Redcar-based CatalySystems is using University expertise to improve ways of re-using waste water – benefiting the environment and saving money at the same time.
The expertise comes in the shape of graduate Sam Appleyard, who’s spending 6 months with the company, supported by an academic team. He’s developing lab-based analytical tools for photocatalysis processes, which destroy organic contaminants in waste water.
“The KEI scheme has really benefited myself, Sam and the company – I would recommend it and hopefully we can use it again in the future.”
Sam joined CatalySystems as part of a unique Teesside programme to help regional SMEs increase productivity and competitiveness. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the University’s Knowledge Exchange Internships (KEIs) offer companies a straightforward and affordable way of implementing business improvements.
Technical Director Neil Foster said, “having Sam on board has been excellent for the company – he’s been extremely enthusiastic and has come up with some innovative ideas and processes. He has also been able to run the laboratory, giving me more time to focus on the design of our products and introduce these to market.”
SMEs from sectors as diverse as cultural industries, logistics, environmental charities and manufacturing are taking advantage of the programme.