Galway East TD and Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Seán Canney has called for research groups to seek funding from the Government's €4 million programme for 2019 for projects aimed at greening Ireland's national energy supply.

The National Energy Research, Development and Demonstration funding programme is a Government initiative that funds innovative energy research projects.

Minister Canney says the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland - SEAI - funded some excellent projects in last year's round, including a project led by Dr Miriam Byrne at NUI Galway, where researchers have been collaborating with colleagues at University College Dublin to investigate the effectiveness of ventilation systems in A-rated energy efficient homes.

"Galway-based pharmaceutical company, Westway Health, also received funding from the SEAI to work in partnership with NUIG researchers to examine ways of reducing greenhouse emissions from slurry.

"Westway has developed an antimicrobial additive that is safe for humans, animals and the environment that is now being assessed for its effectiveness in producing biogas energy from slurry."

The Galway projects were among 52 awards made under the programme last year.

Applications are accepted from companies, public sector and semi-state bodies and research organisations, including universities, Institutes of Technology and publicly-funded institutions.

Applications open from today (January 21) and will close on March 7.

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