Research & Development

Since 2010, when the R&D Department was established, Research and Development has played an important role in Tellab, with innovation, an integral part of activity in all divisions:

  • Accredited environmental laboratories specialising in water and waste water analysis
  • Machine care and Transformer oil analysis
  • Chemical and reagent manufacture
  • Analytical and Mechanical training
  • Dedicated R&D laboratories

Completed Projects

Ongoing Projects

Product Development



Trend Institute

What we do

The R&D department has many functions including:

  • The identification of new internal or external projects for company participation
  • The submission of project proposals to national, European and international funding bodies
  • The coordination and management of ongoing R&D projects
  • Research activities to supplement existing divisions to produce new products for commercialization. These internal projects involve staff from all departments and include new method development.

These functions now take place under the newly established Trend Institute.

TelLab has seen the R&D Department grow rapidly in the past few years and we now have 6 full-time researchers employed. The Department has been intensely active in the research area for the past 6 years and has strong expertise in the areas of project coordination, dissemination and exploitation. 

TelLab have been involved in many Irish State, European, QUESTOR and cross-border projects (i.e. Ireland and Northern-Ireland) and UK funded projects, as well as EU funded FP7/H2020 projects; most of the projects are related to environmental monitoring, with an emphasis on water sensor technology. To date, we have been / are involved in 8 EU-funded FP7 projects and 3 H2020 projects.

As a partner in EU projects we can offer the following capabilities:

  • Production of reagents for the project if necessary
  • ISO17025 accredited laboratory for analysis of environmental samples
  • Access to ICP-MS, ICP-OES, GC-MS, HPLC, IC, AAS, GC-FID, Kjeldahl systems, redox, UV-vis and IR
  • Access to field sites across Ireland and associated field data due to TelLab’s contacts in Regulatory and Local Authorities.
  • Extensive range of measuring devices, field sampling equipment and monitoring apparatus for field studies.
  • Access to Reference Environmental Samples
  • Access to a range of passive sampling devices for water or air analysis.

The above technical ability allows Tellab to perform method validation and to compare it to conventional techniques.

  • Dissemination and Exploitation of project outputs

  • IP Management

  • Commercialisation and Marketing Strategy (if applicable)

  • Commercial upscaling

Due to our commitment to research, we have developed strong working relationships with a national and European network of research institutes and other companies large and small that are interested in research. These include Lancaster University (UK), DCU Water Institute (Ireland), CSIC (Spain), NUI Galway (Ireland), Teagasc (Ireland), Wellness Telecom (Spain), Curie Institute (France), Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands).

As a testament to these strong relationships, over 25 scientists with diverse levels of experience: graduates, early stage researchers, MScs, PhDs and Post docs have been involved in progressing Tellab’s various and innovative projects to completion.

The R&D Department attends and presents at many national, European and international Trade shows, conferences and networking events, e.g. Sensors for Water Interest Group conferences, Oceanology International, Environ 2016. This is a key part of our activity to ensure that the R&D Department is aware of current innovation while at the same time, promoting TelLab’s own R&D accomplishments.

If you have any queries regarding any of our projects, please contact Sandra in our Research Office: or +353 59 91 49092.

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