Research Clusters

Industry has identified the following research areas of strategic importance in Northern Ireland:


Bio-energy is a key component in the EU long-term strategy in all sectors, especially transport with a target contribution of up to 14% of the EU energy mix and up to 10% use in transport by 2020.

  1. Solid biomass to energy from thermal combustion
  2. Anaerobic digestion and,
  3. Biogas upgrade and energy conversion.

Energy Systems

The challenge of connecting renewable energy solutions to a grid that does not currently have the capacity remains a real issue in Northern Ireland. The Energy Systems research cluster will undertake research to overcome the challenges of renewables integration and security of supply in the fields of:

  1. Localised or community energy systems
  2. Demand side management
  3. Energy storage (all scales)
  4. Smart Grid solutions

Marine Renewable Energy

The turbine sector is diverse and covers:

  1. Onshore wind
  2. Offshore wind
  3. Wave
  4. Tidal
  5. Gas

The cluster covers the full lifecycle of turbine development, not just the device with a particular emphasis on marine renewable energy.