About IERC

Climate change is now occurring in all regions across the globe, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Limiting climate change will necessitate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, from human activities such as burning fossil fuels, agriculture and the built environment, to zero will require step changes in innovation in new technologies, systems thinking, business models and citizen engagement and radical changes to the energy, transport and heating systems and policies on which much of our modern society is built.

The International Energy Research Centre at Tyndall National Institute supports these changes by carrying out world-class research that is cognisant of the future needs and requirements of citizens, corporate entities and other stakeholders in the energy ecosystem. As Ireland’s leading not-for-profit professional energy research centre, our work is independent and is free of any expressed technological bias, ideology or political position.



Tyndall National Institute is a leading European research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) hardware and systems. Specialising in both electronics and photonics – materials, devices, circuits and systems and energy systems research.

The centre is supported by a variety of funding sources including Ireland’s Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, the EU’s H2020 research programme, Science Foundation Ireland, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and industry collaborators.


Our current research portfolio features projects in the following areas:

  • Community energy and microgrids
  • Embedded and micro-generation and energy storage
  • Electrical power systems and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
  • Solar energy
  • Data analytics, digitalisation and ICT integration within the energy sector
  • Achieving living environments through innovation that take into account occupant comfort
  • Decarbonisation of heat and transport
  • Sustainable heating and cooling energy, ventilation, daylighting and electricity in buildings and the built environment
  • Decarbonisation of SMEs and the industrial sector
  • Innovative business models as well as regulatory and policy options for the low carbon energy economy
  • Energy policy innovation
  • Hydrogen