In­ven­tor of St­ingray lice laser award fi­nal­ist

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THE cre­ator of the St­ingray sea lice laser has been named as a fi­nal­ist in the Euro­pean In­ven­tor of the Year award.

Nor­we­gian Eb­sen Beck is one of 15 on a short­list se­lected by the Euro­pean Patent Of­fice to go for­ward to the con­test in Vi­enna on June 20. He is also just one of three con­test­ing the small and medium busi­ness sec­tion.

The St­ingray is a submersibl­e ro­bot that tracks its sur­round­ings and emits a pow­er­ful green laser beam in the di­rec­tion of its tar­get.

On-board com­put­ers use stereo­scopic cam­eras and im­age recog­ni­tion soft­ware to scan nearby fish and pin­point sea lice on their bod­ies in just seven mil­lisec­onds.

The St­ingray then locks its laser beam on to the par­a­site and fires a short pulse of in­tense green light. The 532-nanome­ter-wave­length laser is lethal to the sea lice but re­flects off the salmon’s shiny scales.

The St­ingray can op­er­ate around the clock, killing tens of thou­sands of sea lice each day, claims its man­u­fac­turer, St­ingray Marine So­lu­tions.

The com­pany, through which Beck pa­tented and com­mer­cialised the tech­nol­ogy, has cre­ated 50 new jobs in Nor­way and posted an an­nual turnover of nearly € 10 mil­lion in 2018.

The 2019 fi­nal­ists in the Euro­pean awards come from 12 coun­tries and their in­ven­tions cover a range of fields.

Above: Eb­sen Beck

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