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Mathew Holloway

Mathew Holloway

Highly Commended Winner 2014
Q-Bot: Significantly Reducing the Cost of Insulating Buildings Using Robotic Solutions

Research Abstract

Q-Bot provides robotic services to the built environment that allow tasks to be carried out more easily, cheaply, safely and effectively than is currently possible with existing practices.  The patent-pending technology and process empowers operators, helping them to become more efficient and productive.  It enables construction companies to offer new services to clients and can help contractors swiftly improve the energy efficiency of buildings, reducing heating costs and making them more comfortable for occupants.

 

Q-Bot’s initial application is retrofitting insulation to UK buildings at a fraction of the current cost, with none of the hassle of traditional methods.  In this process, a robot intelligently applies insulation under floors, an environment which, until now, has been inaccessible for human operatives without prohibitive disruption and expense.

Winner's Bios

Mathew Holloway

Q-Bot Ltd., UK

Mathew is the Managing Director of Q-Bot where he leads the development and commercialisation of innovative robotics technologies for the construction industry.  He has 8 years previous experience as a founder of two previous high tech start-ups where he turned his ideas into desirable products, generating 7 and 8 figure turnovers. As well as a first class honours degree in innovation and engineering design from Bath University, Mathew has a joint masters (MA and MSc) in engineering and design from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College.  His technical background includes electrical and mechanical engineering, innovation mechanisms, intellectual property, industrial design, controls and programming (vision, analytics and interfaces).

Thomas Lipinski

Q-Bot Ltd., UK

Tom is a founder director of Q-Bot, the company using robots to conduct easy, cost effective and non-intrusive retrofitting.  He has been involved with energy efficiency and retrofitting for years, not only researching and writing papers but also designing and developing products and systems that can better address the needs of existing homes.  In his earlier career he won numerous architecture, design and innovation awards, including two from CIOB, as well as competitive innovation-led projects such as Retrofit for the Future or Energy Efficient Whitehall.

 

Judge's comments

“Q-Bot’s innovative robotic solution recognises the need for a non-intrusive method of improving under-floor insulation in existing properties.  It is an exciting and innovative product which has great potential for improving the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock.  The panel has high expectations for the Q-Bot’s future development.”