Bruton announces funding of €4m for green energy research projects

Minister determined to make Republic ‘a leader’ in responding to climate change

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton: “Putting Ireland’s energy use on a sustainable path is key to realising that ambition.” Photograph:   Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton: “Putting Ireland’s energy use on a sustainable path is key to realising that ambition.” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

 

The Government is offering up to €4 million to fund green energy research projects, according to Richard Bruton, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Mr Bruton will announce this year’s Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) research, development and demonstration funding programme, a Government initiative to finance innovating energy projects.

Up to €4 million will be available this year under the SEAI National Energy Research, Development and Demonstration Funding programme.

Energy supplies

Successful applicants must be working on finding ways to cut carbon dioxide from the Republic’s energy supplies and be able to demonstrate potential for promising results, according to a statement.

Mr Bruton said that he was determined to make the Republic “a leader” in responding to climate change.

“Putting Ireland’s energy use on a sustainable path is key to realising that ambition,” he said.

“ We as government, must invest in research to help drive discovery of the new technologies and solutions required for Ireland’s low carbon energy transition.”

Jim Gannon, chief executive of SEAI, said that research was vital to moving the Republic to a low-carbon economy.