Belfast uni gets EU funding for marine and bioenergy research

Author: Steve Corey. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

July 25 (Renewables Now) - Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has received more than EUR 9.3 million (USD 10.9m) in EU funds to establish a virtual center of competence to host cross-border studies into marine and bioenergy.

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland have also provided funding for the project, in addition to the grant under the INTERREG VA  Programme.

The so-called Bryden Centre for Advanced Marine and Bio-Energy Research will recruit 34 doctoral students and six post-doctoral research associates, who will conduct research on the use of tidal power at Strangford Lough and the north Antrim coast in Northern Ireland, ocean energy off Scotland’s western coast, and marine energy generation in Donegal, Ireland. The project also involves research into bioenergy, including anaerobic digestion of agri-food waste.

Scotland’s University of Highlands and Islands, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ulster University, the Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, Donegal County Council, and Dumfries and Galloway Council are partners in this project.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.166)

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