Cornwall start-up gets funding boost for ground-breaking asbestos technology

A business in Cornwall has received a £160,000 grant to kickstart research into a ground-breaking new technology to identify and analyse asbestos in materials.

Greenwall Environmental Innovation (Cornwall) Ltd, a research and development company in Truro, has received match funding from AeroSpace Cornwall to help develop its innovative Asbestoprobe. The product can be used to analyse asbestos content in structures in real time on-site, enabling fast decisions that could potentially affect public health and safety. It could impact across many industry sectors, where potential asbestos samples have to be sent to laboratories to determine asbestos content.

Asbestos is a particular issue for aviation, where older aircraft, facilities and buildings such as hangers can have a high risk of asbestos content.

Asbestoprobe is just one of many innovations currently driving Cornwall’s space and aerospace sectors, backed by R&D funding from the AeroSpace Cornwall programme. Aerospace Cornwall is a support and funding programme led by the Cornwall Development Company (CDC), and delivered in partnership with the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF).

Aerospace industry expert Peter Munro-Lott FRAeS from WEAF said: “AeroSpace Cornwall is offering finance and support to businesses that will equip Cornwall with the required skill set to be at the forefront of the space and aerospace industry in the UK – and there are many types of innovations which could be developed for use in these areas.

“Greenwall is a brilliant example of a business that has found a place for its product within space and aerospace, and is now utilising the R&D funding and support from AeroSpace Cornwall to turn its innovation into reality.”

Asbestoprobe founder, Mark Wilkes, added: “Receiving the grant funding from AeroSpace Cornwall has opened up markets for Asbestoprobe which will enable us to not only progress the development of this world-first product, but also give us access to a whole community of businesses innovating in this exciting sector.”

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