The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) is an industry-led collaborative research centre in the field of integrated sustainable energy systems, and is jointly funded by the Irish government and industry members. It is one of the largest funded technology centres in Ireland, with a portfolio of approximately €5m worth of investment already underway. The IERC delivers world leading collaborative research to meet global societal needs for secure, affordable and sustainable energy services. It enables partners to develop new products and services that will ensure real energy demand reductions across society. The centre provides an energy research environment that combines business innovation with research excellence for energy demand side efficiency and systems integration challenges.
The IERC was established in 2010 and has been developed through a novel collaborative concept by means of a Joint Agency Project Team, comprising representatives from Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland working with multinational companies such as UTRC, Bord Gais Energy and a growing number of indigenous Irish companies. This Technology Centre is funded jointly by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and hosted by the Tyndall National Institute. The IERC has a budget of €30 million over five years