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Minister Denis Naughten announces €8 million for innovative Energy Research Projects

10th September 2018


The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D., is pleased to announce the allocation of €8 million in Government funding for 45 innovative and varied Energy Research Projects across Ireland.


The Energy Research Projects aim to develop solutions that will deliver cleaner energy in our homes, businesses and communities. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), is responsible for awarding and administering the fund to companies and research institutions nationwide.


Minister Denis Naughten said: "Research and innovation are central pillars of the Government's National Energy and Climate Plan. I have secured increased levels of funding for investment in energy research but I am determined to see this fund grow significantly in the coming years. This type of government funding significantly helps businesses and research institutions in the energy sector in Ireland to conduct world class research that will create jobs, build capacity and support innovation in clean energy.  I want to congratulate the teams behind the successful projects and I am looking forward to seeing their findings in due course."


The 2018 Awarded Energy Research Projects are:


Project TitleLead Organisation
Agri Bio Circular Economy (ABC Economy)UCD
CAO IRL  Coupled Atmosphere Ocean Wave Forecasts for IrelandNUIG
Mitigation of Air Pollution Impacts of Irish Heavy Duty Vehicles (MAP-HDV)TCD
DiSTRaCT: moDal ShifT Reduce Carbon in TransportTCD
Low Cost Monitoring and Control of Small Scale RenewablesElectricity Exchange DAC.
Urban Building Energy ModelUCD
Dublin Region Energy MasterplanCODEMA
Brightwind I-SEM ForecastBrightwind Limited
BIO-RPISM: biofuel production, digestate purification and CO2 sequestration with highly productive auto-floating microalgae technologyNUIG
Reducing Energy Consumption in Air Filtration Systems (RECAFS)TCD
AgrigasGridRenewable Gas Forum Ireland
Agricultural Energy Optimisation Platform (AEOP)CIT
Assessment of VentilAtion effectiveness via a Longitudinal indoor environmental study in 'A' rated Irish Dwellings: VALIDateNUIG
GEBTechTM (Green Energy Boosting Technology): A novel treatment for farm slurries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to generate energyWestway Health
Slurres PilotUL
Building Upon Ireland's National Renovation StrategyIrish Green Building Council
Robust Real-Time Wind Power Prediction and Early, Accurate Estimation of Downtime for Irish Wind Farms in an Integrated Single Electricity Market (Wind-PEarlAED)UCD
Retrokit 2.0 - A Cloud-Based Project Planning and Implementation Toolkit to Foster the Uptake of Deep Energy Retrofit in Housing.XD Sustainable Energy Consulting Ltd
Exploration of Air Source Heat Pumps for Ireland's Residential Heating NeedsUCD
Fundamental Information for Technology Commercialisation of Lignocellulosic Waste to Liquid Transportation Fuels by Acid HydrolysisTCD
Quantifying Light Loss across Ireland and Identifying Patterns of Energy UseTCD
The Aeration In-Use Factor: The in-use aeration energy efficiency of two technologies in the wastewater treatment industryNUIG
Enhanced Controllers to Improve Wind Farm EfficiencyTCD
Using Surplus Energy to generate Hydrogen; (USE H2)DCU
EnergyPOLITIES: Politico-institutional framing of collective engagements with the energy systemUCC
Digi BlocksCIT
Next generation modular energy generating greenhouse (NGMEGG)NUIG
Using blockchains to facilitate renewable power generation: forecasting, hedging and tokenisation applicationsUCD
Biomass Practitioners RegisterIrBEA
Indoor air quality, ventilation and occupant comfort in Irish domestic dwelling's pre and post Deep Energy renovationsNUIG
Exergyn Heat PumpExergyn
Enhancement of Inertial Stabilisation of the Electricity Grid using Local Electrochemical Processes for Load LevellingUL
Co-investTipperary Energy Agency
The True Cost of the Energy – Water Nexus in Manufacturing.Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR)
Assessment Methodology Building Energy Ratings (AMBER)IES R&D
FactHP - In Use Factors for Heat Pumps and other energy technologies in Residential BuildingsLIT
Role of Heterogenous Energy Storage in Paris Aligned Scenarios for the Irish Energy SystemDCU
Energy Renovation of Traditional Buildings – CPD roll-outThe Heritage Council
Trinity Smart GridTCD
Dundalk Virtual Energy Microgrid (DVEM)Dundalk IT
FREMI (Forecasting Renewable Energy with Machine Intelligence)SSE Airtricity
Continuous Commissioning to Create High Performance BuildingsInferrit Limited
Identifying the relative and combined impact and importance of a range of curtailment mitigation options on high RES-E systems in 2030 & 2040Mullan Grid Consulting
Support tools for community renewable energyMaREI, UCC






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