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Deep-sea coral

Monitoring system based on deep sea corals polyp activity. The idea behind PAMS, developed in IRIS’ Environmental laboratories, is to use the corals’ feeding behaviour (polyp movements) as part of the offshore industry’s environmental risk- and decision support systems for deep sea operations. A PCT- patent has now been filed for the Biosensor device, system and method for monitoring a deep-water sea-floor.
 (figure: IRIS PAMS)

Integration of environmental monitoring with risk assessment. IRIS Environment has been involved, for several years now, in the development of tools for environmental assessment of offshore discharges, including risk models and monitoring methods. These have become “North Sea standard” methods which all operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf use. One shortcoming has been a lack of integration of these prediction and monitoring tools. Via Norwegian Research Council and industry funded projects, we have been able to construct our ”biomarker bridges” in order to establish a more “integrated management system” for offshore discharges. The method will be applied for the first time in the “Water Column Monitoring” survey in 2017.

Bioproduction from gas fermentation is one of the strategic pillar of IRIS. C1 gas fermentation research has been a core activity for IRIS Environment since 2008. IRIS has further developed the Norferm C1 gas fermentation technology producing “bioprotein” for fish feed from methane gas. Since 2014, the technology has been owned by California-based Calysta Inc. Calysta opened a pilot plant at CPI in Teesside (UK) and in 2016 decided to build a full-sized industrial plant for FeedKind (Calysta’s trade name for bioprotein). IRIS has also been successful in commercialising gas based fermentation technology via Bioprotein AS (now part of Calysta). 
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Susanne Gitlesen
Senior Vice President IRIS Environment
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