This project will increase the region’s research and innovation capacity by creating a cross border Virtual Research Graduate School in the area of Mass Energy Storage (MES). It will boost collaboration between Research Institutes and SMEs and intensify technological innovation and commercialisation in the region.

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Transport is widely regarded as the next major challenge in the UK’s decarbonisation journey. Recent developments in electric vehicles (EVs) worldwide mean that this technology is optimally placed to help lower emissions from road transport. Thanks to the recent acquisition of an electric vehicle (EV), researchers at Ulster University are exploring the potential of this new technology.

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The Northern Ireland Demand Flexibility Map

Ulster University’s Interreg-funded SPIRE 2 project has developed a Demand Flexibility map, an interactive tool designed to help develop an effective flexibility strategy and implementation pathway for Northern Ireland.

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Smart Meters and Flexible Demand In Northern Ireland

Funded by Northern Ireland’s Department for the Economy, this report finds a severe mismatch between variability and flexibility in the NI power system. It outlines ten key recommendation to empower consumers and harness NI’s major untapped energy resource – flexible demand.

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