A new round of government funding for energy research and innovation has been announced by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) today (Wednesday, February 17).

The call will support innovative energy research, design and development (RD&D) projects which will help accelerate Ireland’s transition to a clean and secure energy future.

Government support, in the form of a substantially increased budget, means this year SEAI expects to invest €10 million, in what is now a multi-year pipeline of energy RD&D projects. The deadline for applications for the call is Monday, March 29, 2021.

With over 100 projects successful under previous funding calls, the “green light” has previously been given to innovative projects and collaborations in the areas of wind energy, bioenergy, energy systems integration, energy efficiency, energy markets, smart grids, transportation, energy policy, community engagement and geothermal energy.

The 2021 call is open for applications from public and private sector organisations, either applying individually or as part of a consortium.

As before, this year’s call will include both an open strand and a thematic strand. Aligning with the Programme for Government and the climate action plan, prioritised thematic topics include areas relating to wind and offshore renewable energy, green hydrogen, building energy efficiency and retrofit, as well as other energy sectoral priorities.

Commenting, William Walsh, CEO of SEAI, said: “Energy research and innovation are crucial components to achieve a low-carbon economy for Ireland.

Nationally and internationally, the emphasis is firmly on a green economic recovery, where research and innovation is front and centre.

“SEAI is committed to paving the way for the breakthrough solutions to clean and secure energy, and this RD&D funding will be instrumental to Ireland achieving 2030 targets and beyond.

“There is huge talent in the Irish energy research ecosystem – and this is a call to our national experts to find Irish solutions for the Irish context.”