Have you been involved in an innovative energy research project that has contributed to Ireland’s clean energy future? Apply now for the Research Award in this year's Energy Awards. The winner will receive a €10,000 bursary prize.

About the Award

This award recognises impactful energy research and innovation. Entrants should have researched and developed innovative energy technologies, processes or systems. These should contribute significantly to Ireland’s clean energy future. Entrants will detail the problem researched, the research outcome and the potential impact.

Who should apply?

Applications are welcome from companies, research performing organisations or public sector/semi-state bodies. They should be involved in impactful energy research and innovation.

Previous project finalists under this category include:

Smart M Power Co (t/a MPOWER)
MEGA developed a Living Lab to research solutions that increase the level of electricity production hosted by communities. This was in collaboration with South Dublin County Council and industry partners such as MPOWER. It is located in South Dublin County, and is known as the Tallaght Community Energy Living Lab. MPOWER is driving this research forward towards full commercial deployment, first in DIT and Tallaght Living Lab. From there it will be franchised to local communities (regulated by Contract). These will act as Smart Cells in an emerging independent Cellular Smart Grid. It involves local Energy and Flexibility Markets operated by the Community System Operator, for each Community Grid. Consumers in Community Grids become prosumers (regulated by contract). These are consumers who offer a service back to the supply chain (production and/or flexibility).

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
The NIMBUS Centre for Embedded Systems Research at CIT conduct industry driven research. This is in Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). It also has applications in smart buildings, energy efficiency, and smart cities and communities. The TOPAs (Tools for Continuous Building Performance Auditing) project investigates the use of Internet of Things. This supports building energy management post occupancy. The solution facilitates the extraction, processing and analysis of energy performance data across a large portfolio of buildings.

Remote HVAC
Remote HVAC is an innovative software, used as a service start-up, creating diagnostic cloud intelligence for the Built Environment. Remote HVAC has developed an Automated Fault Detection and Diagnosis software tool. This provides a practical, low cost and barrier free approach to re-commissioning. The software uses Internet of Things (IoT) devices to gather data. It then runs it through Artificial Intelligence rule engines combined with Big Data analytics to identify re-commissioning opportunities.

MEGA is first and foremost a collaboration. This group, along with on-going support of SEAI and other sponsors has enabled MEGA to pass that critical line. It no longer had to rely on theory and concepts, but could move to the point of referring to research activities and discoveries. These point the way forward, not just for Ireland's Energy Challenge but the international community
Dudley Stewart, MEGA

Application guidelines

  1. Please submit your application online by 5pm. Friday 14th June.
  2. You are eligible to apply under more than one category. Simply follow the online guidelines and copy and paste your application to a new category. Then amend your answers as appropriate.
  3. Please ensure all mandatory fields are completed before you hit submit.
  4. Please complete the 'Data' section to the best of your ability.
  5. Once you submit, you can still edit your application up to the deadline date.
  6. Please keep attachments to 5MB or less.
  7. Shortlisted applications will be announced in August.
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Have you been involved in an innovative energy research project that has contributed to Ireland's clean energy future? Apply now to the #SEAIAwards2019 #Research category. The winner will receive a €10,000 bursary.

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