Belfast Telegraph

LenisAer is flying high as ‘green’ project nets award

By Margaret Canning

An environmentally friendly method for manufacturing airline engine covers has won the top prize at the Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) CONNECT awards.

LenisAer, founded by a University of Ulster team, walked away with £10,000 from the technology entrepreneur awards.

The method aims to improve efficiency and reduce emissions, in keeping with strict regulatory targets and demands on the aviation industry to protect the environment.

Edel O’Neill from LenisAer said: “We are delighted to have been named winner of this year’s £25k awards.

“The assessment has been challenging and required huge commitment from the whole team but ultimately the whole process has been extremely rewarding and insightful.

“The awards have given LenisAer a fantastic opportunity to improve and polish our business concept — we have been exposed to some of Northern Ireland’s top venture capitalists and the advice we have received has been crucial in the development and commercialisation of our product.

“This is just the start for LenisAer as we look forward to investing the £10,000 prize fund into research and development in order to bring our idea — which started out at the University of Ulster — to the global aviation marketplace.”

Ms O’Neill accepted the prize with co-founders Michael Ludlow, Sean Nelson and Alan Leacock at the glittering awards ceremony at the Titanic Pumphouse on Thursday night.

They weren’t the only winners on the night as four category winners also pocketed cheques for £2,500 each.

An invention called MVR triumped in the hitech category for enabling large vocabulary speech recognition on devices like Smart phones.

In biotech, SmartAir Medical won for a monitor device which ensures drugs from asthma inhalers can be efficiently distributed in the lungs. LenisAer also won in the cleantech category while JellyFlug — a computer game which uses interactive technology to explain the lifespan of microscopic creatures in the kitchen — earned its cheque in the digital media category

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