Representation in Ireland

3 Irish-led research projects to get €7.3 m EU funding

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EU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas

Three innovative Irish-led research projects have just been awarded large grants from the EU's research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. The announcement was made in Brussels this morning.

12/06/2016

Based in Limerick, Dublin and Galway, the Irish companies are leading important research on systems and products which are close to being ready for commercial exploitation. The EU funding they have been awarded supports getting tested, innovative research to market. The Irish companies awarded the grants are three of just 16 businesses to have come through a highly competitive process involving 263 projects and 1057 companies, from across the EU, pitching for the funds.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Through Horizon 2020, we want to support innovative businesses to compete in global markets. These results bring the total investment to nearly €135 million in fast-access EU funding for close-to-the-market innovation activities, helping European R&D reach successful commercialisation."

The Limerick company is MAC and they are leading a group of European companies in a project known as ADMS (SmartGrid Active Distribution Management System to accommodate Renewable Energy Sources and Low Carbon Emissions) which will receive total EU funding of €1,594,281. Their project is about improving the stability of renewable energy in the electricity grid.

(The partners being led from Limerick are based in Germany and the Netherlands.)

The Dublin company is OpenHydro Group Ltd and they are leading a group of European researchers in a project called OCTTIC (Open-Centre Tidal Turbine Industrial Capability), which will receive total EU funding of € 2,996,327. Their project looks at wave energy and aims to find ways to make it as cheap as wind energy so that it is more practical to use in the electricity grid.

(The project being led from Dublin involves partners from Belgium, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.)

The Galway company leading the third project is ÉireComposites of Inverin, Co Galway and the project is called POWDERBLADE (Commercialisation of Advanced Composite Material Technology: Carbon-Glass Hybrid in PowderEpoxy for Large (60-100m) Wind Turbine Blades), and it will be getting a total of €2,731,700 in funding. They are in the final stages of a project on light, cost-effective, carbon glass hybrid blades for wind turbines.

(The project also involves partners from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands as well as another Irish SME, Westbic based in Mervue, also Galway.)

Here is a link to an interview with Dr Tomás Flanagan of Powderblade, based in Galway: http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/15/

Here is a link Directorate-General for Research and Innovation where the news is announced: http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=newsalert&year=2016&na=na-080616

Background

The FTI is a fully bottom up measure promoting innovation activities at the close-to-the-market stage. It supports mature innovative concepts that have already been tested. Supported activities include systems validation in real working conditions, testing, piloting, validation of business models and standard setting and pre-normative research.

The scheme runs during 2015-2016 as a pilot initiative under Horizon 2020, with a budget of €200 million. The scheme is open to all kinds of participants and supports any topic under the “Societal Challenges” and the specific objective “Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEITs)”. This thematic openness, combined with accessibility to all kinds of innovation entities, will nurture trans-disciplinary and cross-sector cooperation for growth through innovation.

The pilot is implemented through one common and continuously open call. Proposals can be submitted at any time. The next cut-off date for applications is 25 October 2016.

The projects are:

ADMS(SmartGrid Active Distribution Management System to accommodate Renewable Energy Sources and Low Carbon Emissions), led by MAC of Limerick is to receive total EU funding of €1,594,281.

The project, which will receive a total of €1,594,281 in EU funding, also involves partners from Germany and the Netherlands.

OCTTIC (Open-Centre Tidal Turbine Industrial Capability), led by OpenHydro Group Limited of Dublin is to receive total EU funding of €2,996,327.

The project also involves partners from Belgium, United Kingdom and the Netherlands

POWDERBLADE(Commercialisation of Advanced Composite Material Technology: Carbon-Glass Hybrid in PowderEpoxy for Large (60-100m) Wind Turbine Blades), led by ÉireComposites of Inverin, Co. Galway is to receive total EU funding of €2,731,700.

The project also involves partners from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands as well as another Irish SME, Westbic.