LIT Tipperary takes the lead in Sustainable Energy Technologies

“Ireland has an opportunity to take the lead in the development of Smart Sustainable Technologies which will benefit energy security, sustainable development and the creation of employment” according to Dr Liam Noonan the programme chair of the Computing degree in Smart Sustainable Energy in LIT Tipperary.

LIT Tipperary have recently taken delivery of a number of new sustainable energy technologies so as to provide students with hands on practical experience in monitoring, assessment and design of new solutions to maximise energy efficiency. LIT Tipperary is also a partner in monitoring energy performance generated by the monitoring systems installed in 100 houses as part of the EU SERVE Project, as well as data from Eco village in Cloughjordan which include Ireland’s largest Solar Array, District heating and passive standard buildings.

“This comprehensive degree, which includes hands-on training and access to live data from sustainable communities, will give our students the necessary skills to be successful in the workforce upon graduation,” Dr Noonan explains. “Our goals for this degree are two-fold, to encourage and develop sustainable technologies, and to provide our students with the best, leading edge learning experience possible.”

The Smart Sustainable Energy degree provides a range of advanced modules in computing and sustainable energy technologies thus producing graduates with strong employment prospects within the sustainable energy and software development domain. Graduates will acquire the necessary knowledge to cope with the changing nature of the sustainable energy domain and the computing industry throughout their careers.

“This flagship degree program is the first of its kind in Ireland,” Dr Noonan said. “This degree  builds on our continued leadership in the renewable energy and sustainable development sector. We are the first college to offer a degree in the converging area of Computing and Sustainable Energy and we are delighted to be partnered with the Eco village in Cloughjordan and their community”

With the spiraling costs of fossil fuel based energy such as oil the environmental technologies market is forecast to reach €2.3 trillion by 2020, while in the EU the sector employs 3.4 million people and turns over €227bn annually.

Eco Evolution, a renewable energy business based in Co. Wexford and Switch Source a Photovoltaic company based in Co. Antrim, have designed and supplied LIT Tipperary with a Solar PV Trainer station for use on the Smart Sustainable degree programme.

“Eco Evolution is thrilled to be partnering with LIT Tipperary on this exciting project” said Frank Gethings, managing director. “We firmly believe that degree programmes like this are the way of the future and that LIT Tipperary are leading the charge on behalf of third level institutions across Ireland”

For more information please visit http://www.lit.ie/Tip/TecMedSci/Courses/113/default.aspx or contact Dr Liam Noonan at 0504 28254 or email liam.noonan@lit.ie

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