The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced the doubling of investment in research, development and demonstration projects to €2 million (£1.7m) this year.
The fund is open to industry and academia to support sustainable energy research into new market solutions that overcome barriers in the move to a secure, clean energy future.
Priority areas include energy efficiency, energy storage and public engagement, with the programme open to various proposal types, including field research and feasibility studies.
Dr Eimear Cotter, Head of Low Carbon Technologies with SEAI said: “SEAI welcomes the decision by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to double the RD&D fund to €2 million (£1.7m).
“This comes on foot of a heavily oversubscribed programme in 2016 with high quality applications across a broad range of sustainable energy research and development. This is a really strong indicator of the vibrancy of Ireland’s energy research environment across academia and industry.”
Since 2002, SEAI has provided €26 million (£22.6m) funding through its energy research and development programme.