Posted on Thursday 26 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Research

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and Sam McCloskey, Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy, (CASE) Centre Manager.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced a new £7m research centre that will pioneer advances in sustainable energy technologies, creating 15 new research posts.

The Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) will focus on the development of highly innovative technologies for the sustainable energy sector.

The Centre will be industry-led, hosted at Queens University, and will draw upon the research capabilities of University of Ulster and the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute (AFBI).

CASE has been offered £5m of support from Invest NI, supporting industry led research in a key strategic sector for the Northern Ireland economy.

Minister 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."

Sam McCloskey, CASE Centre Manager added: "Today's turn out by industry at the CASE launch is testament to the fact that interest in research, development and innovation in energy is a key business focus. 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 taking first mover advantage."

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