SEAI has €10m available to back energy projects

SEAI makes call for innovative projects to help accelerate Ireland’s transition to a clean and secure energy future.

Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) has revealed a new round of Government funding to support energy research and innovation projects.

The funding will support innovative research development and demonstration (RD&D) projects that can help Ireland transition to a cleaner energy future.

“Nationally and internationally, the emphasis is firmly on a green economic recovery, where research and innovation is front and centre”

Government support, in the form of a substantially increased budget, means this year SEAI expects to invest €10 million, in what is now a multi-year pipeline of energy RD&D projects.

More than 100 projects were successful under previous funding calls.

As a result, many companies and academic institutions are leading innovative projects and collaborations in the areas of wind energy, bioenergy, energy systems integration, energy efficiency, energy markets, smart grids, transportation, energy policy, community engagement and geothermal energy.

Looking for an energetic response

The deadline for applications for the call is the 29th of March 2021.

The 2021 call is open for applications from public and private sector organisations, either applying individually or as part of a consortium. As before, this year’s call will include both an open strand and a thematic strand.

Aligning with the Programme for Government and the Climate Action Plan, prioritised thematic topics include areas relating to wind and offshore renewable energy, green hydrogen, building energy efficiency and retrofit, as well as other energy sectoral priorities.

“Energy research and innovation are crucial components to achieve a low carbon economy for Ireland,” said Willian Walsh, CEO of the SEAI.

“Nationally and internationally, the emphasis is firmly on a green economic recovery, where research and innovation is front and centre. SEAI is committed to paving the way for the breakthrough solutions to clean and secure energy, and this RD&D funding will be instrumental to Ireland achieving 2030 targets and beyond.

“There is huge talent in the Irish Energy Research ecosystem and this is a call to our national experts to find Irish solutions for the Irish context,” Walsh said.

By John Kennedy (

Published: 17 February 2021