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Nimbus project receives EU funding

Thursday, 31st March, 2016 1:00am

CIT’s Nimbus Research Centre has secured €2 million in funding from the European Union for a project which in turn will create more jobs at the Internet of Things facility.

The Nimbus Centre has beaten off competition from industry experts to secure funding for a Horizon 2020 project, called E2District, which aims to transform the future of energy consumption in Europe.

Its contribution to this project will not only elevate the impact of Ireland on the European energy stage, it will also create five new jobs at the Nimbus Centre

As climate change is a hot topic right now, the focus of the E2District project is to develop a cloud-based software infrastructure. It will also include a strategy to manage and support smart energy usage and decision-making, for sustainable district heating and cooling systems.

Project coordinator Dr Martin Klepal said: ”We are delighted to be coordinating such an exciting project which has real potential to positively influence future European energy consumption patterns. Our involvement in E2District not only further strengthens CIT’s international position in this critical domain, it also reinforces Cork’s global reputation as a centre of excellence for technological innovation.”

The project aims to create a replicable model which can adapted for other similarly managed industrial or domestic sites - whether local, national, or international - with a view to delivering increased energy efficiencies and measurable cost-savings.

District energy systems, which pipe steam and hot or cold water around a district from a central location, are being used in a variety of cities worldwide because of their higher energy efficiency which can significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of cooling and heating.

This can result in improved air quality where district systems use renewable power sources, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and energy imports - increasing the resilience of cities to fuel price shocks.

The project is targeting energy cost savings of 30 per cent, indicating that eventual widespread adoption of similar smart district heating and cooling infrastructures could deliver significant efficiencies and reduced costs over the long-term.

The three-year E2District project is being coordinated by Dr Martin Klepal and his team, which includes Dr Christian Beder, Julia Blanke, Barry Gettings and Emily Twomey, at the Nimbus Centre.

The project is supported by global market leaders and key stakeholders in the provision of district heating and cooling system solutions - United Technologies Corporation (UTC Ireland), Veolia (France), Acciona, (Spain) and Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB France).

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