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DIT Hothouse invention wins award at Ploughing Championships

Posted: 20 September, 2017

Inventor Thomas Woolmington backed by DIT Hothouse has won 'Best Innovation Award for Research Emerging from Third Level Education'

DIT inventor Thomas Woolmington and DIT Hothouse were awarded the Best Innovation Award for Research Emerging from Third Level Education at this year's National Ploughing Championships for his practical invention 'The Slurry Solver', which beat stiff competition from other Enterprise Ireland competitors at the Irish Farmers Journal Innovation Arena.

A delighted Thomas Woolmington said: “It was a real honour to be involved in these awards, let alone win the Best Innovation Award for Research Emerging from Third Level Education. I enjoyed the whole process from start to finish.”

Paul Maguire, Senior Innovation Portfolio Manager at DIT Hothouse, said, “This award acknowledges the high quality technology emerging from Dublin Institute of Technology and in this case from Thomas Woolmington. These awards truly recognise and credit the contribution that DIT  technology can make to farming and the agricultural sector in Ireland.”

Explaining the winning technology, Licencing Executive at DIT Hothouse Kieran O’Connell said, "This new technology, "The Slurry Solver’ offers a low-cost approach for cattle farmers to improve vital health and safety around slurry tanks, capturing and using renewable energy to improve the quality and lessen the environmental impact of slurry on farms. It's a great example of how innovation in agriculture technology is not just limited to universities and colleges in a rural heartland but is very much to the fore in research and innovation in Dublin Institute of Technology as well.”

Kieran O'Connell add that DIT is actively seeking an established industry player to assist in bringing 'The Slurry Solver' to market and anyone interested should contact him directly at or on +353 1 402 7179.

 Editor's Notes:

About The National Ploughing Championships Innovation Arena Awards

The 2017 National Ploughing Championships Innovation Arena prize fund equates to over €80,000 in supports - up €15,000 when compared to last year’s competition.  The overall award winner will receive a top prize worth €15,000 from Enterprise Ireland and The Irish Farmers Journal, which includes advertising and PR support, mentoring and a cash prize of €5,000.

About The Inventor, Thomas Woolmington, DIT

Thomas is a Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in DIT, and a researcher in the Dublin Energy Lab.  He grew up in a rural setting in County Wicklow, and as a teenager worked on a significant number of dairy, beef and sheep farms.  After his Leaving Certificate, he initially chose an electrical apprenticeship rather than a formal degree, because of its applied nature.   Thomas focuses on new industrial technology projects particularly in the Energy Management, Electrical Safety, Wind Energy and Agriculture Foods sectors. He attributes his numerous publications, patent applications and a significant amount of Invention Disclosures to his work in DIT.

About DIT Hothouse

DIT Hothouse is Ireland’s top performing Knowledge Transfer Office, working at the forefront of commercialising Dublin Institute of Technology research to Irish-based companies. DIT Hothouse Alumni have raised over €195 million in Equity Investment and created more than 1,700 High Tech jobs in 400 sustainable businesses. As well as this, DIT Hothouse have created 36 spinouts, completed 139 Licence Agreements, launched 30 new products, completed 85 patent filings and 441 qualified inventions.

Contact Details

Kieran O’ Connell, Licensing Executive, DIT Hothouse

Thomas Woolmington, Dublin Institute of Technology

Linda Moloney, Marketing Manager, DIT Hothouse