Irish inventors Rhona Togher and Eimear O’Carroll are the winners in the ‘SMEs’ category of the European Inventor Award 2023.
Selected from over 600 candidates, these inventors created an advanced acoustic material that reduces noise to address chronic sleep issues. The duo’s invention can be integrated into household appliances, as well as in the automotive, construction, and aerospace industries.
The took place in early July in the Spanish city of Valencia. Awards were presented to the winners of each of the five categories (Industry, Research, SMEs, Non-EPO countries, and Lifetime achievement), selected by an independent international jury.
In addition, the honours young innovators who have developed ingenious technological solutions in the area of sustainability. There is another Irish connection among its winners this year. Irish environmentalist Fionn Ferreira won third place in the Young Inventors Prize. Ferreira, a 22-year-old chemistry master's degree student and teaching assistant at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, created a way to remove microplastics from water using a unique mixture.