Irish energy research projects netted €18m from EU in last two years

30 Sep 2015

Research projects into energy in Ireland have secured €18m in EU funding since last year, across areas like storage, marine tech, smart grid, building efficiency and sustainable transport.

The SEAI today (30 September) released a report into the projects undertaken in Ireland in the past year, with the success putting future research projects in a prime position for some of the €6bn set aside for the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.

Some of the projects that bagged a slice of the funding include Maccsol (UL), which aims to develop new solar powerplant devices.

Horizon 2020, a diverse field

Marinet (SFI and UCC) is looking at offshore renewable energy projects, while Dibanet (UL) wants to work out how to integrate South American and EU biofuel plans.

Cores (UCC) is focused on ocean energy converters, with Tides (DP Energy Ireland) looking at, well, tides.

The Kap project (SAP in Germany, with an Irish partner) wants to deliver energy management standards for next-gen sustainable manufacturing.

Time to get your entries in

Dema (UL) has looked at “economically competitive technology for the direct production of bioethanol from microalgae by 2016” and Cooperate (Aachen University with Nimbus, UTC and Intel in Ireland) wants to develop a monitoring platform for neighbourhoods.

Buildsmart (Malmo, with Dublin City Council and Codema) is looking at new ways to manufacture buildings, with Campus (UCC) looking at how to make them energy efficient once created.

The Horizon 2020 two-year work programme for 2016-2017 was formally published last week by the European Commission with a call for topics open from 1 October 2015. So anyone looking to get in on the next year of funding, get thinking now.

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Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic