A GMIT Engineering student’s prototype of a water surface waste cleaner which can be used to safeguard against ecological degradation has won him Engineers Ireland West Project Award at the annual GMIT Mechanical and Industrial Student Expo (2021).
Cian Dalton from Claregalway, was declared the overall Mechanical and Industrial departmental winner for his project titled “The Design and Development of a Waste Removal Robot for Marine Waters and Rivers.”
Research has shown that only 8% of Irish beaches and harbour rivers are deemed to be clean, and Irish fishermen have hauled over 190 tonnes of litter in the last 3 years. For his project, Cian designed a novel robot to remove litter from water. The prototype is fully operational and Bluetooth compatible.
His winning project has gained him direct entry into the Engineers Ireland - Innovative Student of the Year competition.