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€1million energy research announced by Government

It’s hoped the contracts will help establish Ireland as a key location for the ‘green economy’.

Wind turbines in Wicklow
Wind turbines in Wicklow
Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

A STATE-SUPPORTED energy research centre has won €1million in high-tech contracts, the Government announced today.

The announcement comes as the Government seeks to position Ireland as a location for ‘smart’ and green technologies.

The International Energy Research Centre, located at Cork’s Tyndall Institute, will carry out research for four third-level institutions. One study will focus on using wireless networks to efficiently manage heating and ventilation, with another seeking to develop new storage heating solutions.

The contracts agreed by the centre, which is supported by the Department of Jobs and Innovation and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources  are valued in total at €1million.

Making the announcement, jobs minister Richard Bruton said Ireland had “excellent research strength” in green technology.” He added:

A key part of this Government’s plan to get out of this crisis and get jobs and growth back into the economy is to focus on sectors where as a country we have distinct advantages. The green economy clearly is one of these sectors.

Minister for Energy and Communications Pat Rabbitte said: “Energy is of  fundamental strategic importance to the economy and it is essential that we continue to invest in research to develop energy efficiency technologies.”

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