€27 million in funding secured for Irish energy research projects under Horizon 2020

SEAI leading the way in supporting Irish energy research


27th July 2016 - Irish research institutions and industry have consistently won funding for energy-related research under the EU Horizon 2020 programme with over €27 million in funding secured to date. As the programme’s National Delegate, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has been supporting many of these organisations in their Horizon 2020 bids, as well as providing additional research funding. 

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s largest research and innovation programme with an energy research budget of €6 billion for the period 2014 to 2020. SEAI, with Enterprise Ireland, helps identify opportunities for Irish research institutions and industry in the programme. The Irish energy research community is reaping the rewards from active participation in the programme and, in doing so, is addressing some of the main challenges facing the energy system. 

Commenting on Irish participation in Horizon 2020 energy programmes, Dr Eimear Cotter, Head of Low Carbon Technologies, SEAI said: “It’s fantastic to see such support for Irish projects in the area of energy research and renewable energy technologies. SEAI is helping to build national energy research capacity through itsResearch, Development and Demonstration Programmefrom which many researchers proceed to European funding. It is particularly pleasing to see Irish SMEs perform well with companies such as NVP Energy and Exergyn successful in drawing down both national and EU funds to support the commercialisation of their products”.

Ireland has also been successful in securing funding in large-scale energy-related projects. RealValue, a consortium led by Glen Dimplex, won €12m for its energy storage project which will see physical demonstrations of its technology in Ireland, Germany and Latvia. SEAI, with Enterprise Ireland, will work with Irish participants to continue to identify large-scale funding opportunities for Ireland in the energy sphere.

For more information on the national support structure for Horizon 2020, see www.horizon2020.ie. For more information on SEAI’s RD&D Programme, see www.seai.ie or, contact RD&D Programme Executive and H2020 National Delegate for the Energy Work Programme; Joanne Sheahan - joanne.sheahan@seai.ie


For further information contact:
Luke McDonnell Drury|Porter|Novelli
01 260 5000/ 085 7127243 (LMD)

Notes for editors

SEAI is working with Enterprise Ireland and all relevant Government Departments, Agencies and research institutions to build on these successes to date as well as assisting Irish businesses and research institutions in the creation of new technologies, innovative products and services that can be scaled up for mass deployment and commercialisation. The resulting technology developments, delivered through collaborative approaches between universities and industry, are set to make substantial inroads in Irelands move to cleaner energy, smarter energy systems and more user friendly buildings.

About SEAI

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. SEAI is designated as the Issuing Authority for Building Energy Ratings in Ireland. SEAI is partly financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union. 

About Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 has a total budget of €74 billion and will run until 2020.For more information on the national support structure for Horizon 2020 see www.horizon2020.ie

NVP Energy

NVP Energy located in Navan was awarded €1.69m to develop an anaerobic digestion technology for low-temperature treatment of wastewater in the food and drinks sector. The low temperature operation allows for100% of the biogas produced being made available for reuse or resale and has a high impact on environmental savings through reduced greenhouse gas emissions and lowered fossil fuel requirements.


Based in Glasnevin, Exergyn was awarded €2.48m in funding to commercialise its Exergyn Drive engine. The specially designed engine repurposes waste hot water created during the manufacturing cooling processes to generate electricity. If commercialised to its full potential, the engine has the potential to cut global carbon emissions by as much as 2%.

Glen Dimplex

RealValue commenced in June 2015 and is a €15.5m European energy storage project funded by Horizon 2020 (€12M funding from the EC). RealValue will use a combination of physical demonstrations in Ireland, Germany and Latvia along with innovative modelling techniques, in order to demonstrate how local small-scale energy storage, optimised across the whole EU energy system, with advanced ICT, could bring benefits to all market participants.

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