DTE (, a leader in real-time and AI-based predictive metals analytics and intelligence for industry, announced today that it is the recipient of a €2.4 million grant award from the European Innovation Council, with a recommended further equity investment of up to €7 million that can be applied for through the EIC Fund. The fund, created by the European Commission in 2020, aims to provide direct equity investments in breakthrough innovation companies and offer the opportunity for other private investors to co-fund such highly innovative companies. The EIC award builds on a prior EU funding of €1.4 Million as a Horizon 2020 award received by DTE in 2018.

“We are delighted to have been selected to receive this award from the European Innovation Council,” commented Diego Areces, CEO of DTE, “The EIC’s expert assessment process further validates and endorses the huge potential of IREAS, our metals analytics and intelligence solution both to add value and improve the sustainability of the metals industry. Today, producers and manufacturers are stuck with outdated methods for measuring and incorporating analysis of metals which hinders their process control and ultimately, ability to innovate. Our first-in-industry solution generates real time compositional data and intelligent process decision support from liquid metals, contributing to EU competitiveness, accelerating materials innovation, and helping energy intensive industries to decarbonize. This grant will enable us to advance our solution for aluminium smelter potrooms where we have already demonstrated the ability enhance predictive maintenance, with the potential to save billions of dollars per year in avoidable costs.”

IREAS™, DTE’s Intelligent Real-Time Elemental Analysis System is the first on-market solution replacing manual sampling of cooled solid samples with autonomous reference grade composi-tional analytics in real time from high temperature metal. Based on DTE’s proprietary LB-LIBS™ technology, IREAS uses laser induced breakdown spectroscopy to reads the precise composition of the liquid metal surface. It reduces the wait time for compositional data from hours to seconds, enabling this data to be incorporated in real time and predictive process control, while improving the safety of human operators by distancing them from the hot metal.


About DTE

DTE, Unlocking the Future of Metals™, is the leading innovator in real-time intelligence from liquid metals, serving customers across the metals production and manufacturing value chain through maximizing value, sustainability, safety, and efficiency for all stakeholders.

Our purpose is advancing human progress with greener, safer, more efficient, and more valuable metals, contributing to the 1.5-degree challenge while driving its digital transformation towards Industry 4.0 with the next generation of IIoT analysis technology. DTE provides tangible financial and environmental business outcomes from the plant floor to the business levels through valuable intelligence and predictive insights from liquid metals.

IREAS™, DTE’s unique, connected, real-time intelligence from liquid metals solution seamlessly integrates IT and OT, combining chemical composition analysis from molten metals based on liquid-phase laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LP-LIBS™) with an artificial intelligence-based analytics platform and digital metals intelligence services.

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About the European Innovation Council (EIC)

The EIC is Europe’s flagship innovation programme to identify, develop and scale up break-through technologies and game changing innovations. The European Innovation Council (EIC) has been established under the EU Horizon Europe programme. It has a budget of €10.1 billion to support game changing innovations throughout the lifecycle, from early-stage research to proof of concept, technology transfer, and the financing and scale up of start-ups and SMEs. The strategy and implementation of the EIC is steered by the EIC Board, which has independent members appointed from the world of innovation (entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, corporates and others from the innovation ecosystem). The EIC takes a proactive approach to managing funding under the leadership of EIC Programme Managers who develop visions for innovation and technology breakthroughs and steer portfolios of projects to achieve these goals.

A unique feature of the EIC is that it provides funding for individual companies through both grants and investments, which currently take the form of direct equity or quasi-equity investments and are managed by the EIC Fund.

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Contact Information

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Diego Areces, CEO
Tel: (+354) 698 0173