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28 October 2013

Acoustic Sensing trials SewerBatt in Australia

“Innovative businesses like Acoustic are making a real difference to the energy and environmental sector."


Daresbury-based, Acoustic Sensing Technology (UK) Ltd has undertaken Australian trials of its innovative product, 'SewerBatt', a low cost acoustic technology product which assesses the condition of sewer pipes. 

The trials, which took place this summer, involved ten Australian water authorities, and were carried out to consider whether the technology could be used to proactively manage sewers across Australia.

The University of Bradford spinout, Acoustic Sensing Technology developed SewerBatt as an acoustic method for pre-screening and quickly detecting sewer faults.

The innovative technology works within minutes and only requires access through a single point in the pipe, allowing the user to quickly and accurately measure the acoustic signature of the pipe. The signature is then electronically compared to a library of defects to determine the severity and location of each defect. Traditionally, CCTV has been used for the same purpose, however this can be costly, time consuming and difficult to operate. 

In spring 2013, the company secured a £650,000 equity investment from The North West Fund for Energy & Environmental, which is managed by 350 Investment Partners. The investment was initially used to bring the product to market and since launch the company has been focusing on selling SewerBatt to water companies and contractors in developed parts of the world such as Europe, Australia and America.

The firm's chief executive Nick Hawkins continues to work closely with the team at The North West Fund, he said, "It has been a pleasure working with The Fund, the team has been incredibly supportive and we are already pleased with the company's growth.

"The funding has helped us to refine our existing product and launch it successfully. We are looking forward to bringing more, new and innovative products to market in the acoustic, water and technology fields." 

Michael Bakewell, investment manager at 350 Investment Partners, joined the company's board as a non-executive director, he said, "The SewerBatt is already proving to be beneficial to water companies here in the UK and the trials in Australia will hopefully lead to further sales and export opportunities for the company.

"Innovative businesses like Acoustic are making a real difference to the energy and environmental sector and we are incredibly proud to be able to support them in achieving their growth plans."  


For more information about how you may be able to access finance for your energy and environmental business please visit: http://www.thenorthwestfund.co.uk/funds/energy-environmental

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