The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has said it will invest €20 million of government funding this year in energy research and innovation.

The funding is for energy research and demonstration (RD&D) projects that will help accelerate Ireland’s transition towards a clean and secure energy future, SEAI said.

Since 2018, under previous calls for funding, over 240 projects have been implemented in areas such as energy system integration, energy efficiency, energy markets and smart grids.

“New technologies, approaches and solutions are urgently needed to help us develop a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system and move towards a clean energy future,” said Environment Minister Eamon Ryan. “Research and innovation are essential to accelerate Ireland’s decarbonisation path, delivering more effective technological solutions.”

The Irish government wants 80% of its energy market to come from renewable sources by 2030. In November magazine pw reported its goals, which included 8 GW of solar power by the end of the decade. According to data from the International Renewable Energy Agency, 738 MW was installed in the country by the end of 2023.

This year, Ireland’s largest ever battery factory began commercial operation, while the authorities also introduced a home energy loan scheme motivating citizens to install heat pumps, solar energy and solar water heaters in their homes.

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