A £7million research centre based at Queen’s University Belfast will pioneer advances in sustainable energy technologies, creating 15 new research posts.
The project was announced by Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and will be industry-led, hosted at Queen’s and drawing upon the research capabilities of University of Ulster and the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute (AFBI).
CASE has been offered £5m of support from Invest NI, supporting industry led research in a key strategic sector for the Northern Ireland economy.
“Invest Northern Ireland’s support for this new, industry led centre will fund advanced research into one of our most dynamic and global industry sectors,” said Mrs Foster.
“CASE will position Northern Ireland at the forefront of the global sustainable energy market, delivering benefits to the business community and the wider economy.
“Invest Northern Ireland’s wider support for Competence Centres aims to help turn great ideas into commercial realities. They bridge the gap between universities, research institutes and innovative businesses, representing a long-term strategic investment in Northern Ireland’s innovation capability.”
Sam McCloskey, CASE centre manager said: “Today’s turn out by industry at the CASE launch is testament to the fact that interest in research, development and innovation in energy is a key business focus.
“Our rationale is to support these companies to compete in the global sustainable energy market by funding industry led research and innovation in strategic renewable energy fields such as turbines, demand side management and energy from biomass.”