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€1m energy research projects approved under IERC

€1m energy research projects approved under IERC

€1m energy research projects approved under IERC

Pictured: Mick McKeever, DIT researcher, with Minister Richard Bruton, Minister Pat Rabbitte and Dominic O Sullivan, UCC researcher

Two projects focusing on energy efficiency and energy storage in commercial buildings have become the first to be approved as part of the Government-supported International Energy Research Centre.

Contracts valued at a total of €1m have now been agreed between the International Energy Research Centre and with NUI Galway, University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology and Dublin Institute of Technology.

One of the research projects will focus on using wireless networks to control and manage heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, while the second looks at redesigning and developing storage heating solutions.

Hosted by the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, the International Energy Research Centre is a collaboration between industry, various Government departments and agencies and leading Irish and international research groups. It is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, working with a coordinated agency project team of IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

The energy research agenda of the IERC is industry led. Companies involved include United Technologies, Bell Labs, HSG Zander and IBM together with Bord Gais Energy and Bord Gais Networks.

“Our strategy is to position Ireland as a leading edge location for developing integrated energy solutions where knowledge-intensive international and Irish companies along with leading research partners will develop innovative energy solutions for global markets,” said Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD.

“The projects announced today will complement existing world class energy research activities in Ireland including the internationally renowned smart grid and renewable energy integration research at the UCD Electricity Research Centre working in partnership with global companies as well as EirGrid and ESB Networks."

“The challenge for Ireland now is to ensure that the research is properly targeted at commercialisation and turning the research ideas into businesses and jobs,” said Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD.

“That is why this centre is led by top-end global and Irish companies operating in the energy field, and will enable them to collaborate with world-leading researchers and institutions in developing cutting-edge solutions. In the coming weeks the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs will target the green economy and will build on this good news with further changes to the Irish research sector to create more good ideas and ultimately good jobs”.