Renewable Engine is an exciting cross-border Research and Innovation (R&I) project aimed at facilitating direct knowledge transfer and technology development in the Renewable Energy and Advanced Manufacturing sectors through the provision of industrial research support and technology development grants to industrial partners.  The project exists across the eligible region of Northern Ireland, Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland and is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), with match funding provided by the Department for the Economy and Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland.

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Approximately €6.1M has been offered under the INTERREG VA programme to encourage the creation of new (and to further develop existing) cross-border R&I partnerships to collaborate with the aim of increasing the level of R&I competence and activity across the programme area in a strategic way that contributes towards the development of a more competitive, high value-added economy.  Renewable Engine has developed an internationally recognised cross-border research ‘super-cluster’ involving four research institutes with specialist knowledge in Renewable Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies.  Led by South West College, Renewable Engine operates across a network of research institutes including Queens University Belfast, Institute of Technology Sligo and the University of Strathclyde’s High-Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Partners Involved

  • South West College (SWC) is lead partner on the Renewable Engine project.  SWC have extensive experience of managing and delivering R&I programmes and industry innovation support with specialisms in Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing and Renewable Energy.  The INTERREG IVA funded Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST) at SWC provides industry R&D, demonstration and testing facilities for new renewable energy products and sustainable technologies.
  • Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) are highly respected across the globe as a centre of teaching excellence and innovative research and part of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK's 24 leading research intensive universities.  The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are directly involved in the Renewable Engine project.  The School hosts a broad range of manufacturing capabilities including engineering workshops, thermoforming / polymer moulding technology and robotic assembly, all of which will provide extensive support to Renewable Engine’s research capability.
  • The Institute of Technology Sligo (ITS) has an important role in driving economic and social development in the North West of Ireland.  Relevant, effective R&I is a key element of this with a vibrant and productive research community, active in the undergraduate, postgraduate and professional research spheres.  ITS has a number of Strategic Research Centres including The Centre for Environmental Research Innovation and Sustainability and The Precision Engineering, Materials & Manufacturing Research Centre which complement the Renewable Engine project.
  • The UK Advanced Manufacturing Catapult is a collaborative venture between the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, UK Government & leading multinational Engineering firms.  The £80M facility has a world-leading reputation for research in forming & folding technologies.  The centre focuses on using its production scale facilities to take new R&D up the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale & accelerate its industrial exploitation, complementing the industry-focused nature of the Renewable Engine R&I activity.

*Note: Industry Partners TBC – May want to update website with this at a later stage.

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For further information about the Renewable Engine Programme, please contact Alistair Quinn, Renewable Engine Project Manager.
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