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Current Research Portfolio


The IERC’s research portfolio is developed through a tiered engagement model.



  1. To provide direction and thought leadership to an emerging new energy sector and its key policy makers (could include links to the IERC responses to recent consultations etc.)
  2. To perform advisory research, feasibility studies and white papers of strategic value to the energy sector and key stakeholders. The IERC can also engage in funding mechanisms including the Innovation Partnership programme and European Programmes including Horizon 2020 to work with industry and research partners.
  3. To co-fund industry led, collaborative research projects capable of developing into the next generation of technologies, products, services and business models to be commercialised for the benefit of the Irish Economy. A maximum of 65% project costs funded by IERC – 3 commercial entities with 1 common significant challenge co-fund 35% of project through a combination of cash and In-kind contributions. The research typically spans TRL 3 to TRL7 (Real world test-bed)
  4. Directly contracted research focused on specific requirements delivering transformative outcomes for industry partners

Project Types

Type 1 Projects
Type 1 projects are projects with Foreground IP (FIP) 100% owned by the researchers working for the IERC. The projects will arise from industry needs to identify programmes of work and roadmaps for the strategic research areas.

Type 2 Projects
Type 2 projects are truly collaborative projects – the RPOs and company personnel work together to complete research. The projects will be funded by both the host and the industrial membership jointly. The initial rate of contribution will be in the ratio of 65%:35% State:Industry, in line with EU State Aid Rules. Inventor ownership rights on IP.



The following are our current live projects.



LIVE

BIM4EEB (H2020)


BIM4EEB aims to foster the renovation industry by developing an attractive and powerful BIM-based toolset able to support designers in the design and planning phase, construction companies to efficiently carry out the work and service companies to provide attractive solutions for building retrofitting. Additionally, public and private owners will be able to use a tool that eases decision making and asset management, thanks to the exploitation of augmented reality and the use of updated digital logbooks. BIM4EEB will deliver an innovative common BIM management system with linked data and a set of tools.


Partners

  • Politecnico Di Milano
  • Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
  • Solintel M&P SL
  • RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB
  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland
  • International Energy Research Centre
  • SUITE5 Data Intelligence Solutions Limited
  • One Team Srl

  • Technische Universitaet Dresden
  • Caverion Suomi OY
  • VisuaLynk Oy
  • Conseil Des Architectes D'Europe
  • CGI Sverige AB
  • Regione Lombardia
  • Aler Varese Como Monza Brianza Busto Arsizio
  • Prochem SA



LIVE

cPad - Community Grid


cPAD will develop a prototype of a solution that allows much more electricity from renewable energy sources to be produced within communities, accelerating the Energy Transition toward cleaner energy, and creating healthier and wealthier communities. Moving from a few large, remote producers, to many small 'distributed' producers close to consumers, means production and flexibility enters the domain of DSOs who typically only consider inflexible consumers.


Research Partners

Industry Partners

  • Siemens
  • Systemlink
  • MSemicon
  • MPower
  • ATKearney
  • Community Renewable Energy Supply (CRES)
  • South Dublin County Council

Academic Partners

  • IERC
  • Dublin Institute of Technology



LIVE

IEA-EBC Annex 70 – Building Energy Epidemiology


International Energy Agency (IEA) for Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) Annex 70 – Building Energy Epidemiology: Analysis of real building energy use at scale. Annex 70 is an international collaboration of researchers, industry and government from across the globe who are working to develop methods for improving the empirical evidence on energy demand in the building stock.


Research Partners


The following are our projects which have been funded and are due to start shortly.



Funded

CENTS - Cooperative ENergy Trading System


CENTS is a collaborative project coordinated by the IERC and will rely on the industry experience from MPower, mSemicon and CRES, in addition to the research capabilities of UCC, NUIG, and DIT. It is a disruptive technology platform for the electricity sector where consumers and communities will be empowered with the necessary infrastructure to generate their own electricity, earn from the electricity generation, and finally, to be an integral part of decarbonizing their homes and communities for sustainable living.


Research Partners

Industry Partners

  • MPower
  • MSemicon
  • CRES

Academic Partners

  • IERC
  • University College Cork
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Insight Centre for Data Analytics
  • Dublin Institute of Technology


The following are our projects which have been completed by the IERC.



COMPLETE

EnerPort - P2P Energy Trading


Electricity sector is transiting through a major infrastructural change where several new business models are being developed. EnerPort is an industry-led collaborative research project that will investigate new market models for peer to peer energy trading. This involves implementing blockchain technology with smart metering and designing and demonstrating of residential hardware and software platforms in the Power Electronics Research Centre laboratory in NUI Galway. It will develop a new software tool for the co-simulation of electricity distribution networks and blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading. This project also aims to address the key challenges around these hardware and software requirements and protocols, as well as issues around markets, regulations and policy.


Research Partners

Industry Partners

  • Systemlink
  • MSemicon
  • Verbatm

Academic Partners

  • IERC
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Insight Centre for Data Analytics



COMPLETE

ExpertMV - Energy Audit and M&V System


An Expert Energy Measurement and Verification Solution for Energy Savings in Buildings and Industries (ExpertMV) that involves the development of a software tool for executing energy audits and for measuring and verifying achieved energy savings. The project will support the energy services sector and help address opportunities for increased energy efficiency.


Research Partners

Industry Partners

  • Apleona (formerly Bilfinger)
  • United Technologies Research Centre

Academic Partners

  • IERC


The following are our projects currently being developed by the IERC, if any of these projects interest you and you would be interested in joining the consortium, please contact us at info@ierc.ie.