Renewable Engine is an exciting €6.1m cross-border Research & Innovation project aimed at facilitating direct knowledge transfer and technology development within the Advanced Manufacturing and Renewable Energy sectors. Research themes focus on Energy Generation, Energy Storage and enabling technologies, including Industry 4.0 and Augmented Reality. Renewable Engine involves an internationally recognised cross-border research super-cluster involving four research institutes. Led by South West College, Renewable Engine operates across a network of research institutes including Queen’s University Belfast, Institute of Technology Sligo and the University of Strathclyde’s High-Value Manufacturing Catapult. The project delivers dedicated research support to industry through 12 PhD researchers and a further 4 postdoctoral researchers, bridging the “innovation gap” typically observed between academic and commercial entities.
The project exists across the eligible region of Northern Ireland, Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland and is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), with match funding provided by the Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland) and Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Republic of Ireland). The €283m INTERREG VA Programme is one of 60 similar funding programmes across the European Union that have been designed to help overcome the issues that arise from the existence of a border. These issues range from access to transport, health and social care services, environmental issues and enterprise development. Since 1991 the INTERREG Programme has brought in approximately €1.13 billion into the region. This funding has been used to finance thousands of projects that support strategic cross-border co-operation in order to create a more prosperous and sustainable region.
Renewable Engine Specific Objectives
Develop an internationally recognised cross-border research super-cluster in Renewable Energy and Advanced Manufacturing technologies.
Facilitate direct knowledge transfer, technology development and innovation within the Renewable Energy Sector through the provision of R&I support and technology development grants to industry partners.
Develop a novel programme of applied industrial research, based on identified industry need, at PhD level and above.
Co-ordinate an international board of renewable energy stakeholders to drive innovative forward-looking applied industrial research and initiate policy dialogue.
Increase knowledge and awareness, within industry in the cross-border region, of the Research & Innovation infrastructure in the Renewable Energy sector.
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Round 2 Grant Award Funding Call Open for Renewable Engine Industry Partners
Renewable Engine has officially opened the call for the second round of grant award funding for industry partners who are actively involved in collaborative partnerships with the project research institutions. Industry partners that are part of the Renewable Engine Project are eligible to progress to receive financial support provided through the project grants via a … Continued
Renewable Engine PhD Researcher Presents at the Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium
Zara Shiels, PhD student at South West College, has presented her work at the Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium held at TU Dublin. Zara’s work is focused on the ionic liquid-assisted synthesis of nanocatalysts for the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) to hydrocarbons. Working alongside academics at both South West College and Queen’s University … Continued
Renewable Engine at All-Energy 2019
Renewable Engine has exhibited and presented at the newly launched Research Hub at All-Energy within the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, Scotland. The Research Hub has been developed to showcase some of the high-level research & innovation projects that are being carried out in the Renewable Energy sector across the UK and Ireland. Renewable … Continued
Award for Renewable Engine PhD Researcher at Environ 2019
Renewable Engine PhD Researcher Sean O’Connor has been awarded the ESAI Best Poster Presentation prize at Environ 2019. Sean, a researcher at the Institute of Technology Sligo and working alongside Organic Power in Northern Ireland, is focusing his work on the development of novel anaerobic digestion technology. Sean’s research centres on the area of small-scale … Continued
Renewable Engine in Pittsburgh USA
A cohort of staff from the Renewable Engine project has spent a week visiting Pittsburgh, USA, with the aim of developing relationships, identifying opportunities for collaboration and speaking at the renowned Energy Week held at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr Alistair Quinn, Dr John Harrison (both South West College), Prof Suresh Pillai (IT Sligo), Dr Mark … Continued
World Sustainable Energy Days 2019
Dr Ehiaze Ehimen, Research & Innovation Co-ordinator at IT Sligo with the Renewable Engine project, has presented a paper on small-scale anaerobic digestion (SSAD) at the World Sustainability Energy Days (WSED) conference, held in Wels, Austria. The WSED conference connects people from business, the public sector and research and empowers them to embrace a cultural … Continued
National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference 2019
Renewable Engine had a successful day at the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference held in Dublin, Ireland. Dr Alistair Quinn, Programme Manager at South West College, presented the project to the audience at the co-located National Sustainability Summit. He was able to give an academic perspective to collaborating with industry through Renewable Engine and … Continued