The EIfI-Tech Network

The International EIfI-Tech Network

 

The European Institute for Innovation – Technology works on a variety of international projects, merging technical innovation with economic deployment. Thus, the EIfI-Tech is known for its work with innovation and entrepreneurs, with the goal of shortening the connection with industry and academia partners.

 

Through its broad networks, EIfI-Tech continues to build up regional connections to early stage business proposals in RIS3 sectors in a variety of contexts. The EIfI-Tech operational team manages the delivery of project work programmes working in partnership with national and international agencies, learning institutions, the private sector and people – the so-called “Quadruple Helix”.

 

The ever-expanding international EIfI-Tech partnership aims to embody this Quadruple Helix approach on an international scale, which is focused on but is in no way limited to European development.

 

 

Benefits of EIfI-Tech Membership

 

For a local authority – or for any private or public entity – taking part in local, regional, national and transnational projects offers many opportunities: an effective way for you to develop and implement ideas, to discuss them with partners from other cultural backgrounds, learn alternative ways to solve problems, market your organisation internationally, and make valuable networks & contacts. It may even be a way for organisations to fund aspirations. Working together with other partners from different thematic or cultural background can save money and time, to concentrate directly on the individual tasks of an local authority, university, or for any private or public entity.

 

The above sounds easy – however, tender proposals or state aid often use complex language which is time-consuming, if not familiar and often can be an intimidating task for inexperienced individuals & organisations. The European Institute for Innovation – Technology and its stakeholders could support your organisation along the various stages of project preparation, from its initial concept through to its approval. Since its inception, the European Institute for Innovation – Technology has worked in different thematic and strategic networks and offers the ideal and most suitable access to funding programs and national/European decision makers.

 

Contact us

Chris Ashe (Director)

c.ashe@eifi-tech.eu

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On Friday, 1st of October from 10:00-12:00 BST (11:00-13:00 CET), the European Institute for Innovation - Technology hosted the  "Belfast Power 2 X - Solutions for Net Zero" digital conference and HySkills multiplier event, which served as an informative presentation and moderated discussion on the future of green hydrogen in the context of the Belfast Power-2-X (BP2X) and EU-funded Erasmus+ HySkills projects. The aim of the conference was to navigate into the green hydrogen future and to develop a clear understanding of green hydrogen from both the industry’s and the community’s perspective. Through engaging presentations from hydrogen professionals, including an opening presentation by Richards Rodgers, Head of Energy at the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland, the comprehensive event explored the means for reinforcing a green hydrogen (GH2) economy and to integrate the needs for investment interests, business models, and the GH2 value chain – including skills development through the EU Erasmus+ project, HySkills. The conference boasted a diverse mix of high-level public and private sector presenters, the presentations for which are now available (below) for download.
Participants of the event are invited to provide their feedback on the event via the event feedback form.
Join us on Friday, 1st of October from 10:00-12:00 UK Time (11:00-13:00 CET) for the "Belfast Power 2 X - Solutions for Net Zero" digital conference, a networking & dissemination event of the BP2X Network and Erasmus+ HySkills project focused on the future of green hydrogen. The aim of the conference is to navigate into the green hydrogen future and to develop a clear understanding of green hydrogen from both the industry’s and the community’s perspective. Through engaging presentations from hydrogen professionals, this comprehensive event shall explore the means for reinforcing a green hydrogen (GH2) economy and to integrate the needs for investment interests, business models, and the GH2 value chain – including skills development through the EU Erasmus+ project, HySkills. The conference will have a diverse mix of high-level public and private sector presenters. Registration is free but mandatory for participation in the event. Register here
 
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Speakers

  Richards Rodgers - Head of Energy at the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland David Surplus OBE – CEO, B9 Energy and lead partner of Belfast Power 2-X (BP2X) Steven Agnew – Head of Renewables NI Dr. John Harrison – South West College, HySkills Director  
 

Speaker biographies

  Richard Rodgers Richard Rodgers is Head of Energy, Department for the Economy, with over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry - British Gas for 8, Phoenix Natural Gas for 12, as MD (International) at Eaga for 5 years, responsible for the delivery of fuel poverty programmes for Governments across the world, Strategic Advisor (Energy) at the Strategic Investment Board for 4 years and for the past 3 years as Head of Energy in the Department for the Economy. Richard was a non-executive director on the Board of the Utility Regulator for 8 years (until March 2019). Steven Agnew Steven Agnew is Head of RenewableNI, the trade association and voice for the renewable electricity industry in Northern Ireland. He previously served for eight years as MLA for North Down during which time he chaired the All Party Group on Renewables and sat on the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee scrutinising energy policy. David Surplus - OBE, BSc, CEng, M.I.Mar E.S.T. David graduated from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne as a Marine Engineer in 1980 and then joined the merchant navy to gain practical experience. In 1992 David, together with 4 others, formed the B9 Energy group of companies which developed and built 10 onshore wind farm projects and became the UK and Ireland’s largest independent operator of wind plant with 49 wind farms under contract. Wind farm commissioning, inspection and major component changeout services were also delivered across the USA from an office in Boulder, Colorado. In addition, B9 developed and built Northern Ireland’s first utility scale anaerobic digestion power station with a capacity of 90,000 tons per annum of organic waste diverted from landfill. David is now carrying out extensive work on energy storage (including Power-to-X), micro-grids and district heating systems with a view to disrupting the chronic constraints associated with the operation of AD, wind, solar and tidal farms. In 2000, B9 Energy commenced its involvement in renewably powered transport by investing in electric vans to support their wind farm maintenance work. This has progressed to the production and distribution of road mobile compressed biomethane for stationary power generation and fleet vehicle refuelling applications. B9 are currently specifying a similar solution with compressed hydrogen and have recently acquired 2 x hydrogen fuel cell powered electric buses from Aberdeen City Council. David is past Chairman of the MATRIX Sustainable Energy Advisory Panel in Northern Ireland and current Chairman of the North South Market Development Steering Group (NSMDSG) on waste management. He was awarded an OBE in the 2015 birthday honours list for “services to renewable energy especially in Northern Ireland”. John Harrison - BSc, PhD John is an experienced PRINCE2 qualified Project Manager with over 10 years’ experience in innovation and renewable energy sectors. He is currently the Project Lead / WP Lead for multiple EU funded/private sector projects, including - RENEWABLE ENGINE – €6.1m Collaborative EU Research & Innovation Project, operating across a network of research institutes, aimed at facilitating direct knowledge transfer and technology development within the Advanced Manufacturing and Renewable Energy sectors, focusing on Energy Generation, Energy Storage and enabling technologies, including Industry 4.0 and AR; FASTER: £5.8m project funded through the EU’s INTERREG VA programme will see significant investment in the Electric Rapid Charging vehicle point network across 3 partner regions of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland, involving the installation of 73 electric rapid charging points at areas of defined need; HYSKILLS: development of modular training courses enhanced with practical training focused on delivery and implementation of green hydrogen. The project will seek to attain suitable accreditation to allow future workers to become fully competent in key skills for delivery the critical green hydrogen sector.
 

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