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Friday, 23rd July 2021

DkIT projects attract €500k for industry collaboration and research

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Pictured are (from left): Aidan Browne, Head of Innovation & Business Development DkIT, Dr Fergal O’Rourke, DkIT lecturer and Director of CREDIT Research Centre, Ray Byrne Research CREDIT Research Centre, Dr Paul MacArtain Senior Researcher CREDIT Research Centre.

CREDIT Technology Gateway at Dundalk Institute of Technology has secured funding of almost €500,000 for industry collaboration and research.

The two DkIT projects were among 29 successful projects from across the third level sector which between them secured over €6million in funding to assist them in buying world-leading research equipment that will serve the Research and Development (R&D) needs of Irish industry.

The awards were announced yesterday by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD.

The fund is designed to provide companies with access to critical, leading-edge equipment that will allow them to engage in R&D activities, pilot manufacturing capability for new products and process development, enhance technology validation and testing capabilities, test bed generation and enhanced training potential for key industry staff on emerging technologies in collaboration with the technology gateways and technology centres across Ireland.

Speaking today, Head of Innovation and Business Development at DkIT, Aidan Browne said,

“We are delighted with this commitment to the development of the suite of supports and high-tech equipment resources for the CREDIT Technology Gateway that will help drive greater industry-academia collaboration. Being part of Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Network firmly places our region on the map in terms of skills and expertise in the area of renewable & energy technologies.

The growth of the Technological Gateway directly aligns with commitments underpinned within our Strategic Plan 2020-22 and our own investment in this space which seeks to build up our region, reinforce sectoral clusters and create an environment which entices our future younger generations to stay and work in the region.”

Dominic McLarnon – CREDIT Technology Gateway Manager added

‘The addition of the HASS/HALT Environmental  Chamber and the Hemisphere Scanning LiDAR to the CREDIT Technology Gateway portfolio will greatly enhance the capabilities of the energy research team and provide companies with strategically aligned infrastructure and testing environments, demonstration tools and technologies, and research and development expertise needed to bring new products, processes and services closer to market. This suite of equipment will actively support business and industry to become more competitive by providing access to world-class facilities, augmenting problem solving capabilities and enabling faster adoption of emerging technologies and processes to create new markets’

The CREDIT Technology Gateway will has a focus enabling companies to explore product innovation, source applied research opportunities and technology solutions for their ‘close-to-market’ needs.

The CREDIT Technical Gateway provide a range of applied research and innovative solutions to industry under the following themes:

  • Energy optimisation and modelling
  • Wind
  • Energy Storage
  • Bioenergy
  • Marine, Tidal and Ocean

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