The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) is an industry-led collaborative research centre in the field of integrated sustainable energy systems, and is jointly funded by the Irish government and industry members. It is one of the largest funded technology centres in Ireland, with a portfolio of approximately €5m worth of investment already underway. The IERC delivers world leading collaborative research to meet global societal needs for secure, affordable and sustainable energy services. It enables partners to develop new products and services that will ensure real energy demand reductions across society. The centre provides an energy research environment that combines business innovation with research excellence for energy demand side efficiency and systems integration challenges.
The IERC was established in 2010 and has been developed through a novel collaborative concept by means of a Joint Agency Project Team, comprising representatives from Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland working with multinational companies such as UTRC, Bord Gais Energy and a growing number of indigenous Irish companies. This Technology Centre is funded jointly by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and hosted by the Tyndall National Institute. The IERC has a budget of €30 million over five years.
The host institute for the International Energy Research Centre, who supplies the infrastructure and administrative support to the centre, is Tyndall National Institute, based in Cork, and part of University College Cork.
Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe’s leading research centres in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research and development and the largest research facility of its type in Ireland. Established in 2004 as a successor to the National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC founded in 1982) at University College Cork, the Institute hosts over 460 researchers, engineers and support staff, including a full-time postgraduate cohort of 135 students, generating over 200 peer-reviewed publications each year. For more information on Tyndall, please visit their website www.tyndall.ie
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