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€6.1m Cross-Border Supercluster to ‘Power’ Renewable Energy

Major four-year research project aims to ramp up the commercialisation of new products and processes across the renewable energy sector

‘Renewable Engine’, a ground-breaking cross-border research and innovation ‘supercluster’ which will deliver focused research and innovation support to companies specialising in renewable energy and advanced manufacturing, was officially launched on Tuesday 28 November 2017.

Supported by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) as part of its INTEREG VA programme, the four-year ‘Renewable Engine’ project will see companies such as Kingspan, CDEnviro, Organic Power and Doosan Babcock paired with 12 specialist PhD researchers.

The project’s unique industry-academic collaborative emphasis aims to spearhead innovation in the renewable energy sector by giving companies access to world class facilities and resources available through academic partners.

Of the €6.1m assigned to the pioneering project, €5.8m of the funding has come from SEUPB, with the remainder to be provided by the Department for the Economy NI and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland.

Education, training and professional support will be provided by the globally-recognised Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST) at South West College, the Polymer Processing Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, the Precision Engineering, Materials & Manufacturing Research Centre at IT Sligo and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult at the Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

For more information, please visit www.renewableengine.eu.