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CREDIT Technology Gateway at Dundalk Institute of Technology has been awarded just under €0.5M to help them secure two vital pieces of capital equipment for industry collaboration and research.

Pictured from left are: Aidan Browne, Head of Innovation & Business Development DkIT, Dr Fergal O’Rourke, DkIT lecturer and Director of CREDIT Research Centre, Ray Byrne Research CREDIT Research Centre, Dr Paul MacArtain Senior Researcher CREDIT Research Centre.
Pictured from left are: Aidan Browne, Head of Innovation & Business Development DkIT, Dr Fergal O’Rourke, DkIT lecturer and Director of CREDIT Research Centre, Ray Byrne Research CREDIT Research Centre and Dr Paul MacArtain Senior Researcher CREDIT Research Centre.

The Centre for Renewables and Energy Technology Gateway at Dundalk IT (CREDIT), is focused on energy efficiency and optimisation as well as Energy Storage and Supply Optimisation. The Gateway has expertise in solar, wind and ocean energy and will assist companies to make both their products and their manufacturing operations as energy efficient as possible.

Speaking after the announcement, Head of Innovation & Business Development at DkIT, Aidan Browne said,“We are delighted with this commitment to the development of the suite of supports and high-tech equipment resources for the CREDIT Technology Gateway that will help drive greater industry-academia collaboration. Being part of Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Network firmly places our region on the map in terms of skills and expertise in the area of renewable & energy technologies.

"The growth of the Technological Gateway directly aligns with commitments underpinned within our Strategic Plan 2020-22 and our own investment in this space which seeks to build up our region, reinforce sectoral clusters and create an environment which entices our future younger generations to stay and work in the region.”

29 successful projects from across the third level sector secured over €6million in funding to assist them in buying world-leading research equipment that will serve the Research and Development (R&D) needs of Irish industry. DkITs award secured just under €0.5M for the CREDIT Technology Gateway.

The winners were selected through a rigorous evaluation process based on eligibility criteria for the call which included, but was not limited to, a strong track record of industry engagement, a significant industrial need for the new equipment, and space to service and maintain the equipment according to international standards. Funding was based on an extensive review process which looked at the number of companies that will benefit and the criticality of the equipment to servicing their R&D needs, how access to the equipment can be shared across the technology gateway and technology centres network and current capability gaps within the collaborative research system that can be alleviated by making this equipment available.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD said “This €6m Capital Equipment Fund will give 29 projects across the country access to world-class research equipment, helping them test new products and ways of doing things. We hope to see some exciting new ideas and breakthroughs as a result. Great things happen when companies collaborate with third level institutions. Recent data show that companies which collaborate with our universities have double the turnover of those that don’t. Third level institutions benefit too, by getting to work with creative, business-minded entrepreneurs, working on solutions to real life problems. Congratulations to all the successful applicants, I look forward to seeing the fruits of this collaborative effort.”

Dominic McLarnon – CREDIT Technology Gateway Manager added "The addition of the HASS/HALT Environmental  Chamber and the Hemisphere Scanning LiDAR to the CREDIT Technology Gateway portfolio will greatly enhance the capabilities of the energy research team and provide companies with strategically aligned infrastructure and testing environments, demonstration tools and technologies, and research and development expertise needed to bring new products, processes and services closer to market. This suite of equipment will actively support business and industry to become more competitive by providing access to world-class facilities, augmenting problem solving capabilities and enabling faster adoption of emerging technologies and processes to create new markets"

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