TAOIDE project gets the green light

LYIT is research partner in €3.2 million consortium

TAOIDE_John Doran Project_Nov16Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) is delighted to be a research partner in a €3.2 million technology development project which has just been given the go-ahead.  The project, TAOIDE (Technology Advancement of Ocean Energy Devices through Innovative Development of Electrical Systems to Increase Performance and Reliability), is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme and has several partners – University College Cork, Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany), SKF (UK) Ltd, and LYIT.

Horizon 2020 is the largest EU research programme ever and is divided into 3 main areas: Excellent Science, Competitive Industries, Better Society.  Each of these priorities addresses a European issue.  The particular call that TAOIDE addresses is about lowering the levelised cost of energy, through increased performance and better reliability.

Paul Hannigan, LYIT President, commented, “LYIT is pleased to be part of this successful collaboration. The original contact with ORPC came out of a visiting delegation from Donegal to Massachusetts a number of years ago. It is particularly satisfying to see this successful research project arising from that initial contact.  It is also a great boost for research activity within LYIT and we look forward to future successful collaboration.”

Dr John Doran, Head of the LYIT Wind Energy Centre, said, “This project is an enabler for LYIT and the North West to build and develop increased research capacity.  It builds on the work of the Wind Energy Centre (WEC), located at our Killybegs campus.  The WEC has now been wholly integrated into the Institute’s Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (SEARC) and this group brings together experts in the fields of turbomachinery, composite materials, bio-energy, sustainable supply chains and economic impact assessment from the Schools of Engineering, Business and Science at LYIT.  It is an exciting time to be part of such a vibrant and relevant research group.”

He advised that, “Renewable/Sustainable Energy and the green economy has been one of the priority areas for economic and business development proposed and adopted by Donegal County Council and supported by LYIT for the last number of years.  It is only now after sustained relationship building that we are seeing these relationships bear fruit.  Building research capacity is one of LYIT’s strategic objectives and projects such as TAOIDE will only further enhance and add value to the North West region.”

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:34:00 GMT


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