environmental business of power and transport giant Alstom SA of France. Ecotech said it adds to its 2010 purchase of Datamasters Pty Ltd, a manufacturer of dust monitoring instruments for the mining industry.

Ecotech was founded by Robert Dal Sasso in a small garage workshop to repair air quality analyzers, and has grown into a global supplier of its own environmental monitoring systems with customers in 70 countries. It has over 100 staff and annual revenue of $25 million.





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