Published Thursday, 26 September 2013
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and Sam McCloskey from CASE open the centre. (© DETI)
The Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) will focus on the development of highly innovative technologies for the sustainable energy sector.
The £7m centre will be industry-led, hosted at Queen's University, and will draw upon the research capabilities of University of Ulster and the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute.
The facility is the latest "competence centre" to be funded by Invest NI in a programme which aims to transform research into commercial success.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "Invest Northern Ireland's support for this new, industry led centre will fund advanced research into one of our most dynamic and global industry sectors.
"CASE will position Northern Ireland at the forefront of the global sustainable energy market, delivering benefits to the business community and the wider economy.
"Invest Northern Ireland's support for Competence Centres aims to help turn great ideas into commercial realities.
"They bridge the gap between universities, research institutes and innovative businesses, representing a long-term strategic investment in Northern Ireland's innovation capability."
Sam McCloskey, CASE centre manager said: "Our rationale is to support these companies to compete in the global sustainable energy market by funding industry led research and innovation in strategic renewable energy fields such as turbines, demand side management and energy from biomass.
"CASE will be the conduit that drives industry research, providing access to world class researchers and facilities thereby maximising the opportunities for proactive businesses to take advantage."
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