Ulster University launches energy storage research with £6m funding
Ulster University has announced an EU-funded, €6.7m (£6m) cross-border research project to develop energy storage ideas for consumers.
The project will look into energy storage methods such as thermochemical material storage and heat pump design.
And it will provide work for 17 PhD students and six post-doctoral researchers.
Spire 2 has won its funding from the EU's INTERREG VA programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
There has also been financial support from the Republic's Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland.
Ulster University will be collaborating with three research institutes and 14 businesses through a 'virtual research graduate school'.
Partners include AES Kilroot Power, which owns Kilroot and Ballylumford power stations, the Dundalk Institute of Technology and manufacturer Glen Dimplex.
Project leader professor Neil Hewitt from Ulster University said the project will look at how storage can get round the problem of the variability of output from renewable energy sources.
"If consumers can store energy effectively, that will allow very high levels of renewables to be integrated into power grids globally, at the same time as putting consumers at the heart of the energy system," he said.