The Irish Government has recently announced an investment of €95m for groundbreaking projects under its Disruptive Technologies Fund. In total 29 projects have been funded covering areas such as life sciences, medical devices, ICT, artificial intelligence, manufacturing and environmental sustainability. Our centre has been successful as a partner in two funded projects under this scheme: Sempre-Subsea Micropiles: Robotic Drill & Prototype Foundation Development, Test & Evaluation, UL lead by Dr Edin Omerdic and Guard: Drug Interdiction Using Smart Drones, UL lead by Dr Gearad Dooly.
Sempre will develop micro piles for subsea anchoring use, which will lower the cost, have substantial environmental benefits, improve seabed access. The aim of the project is to reduce the cost of offshore wind installations by up to 20%. This project received €2.88m, and the coordinator is Minicon PLC, with UL, UCD and Subsea Micropiles Ltd as partners.
The GUARD project received €5.1m. It aims to support Naval Services with an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Solution to improve maritime security and position Ireland as a leader in smart drones. Tyndall National Institute is the coordinator, while partners are A-TechSyn Ltd, University of Limerick, VRAI Ltd, University College Dublin, WAZP, Defence Forces and Naval Service, Revenue and Customs.