€2 million research fund available for sustainable energy research projects in 2017

- Priority areas include energy efficiency, citizen engagement and energy storage -

Media release

15th December 2016

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced a doubling of its Energy Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) fund for next year to €2 million. The fund is open to Irish researchers in industry and academia to support sustainable energy research into new market solutions which overcome various barriers in the move to a secure, clean energy future. Priority areas include energy efficiency, citizen engagement and energy storage with the programme open to a wide range of proposal types – including technology RD&D, field research, and feasibility studies.

Commenting on the funding available Dr Eimear Cotter, Head of Low Carbon Technologies with SEAI said: “SEAI welcomes the decision by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to double the RD&D fund to €2 million. This comes on foot of a heavily oversubscribed programme in 2016 with high quality applications across a broad range of sustainable energy research and development. This is a really strong indicator of the vibrancy of Ireland’s energy research environment across academia and industry.”

The 2016 research programme is currently drawing to a close and is providing valuable outputs, enhancing the evidence-base in areas such as community energy project models; solar energy; land-use planning and energy infrastructure; bioenergy and geospatial energy datasets.

Dr Cotter continued: “SEAI is committed to supporting the research community and also building capacity to enable Irish researchers to compete for European research funds through Horizon 2020. Irish researchers have already drawn down €27m in funding in energy-related research under Horizon 2020, for which SEAI is the National Delegate. We expect this success to continue for the duration of the project.”

Since 2002 SEAI has provided €26 million funding through its Energy RD&D programme.  Recent projects supported include:

  • NovoGrid have developed an intelligent control system that enables PV solar generators to deliver more energy by minimising thermal impacts on the electrical distribution network.
  • NVP Energy is developing an innovative wastewater treatment technology. Funding was provided to validate NVP Energy’s low temperature Anaerobic Digestion technology at full scale to ensure the technology meets expected treatment levels, as seen in pilot studies.
  • South Dublin County Council were funded to develop an 'Energy Masterplan' for Clonburris in Dublin, offering the potential to support cost-competitive low carbon heat and electricity alternatives that can be mirrored by other Councils around Ireland.
  • Terrag GeoServ Ltd are developing a hybrid ground source and solar thermal system for the Irish market. Funding was provided to develop the system which will introduce a cost competitive alternative to the Irish ground source heat pump market, with greater long term performance and improved operating costs.

Summaries of the 2016 projects funded under  the 2016 programme are available on the SEAI website with final project reports submitted to date. Click here to find out more.

 

ENDS

For further information contact

Luke McDonnell, Drury Porter Novelli

luke.mcdonnell@drurypn.ie

01 260 5000

NOTES TO EDITORS

About SEAI

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. SEAI is partly financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.

The Sustainable Energy Research, Development & Demonstration (RD&D) programme

The Sustainable Energy RD&D programme aims to improve the coherence of Irish energy research and development, building a cleaner and more secure energy future, while enhancing our knowledge economy. The RD&D programme does this by:

  • Accelerating the development and deployment in the Irish marketplace of competitive products, processes and systems
  • Supporting solutions that enable technical and other barriers to market uptake to be overcome
  • Growing Ireland's national capacity to access, develop and apply international class RD&D
  • Providing guidance and support to policy makers and public bodies through results, outcomes and learning from supported projects

Priorities for 2017 include:

  • Renewable Electricity and Micro Generation (for all renewables)
  • Distributed/ Local Decarbonisation of Energy Supply to Industry
  • Smart Grid and Energy Storage
  • Community Energy Project Models and Structures
  • Bioenergy and Renewable Heat
  • Geospatial Energy Datasets
  • Behavioural Economics/ Behaviour Change in Energy
  • Building Retrofit
 
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