26/09/2013

New £7m Research Centre Creates 15 New Posts

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 Queen's 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. This is the latest in a series of new Competence Centres being funded by Invest NI, designed to rapidly transform great research into commercial success.

Speaking at the launch of the Centre, Arlene 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.

"Invest Northern Ireland's wider support for Competence Centres aims to help turn great ideas into commercial realities. They bridge the gap between universities, research institutes and innovative businesses, representing a long-term strategic investment in Northern Ireland's innovation capability."

(CD/JP)

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