- €8 million in funding awarded to 45 innovative energy projects across Ireland
- Cork Institute of Technology project among those to receive support
10th September 2018: The Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, has announced €8 million in Government funding to support 45 innovative energy projects in companies and research institutions across Ireland. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is responsible for awarding the funding to the 45 projects which aim to develop solutions that will help our homes, businesses and communities deliver a cleaner energy future. The projects range in duration from one to four years.
Discussing the funding programme, Jim Gannon, CEO of SEAI said:
“New solutions and new technologies are central to achieving a sustainable energy future for Ireland. With direct involvement from industry, academia and local enterprises, the 45 projects we are funding will deliver real solutions to problems that the energy sector is facing today. These projects will facilitate innovation in the energy market, inform policy, and develop the technical solutions we need to create a thriving and efficient clean energy sector.”
DigiBlocks will investigate the application of Blockchain technology to district scale energy services in order to provide a trusted mechanism for data provenance, traceability and verification. DigiBlocks will help facilitate the transformation of the energy sector through digitisation and support the fundamental shift in the energy landscape from a rigid centralised infrastructure towards decentralisation and energy based communities, motivated in part by the increasing penetration of renewables and need for cities to move towards being positive energy districts.
To support the transition to positive energy blocks, DigiBlocks is moving beyond building and blocks of buildings to district scale and will provide a suite of Blockchain tools and services to provide an innovative solution for district energy management, which considers the interaction and integration between the district buildings, the users/citizens and the wider energy system.
To find out more about SEAI’s research funding go to seai.ie. The 2019 SEAI RD&D Funding Programme Call will open for applications in early December 2018.
If you would like to find out more about this project, please email Dr Susan Rea.