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SEAI Awards €500k to Irish Companies Contributing to International Renewable Energy Research Projects

SEAI is giving €500k contributing to Irish companies for renewable energy research projects through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, with additional funding from the European Commission’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme. 

The projects are part of the Clean Energy Transition Partnership joint funding call worth €88 million – involving 46 national and regional funding partners across 30 countries. This Joint Call 2022 was the first annual co-funded call under the CETPartnership and was co-funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe Partnership scheme.  

Each project proposal included at least three partners from three different countries participating in the CETPartnership Joint Call 2022, from which a minimum of two must be EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries. The consortia consist of partners from organisations such as universities, companies, industry organisations, local/regional governments, research organisations and NGOs.  

Speaking about the Irish Government funding being granted to these companies, Kerrie Sheehan, Head of Research and Technology at SEAI said, “I am delighted that we can facilitate Irish participation in trans-national research projects by providing funding and support. International projects such as these establish new alliances, and address challenges encountered in the move to clean energy.” 

The four projects funded by SEAI are: 

WECHULL+ which focuses on sustainable concrete material for improved substructures in offshore renewable technologies with CETO Wave Energy Ireland.  

SEASNAKE+ is a project focussing on surface protection and condition monitoring for medium voltage undersea cables. The Irish funded partner is Ocean Wave Venture Ltd

SMART-LEM is a project that aims to develop a business model-oriented platform with applications for developing local electricity markets. The Irish partner is Open Sky Data Systems Ltd.  

WAMTEC is examining cost effective high-efficiency silicon technologies for solar PV. The Irish funded partner is Ultra High Vacuum Solutions Ltd.  

Source: SEAI

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