Energy centre to create jobs

Some 20 new research and development positions are set to be filled next year as a new energy research centre has been launched.

NUI Galway officially announced the centre, which will focus not only on the development of cutting edge technology, but build on Galway’s strong reputation in the energy field.

It is aimed that the venue will become an international centre of excellence and a hub for energy research throughout Ireland.

The centre has also attracted funding to the tune of Euro 5m that will help it get off the ground.

Professor Vincent O’Flaherty, director of the Energy Research Centre, said: “From electricity-producing micro-organisms to smarter wind power, there are possibilities for new approaches to energy generation all around us.

“The challenge is to integrate science-driven understanding with engineering-based implementation and to do this Ireland needs a holistic approach to energy research.”

Staff at the research centre will be made up of key national and international collaborators and academic staff and researchers from NUI Galway’s colleges.

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