GSS Award In Parliament

Representatives from Glasgow’s Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd, visited Parliament on Thursday 27 November to pick up an Innovation Award at an exhibition led by Baroness Neville-Rolfe, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Innovation Award is from the Institute of Physics (IOP) for their creation of a low-powered, fast and wireless CO2 gas sensor.

Being adopted for uses in a wide range of industries, including the medical, horticultural and recreational industries, because of the increasing need to monitor CO2 levels for human health and environmental reasons, the company’s product range has found commercial success.

The wireless device has generated more than £1 million in profit and created a dozen jobs for the company since being introduced three years ago.

Dr Frances Saunders, President of IOP, said, “As we become more aware of the detrimental effect of CO2 emissions, it is excellent to see Gas Sensing Solutions using the latest advances in physics to satisfy both the societal and the market demand.”

Professor Des Gibson, Chairman and CEO of Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd, said, “The award is a tremendous endorsement of the outstanding physics innovation achieved by the company, highlighting the dedication and capabilities of our people and successful commercialisation into a unique product range now marketed worldwide.

“The company constantly strives for technical excellence, driven by our customer’s demanding needs for cost effective sensor solutions to meet current and emerging global market requirements.”

Before presenting the awards to representatives of the four winning companies, the IOP’s president, Frances Saunders, referred to the challenges that they had to face in taking an idea from the lab and turning it into something that people would want to buy. She said: “I think it is a tremendous achievement for these companies to have developed products that are innovative but also successful in terms of sales.”

Baroness Neville-Rolfe said she had been “utterly delighted” to have been given the intellectual property brief, because it was essential for the UK to make the most of its intellectual assets, of which physics was a key part. Underlining the importance of physics to the UK economy, she said the government recognised this and was soon to announce a new science and innovation strategy. Congratulating the four companies who were receiving awards, she said: “I think the winners tonight are wonderful.”

IOP’s Innovation Awards are a unique celebration of commercial success built on physics.

To find out more about how physics is driving economic growth across the UK, including a regional breakdown, see the Importance of Physics to Economic Growth document.