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Innovation has always been central to ERS’ work. Now as an employee-owned company, ERS set up a cross disciplinary internal team dedicated to recognising and fostering innovation across all areas of the business. 


ERS innovates by solving complex client problems, improving on our internal processes and thereby bringing efficiencies as well as striving to push boundaries with industry leading research achieved both independently and through collaboration with academia. 



To help us innovate, we: 


  • Host regular staff seminars to disseminate information to staff on the various projects underway, the difficulties faced, and how they were approached and solved.


  • Encourage staff involvement in all type of projects within the company so that fresh eyes can look at client and company problems.


  • Employ highly qualified staff experienced in designing and delivering research and development 


  • Continually invest in our laboratory and pilot trial facilities at our head office in Glasgow 


  • Host UK and international students on industrial placements 


  • Collaborate with the UK’s top universities 



Recent examples of innovative projects include: 

  • Electronic data recording: In 2018 ERS introduced field logging software / hardware to allow our field geologists and scientists to record site investigation data electronically. Data is stored directly to a cloud database and enables data to be issued to clients whilst geologists are still onsite. Since then, we have also replaced all our gas monitoring instruments to allow electronic recording of data and move towards fully paperless site operation. 


  • Molecular biology capability: in 2018 ERS developed its treatability laboratory to include quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) testing capability to support bioremediation projects.  Find out more on our Laboratory Technologies page.


  • In-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) treatability testing: in 2019, ERS hosted an undergraduate student from Glasgow University to work on a research project focused on laboratory treatability testing and assessment of activation methods in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO). Through the project we developed a novel assay for treatability testing based on measurement of carbon dioxide, which is now applied as required to commercial chemical oxidation projects. 


  • Novel process to separate plastic contamination from seaweed: in 2020 ERS developed a process that is effective at separating plastic from seaweed (patent pending, ref GB2015205.4).  The project was partly funded by Zero Waste Scotland. We are now working towards scaling up of the process. 


If you would like to know more about our problem-solving innovations or collaborate with us in our industry leading research, contact us to speak to a member of our Technical Team.