ERNACT network secures €1.4M to pilot innovative smart energy solutions from EU’s prestigious NPA programme

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The successful consortium contains a mix of universities, business & the public sector from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway & Canada
20 March 2019 - DIGITAL REGIONS  project
The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020 announced today, 20th March, that they would fund the innovative “Smart Energy Management in Remote Northern, Peripheral and Arctic Regions” or SMARCTIC proposal. The proposal has a total budget of €1.4 million. 

The approach proposed by SMARCTIC to improving energy efficiency is quite unique - led by public authorities, but working with universities and businesses to create flexible demonstration test-beds based on applying technologies first used in a smart city setting, e.g., Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

ERNACT EEIG Chairperson, Councillor Gus Hastings, stated that, "this is another example of what can be achieved by the North West Ireland city-region, working together on a cross border basis in the context of European Union Funding."

Welcoming approval of the project, Brian Boyle, Chairperson of the European-wide ERNACT network, stated that, “the success has demonstrated the continuing value to local, regional and city authority regions working together in the vastly experienced ERNACT network to accelerate the digital transformation of their areas."

This proposal was developed by ERNACT’s experienced project development team located in Letterkenny (Ireland) in the North West Ireland cross border city region area. Commenting on this, Colm Mc Colgan, ERNACT General Manager, stated that, "the team has built up excellent skills in digital transformation, knowledge of EU innovation and research funding, financial and operational management of European projects and trans-European communications."

Starting in May 2019, this project will last for 3 years and will involve 11 partners from across Europe’s Northern Periphery and Arctic zone stretching from Finland through Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Iceland to Canada in North America.

Project Partners:
ERNACT (Ireland), Lapland University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Derry City & Strabane District Council (Northern Ireland), Heat Research and Development (Iceland), Donegal County Council (Ireland), Association of Local Authorities Västernorrland (Sweden).

Associate Partners: The Arctic University of Norway (Norway), Krambo Bostads AB (Sweden), Regional Council of Lapland (Finland), Municipality of Akureyri (Iceland), City of Mount Pearl (Canada).
ERNACT General Manager & Chairperson.

Click here to email  Eilís Mc Fadden at ERNACT for further information

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