Press Release 14 Dec 2012

Tyndall National Institute has announced the appointment of Professor Tony Day as the Director of the International Energy Research Centre (IERC).

The IERC is a new, industry-led, collaborative centre of excellence established to drive commercially focused innovations in integrated energy systems, and will be hosted at Tyndall National Institute in Cork.

Prof Day will join IERC on 10th December 2012 from his role as Professor of Energy in the Built Environment at London South Bank University and Director of the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings.  He has extensive research and industry consultancy experience in energy technology analysis, as well as measurement and verification of energy systems performance and strategic energy policy development in the UK.

During his career to date, he has been responsible for developing innovative energy research facilities, new commercial services, and best practice guidance that can respond to the fast changing needs of the energy sector. As a Chartered Engineer he is a problem solver, with a keen understanding of business practice and of the processes for energy policy development.

He is currently leading the Task Group for the European Standard for Energy Audits in Buildings, was Chair of the UK Solar Energy Society 2010 – 2012, and has an extensive publications record in the field.

Commenting on this strategic appointment, Tyndall Chairman Dr Alastair Glass stated:“With such a strong track record in the energy space, Prof Day’s extensive leadership experience in the field will help deliver high impact solutions to real-world energy problems and will play a pivotal role in the international development of IERC in the years ahead.”

Brendan McDonagh, Director of Planning in IDA commented:“The Centre is a game changer in that it will generate additional investment from Multinational companies and will support the development of indigenous companies in the energy efficiency related area.  We anticipate jobs and investments to follow from the commercialised focus of the research work”

The IERC brings together leading Irish and international companies and energy researchers with the aim of leveraging research, development and demonstration capabilities, leading to a faster market delivery of innovative energy systems and technologies.  The Centre supports existing companies in Ireland, will encourage new companies into Ireland and will facilitate the spin-out of technologies into new start-up companies. The IERC has been established with the support of the Irish Government, through significant investment and collaboration between four Government agencies – Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

About the Tyndall National Institute
Tyndall National Institute (Tyndall) at University College Cork is one of Europe’s leading research centres specialising in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hardware, with over 400 staff, postgraduate students and academic & industrial visiting researchers. The Institute undertakes internationally-leading research in new materials, devices and systems, focusing on the delivery of value from research. Tyndall uses its state-of-the-art research facilities and expertise to support industry and academia nationally and provides large numbers of highly qualified graduates to PhD and post-doctoral level, key to the development of Ireland’s economy.  Tyndall has over 200 industry partnerships and customers worldwide, and several startup companies in Ireland have been based on technologies originating at the Institute. Its researchers include 130 postgraduate students and 42 nationalities are represented at all levels, with its research published in over 200 peer reviewed publications last year. Income for 2011 was over €30m.

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