Wednesday, September 18 14:33:09
University College Dublin (UCD) has today announced the establishment of a new Energy Institute.
The Institute has attracted donor funding of E5m and substantial additional funding from industry. It was formally launched by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, at Government Buildings today.
The Institute will concentrate its research on Energy Systems Integration which provides the basis for enhanced energy performance, reduced cost and minimises environmental impact - a challenge across the world.
The Institute will partner in a major national initiative designed to produce a fully operational Smart Grid Network Test Bed in close collaboration with Ireland's electricity transmission and distribution system operators EirGrid and ESB Networks. The Test Bed will also provide opportunities for further collaboration with national and international companies in the energy sector and in the ICT sector. The integration of renewable energy to electricity grids is a strategically important research area for Ireland given its wealth of renewable energy resources and Ireland's electricity grid is uniquely positioned to be utilised as an international location for testing new technologies.
The new Institute will host over 200 world class energy researchers working in partnership with industry and the energy policy community and builds on prior research investments by SFI, EI, EU and importantly, industry in this area.
Dr. Hugh Brady, President, UCD said, "Energy research is a strategic priority for UCD and establishing the UCD Energy Institute reflects of our ongoing commitment to this important area. This is a highly competitive field internationally and we are proud of our research leaders who have built a strong reputation for research excellence on the world stage that can now realise benefits for Ireland."