The SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards recognise and reward excellence in all aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Covering eleven categories in 2022, the competition is open to organisations in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Congratulations to the ORE group in MaREI at UCC on being shortlisted for an Award in the upcoming SEAI Energy Awards in the Excellence in Energy Research and Innovation category and to Corca Dhuibhne – Sustainable Energy Community for being shortlisted in the Inspirational Energy Community category.
The Offshore Renewable Energy Group, in the MaREI research centre at University College Cork, coordinated a Horizon 2020 project, MaRINET2, over 5 years. The MaRINET2 project comprised 53 facilities across Europe. These facilities test marine energy devices and include test tanks, wind tunnels, field test sites, component test facilities, and other cross-cutting research facilities. This project has supported collaboration and shared learnings to strengthen the marine renewable energy industry. This is a crucial enabler to decarbonising the global economy. If they win the award, the bursary will go towards a significant conference open to the public to showcase the excellent work coming out of this project. Another action they envision is to formalise the educational programme which they piloted in Ireland and Portugal.
Delighted our ORE group has been shortlisted for an Award in the upcoming @SEAI_ie Energy awards in the Excellence in Energy Research and Innovation category based on our @MaRINET2_EU project. @MaREIcentre @frances_judge @EngineeringUCC pic.twitter.com/bOaURGvyjB
— Michael O’Shea (@ealadubhabu) August 18, 2022
Corca Dhuibhne SEC
Corca Dhuibhne SEC, established in 2018, is part of the collaborative Dingle Peninsula 2030 initiative. They actively collaborate with the local community, including schools, business, transport, farming and tourism sectors. Their goal is to enable broader societal changes. These changes are to foster a sustainable low-carbon transition.
The Dingle Hub is working to identify employment opportunities. They want to help develop a sustainable economic future for the area. This is essentially an experiment. Through engaged research, MaREI is tracking, analysing and publishing experiential learnings. This is to help inform policy and practice, both locally and nationally. So far engagement events have reached up to 2,000 people from all sectors of society. Activity includes an Anaerobic Digester Feasibility Study, audio training material, home trial on solar PV, battery management, heat pumps and electric vehicles. This project illustrates how collaboration can support and enable active community responses.