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€8 Million in government funding awarded by SEAI to innovative energy research projects across Ireland

Wednesday, 2 January, 2019

  • €8 million in funding awarded to 45 innovative energy projects across Ireland
  • WindPearl (Robust Real-Time Wind Power Prediction and Early, Accurate Estimation of Downtime for Irish Wind Farms in an Integrated Single Electricity Market) 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.”

WindPearl will address the competitiveness of Wind Energy in Ireland by improving Operations & Maintenance (O&M) of onshore wind turbine farms in Ireland through bespoke data analytics. The project will focus on early and accurate downtime prediction with significantly improved wind turbine power curve forecasts. The project will be a combination of feasibility study and demonstration of improved methodologies. The impact of the developed methods will be assessed for various energy market scenarios, especially keeping the Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM) in mind. The project is expected to lead to increased wind turbine availability, reduction in operational costs and reduction in uncertainties around energy yield.

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.

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