CES Energy Investigate Innovative Renewable Technology

Pictured at the completion of the FUSION project are (from Left) Freddie McElwee- CES Energy, Gerard Casey- CES Energy, Matthew Quigley – South West College- FUSION supervisor, Jim Fitzsimons- FUSION consultant, Tobias Prewitz- FUSION graduate

The South West College is pleased to announce the completion of a cross border FUSION project with CESEnergy in Dublin, as part of the InterTradeIreland funded programme.  FUSION is InterTradeIreland’s all-island technology transfer programme, which aims to assist companies bolster their bottom line and get ahead of the competition by partnering their company with a third-level institution with the specialist expertise they need and a high calibre science, engineering or technology graduate.

During the 18 month project, the South West College assisted CESEnergy and the FUSION graduate complete a comprehensive R&D programme and feasibility study on a new renewable energy technology.  Initial research was conducted to highlight the need for this product and concept designs were produced using 3D CAD models. A feasibility study showed how the designed concept would work economically in the real world and reported their detailed findings to the managing director of CESEnergy. Upon completion of the project, the InnoTech Centre Engineering Co-Ordinator, Matthew Quigley, said “We are delighted to have worked alongside this dynamic company and are extremely pleased with how the project concluded. CESEnergy are a company making great strides in the renewables industry. “ He continued, “CESEnergy saw an opportunity to design a renewable energy technology that would augment their place in the renewable energy field and recruited a highly-skilled graduate through the FUSION programme to work on the project and it has proven to be highly successful.”

Jim Harrold, project manager and FUSION supervisor said “We are truly delighted with the outcome of the FUSION project.  The project provided us with valuable information and embedded knowledge and experience into the business. Overall we found the whole experience worthwhile and compelling”.

The South West College has now successfully completed six FUSION projects with companies across the Republic of Ireland.  The South West College is now working with companies in Co. Cavan, Co. Sligo and Co. Monaghan supporting and mentoring them with new product development and process improvements. The College recently tendered for a further FUSION project in Co. Kildare with a further potential project anticipated in Co. Louth

The FUSION programme is a very attractive opportunity for companies, with support packages worth up to £44,250/€52,800 typically in the area of new product/service development for an 18 month project or a 12 month project worth £31,000/€37,000 typically in the area of process improvement.  It involves 50% funding of the graduate’s employment costs whilst linking the company to the research knowledge that exists within the College.

For further information on the InnoTech Centre or the FUSION programme, contact the InnoTech Centre on 048 8225 5223 or innotechcentre@swc.ac.uk. Helix InterTradeIreland can be contacted on 028 30834123 or www.intertradeireland.com