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Renewable Engine PhD Researchers contribute to PPE Production

With a global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) to fight against COVID-19, a call for support was put out by Sligo University Hospital and the Health Service Executive Ireland. On responding to the request, a team of volunteers at the Institute of Technology Sligo set up a mini production line to manufacture face shields … Continued

Renewable Engine PhD Student Enhances Entrepreneurial Skills

Renewable Engine PhD student Zara Shiels recently enhanced her entrepreneurial skills and knowledge by completing a virtual ‘Science Entrepreneur Experience’ delivered by Spin Up Science in May 2020. Spin Up Science – who specialise in teaching PhD students and post-doctoral researchers the pathway to commercialising a research idea into a fully-fledged company – delivered the course … Continued

Could Polymer Foams Help in Solving the Global Energy Crisis?

Exciting research being conducted at QUB in collaboration with Kingspan Water & Energy aims to assist rotational moulders in the manufacturing of viable large-scale offshore wave energy generation devices.  By learning more about the development of polymer foams, it is hoped that larger, more robust, and complex structures could be manufactured using the process in … Continued

Understanding Composite Structures in Rotational Moulding

The race to find a new alternative to produce renewable energy has begun a long time ago, but limitations in the way we manufacture products affects the development of new prototypes.  Rotational moulding is the forgotten manufacturing technology that has the potential to produce large structures, like those needed in renewable energy generation.  The principle … Continued

Photoelectrochemical Conversion of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into Fuels and Value-Added Products

IT Sligo’s Dr Vignesh Kumaravel has published a review article entitled “Photoelectrochemical conversion of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into fuels and value-added products” in ACS Energy Letters (ACS Energy Lett. 2020, 5, 2, 486-519, Publication date – January 8th, 2020 https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsenergylett.9b02585).  ACS Energy letters is one of the top ten journals in the field of energy … Continued

New Research and Innovation Coordinator joins the University of Strathclyde Team

Dr Jillian Couto-Phoenix joined the University of Strathclyde team as the new Research and Innovation Coordinator in November 2019, replacing Pauline Murray.  Jill is a former academic with a multidisciplinary research track record that spans both medicine and environmental engineering (more at: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9371-3795).  Jill transitioned from the basic sciences into engineering because of a desire … Continued

QUB PhD Researcher presents at Rotomoulding Conference in Goa

In January, QUB researcher Jitendra Seregar presented his research on “The Advanced Simulation of the Rotational Moulding Process” during the Society of Asian Rotomoulders (STAR) Annual Conference in Goa, India.  He, along with colleagues from QUB, also visited the local university BITS-Pilani Goa campus, toured the rotomoulding lab facilities there and discussed about future collaboration … Continued

Renewable Engine at the 3rd International Symposium on Biomimetic Microreactors for Photoconversion Chemistry

Dr Vignesh Kumaravel (IT Sligo) delivered an invited talk entitled “Metal oxide nano-composites: Antimicrobial food packaging and medical polymers” at the 3rd International Symposium on Biomimetic Microreactors for Photoconversion Chemistry.  There were approximately 100 researchers and faculties participating in this conference, organised by Yeungnam University, Republic of Korea, during January 9-10, 2020.  Dr Kumaravel’s talk … Continued

SWC PhD Researcher attends UK Catalysis Conference

The 6th UK Catalysis Conference took place at Holywell Park, Loughborough over Tuesday 7th – Thursday 9th January 2020.  The meeting provided an opportunity for catalytic scientists and engineers from across the UK’s academic and industrial communities to interact and network over the whole spectrum of Catalysis ranging from Organocatalysis, Biocatalysis, Homogenous catalysis and Heterogeneous … Continued

The Role of Energy Storage in a Sustainable Future

Action Renewables have hosted Renewable Engine’s latest event, focusing on the role of Energy Storage within a greener energy mix.  The event was held at the Centre for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technologies (CREST) in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.  The event gave an update on Renewable Engine progress with a focus on research involving the development … Continued

Renewable Engine PhD Researcher at 11th annual Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association Conference

Renewable Engine PhD Researcher, Maria Damaskou, has attended the 11th annual Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association Conference (SHFCA2019) held in Aberdeen on 2nd October 2019. The conference’s theme was “Delivering Scotland’s Energy Transition and the Net Zero Target”, with a special focus on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technologies as key solutions in energy transition … Continued

IT Sligo Team at the National Ploughing Championships

Renewable Engine PhD Researcher, Sean O’Connor, and R&I Co-ordinator, Dr Ehiaze Ehimen, of IT Sligo were in attendance at the National Ploughing Championships held in Fenagh, County Carlow.  The event, now in its 88th year, saw over 250,000 visitors over the three-day duration making it Europe’s largest outdoor festival of any kind.  IT Sligo’s participation … Continued

Renewable Engine PhD Researcher at UK Heat Transfer Conference

South West College’s PhD researcher, Mansoureh Khaljani, has attended the 16th UK National Heat Transfer Conference, 8-10 September 2019, organised by the University of Nottingham.  Mansoureh was able to present her work to a range of researchers working in the field. The UK National Heat Transfer Conference, organised under the aegis of the UK National … Continued

Zara attends Catalysis Summer School at University of Liverpool

South West College’s PhD researcher, Zara Shiels, has attended the Catalysis Fundamentals & Practice Summer School hosted by the University of Liverpool.  Zara was able to present her work to a range of researchers working in the field. The Summer School provided an introduction to the fundamental aspects of catalysis such as homogeneous and heterogeneous … Continued

Renewable Engine Post-Doctoral Researcher Presents at GFMAT-2 Conference

IT Sligo’s Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dr Vignesh Kumaravel, attended the 2nd Global Forum on Advanced Materials and Technologies for sustainable development (GFMAT-2), which was organised by the American Ceramic Society, held during July in Toronto, Canada. The key issues, challenges and opportunities of functional materials for health, energy and environmental applications were addressed at the conference. … Continued

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

Dr Vignesh Kumaravel Invited to Lecture at European Summer School in Spain

IT Sligo’s Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dr Vignesh Kumaravel, attended the 3rd European Summer School on the Environmental Applications of Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs).  Dr Kumaravel was invited to lecture to conference delegates, including PhD students, MSc students, post-doctoral researchers and industry professionals. The purpose of the Summer School was to promote the higher education of young … 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


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