Navy unhappy UCC and CIT shut joint effort on research facility

Posted in Research on December 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Naval Service (INS) was disappointed by the decision of UCC and Cork Institute of Technology to shut down earlier this year a maritime research facility on which the three collaborated. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the INS claimed a report used by the two colleges to justify the closure of the Irish Marine and Energy Research Cluster (IMERC), in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, contained ‘inaccuracies and unsubstantiated assertions’ …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 18 December]

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Third Level Institutions: IMERC

Posted in Research on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the decision by University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology to withdraw staffing and funding from the Irish marine and energy research cluster IMERC in Ringaskiddy, County Cork (details supplied); and the future of the research facility, in view of this withdrawal by same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Colleges’ research partnership with navy ‘disbanded’

Posted in Research on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A partnership between two third-level colleges and the Irish Naval Service to promote commercial maritime research has been mothballed for ‘not being fit for purpose’. A review, last year, of the Irish Maritime and Energy Research Cluster, in Ringaskiddy, concluded that its operations were ‘creating difficulties’ and would damage the original aim of its sponsors …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 14 August]

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Kenny opens ‘world class’ maritime facility in Cork

Posted in Research on July 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A state-of-the-art maritime facility which will power the ‘blue economy’ was opened in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork on Saturday by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The 4,700m-squared five-storey Beaufort building with state-of-the-art wave simulators, test tanks, workshops and offices provides Ireland with world-class infrastructure for renewable energy and maritime research …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 11 July]

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Maritime and energy project gets €1.3m boost

Posted in Research on October 21st, 2013 by steve

“… The money will be spent in and around the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC) campus in the lower harbour area in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, to develop serviced sites — with access roads, wireless facilities, and broadband — to specifically attract foreign direct investment …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 21 October]

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Wave and tidal energy research focus of new €200 million laboratory

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2013 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to turn the sod today on an international ‘centre of excellence’ for maritime research in Cork harbour. The €15 million Beaufort laboratory will house a national ocean energy test facility and what may be the world’s largest concentration of wave and tidal energy researchers …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 11 July]

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UCC to Launch Beaufort Research

Posted in Research on October 23rd, 2012 by steve

“The Beaufort Research Laboratory at University College Cork (UCC) will take to the high seas on Thursday 18 October at 1pm for its official launch aboard the Irish Naval Vessel L.É. Róisín …” (more)

[Environment and Energy Management News, 23 October]

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200 jobs to be created at research laboratory

Posted in Research on October 15th, 2012 by steve

“Around 200 construction jobs will be created in the development of the world’s largest marine renewable energy research centre at Ringaskiddy. The development of UCC’s 14m Beaufort Research Laboratory will be officially launched on Thursday aboard the Irish Naval vessel LÉ Róisín …” (more)

[Ronan Bagnall, Evening Echo, 15 October]

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Maritime cluster project receives national award

Posted in Research, Teaching on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“The new concept of an Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster in Cork has received a public service excellence award by Taoiseach Enda Kenny …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 22 June]

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