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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | The use of Miscanthus as an Alternative Energy Source
    source when compared to other biomass Though miscanthus is being used as an energy source in mainland Europe the different climate and scale of use means that there is a requirement for technical data industry standards and processing and combustion information for Irish conditions The GESCOs have experienced significant barriers to the commercial implementation of miscanthus as a viable biofuel in Ireland They approached the Institute of Technology Carlow to assist them in designing an efficient controllable process for the generation of miscanthus fuelled biomass energy with financial return GEOCore is a strategic research centre based at IT Carlow It conducts research focusing on developing a capability in modelling testing investigation and analysis techniques to optimise building energy and systems performance and to bring all built environment elements together in a multidisciplinary approach in collaboration with industry In partnership with the GESCOs GeoCore developed a best practice framework for the processing of miscanthus as an energy source It is anticipated that when this framework is developed to its full potential the National GESCO Network will be in a position to offer a large scale indigenous secure sustainable and carbon positive energy supply to Ireland s energy consumers The Centre also worked with one of the GESCOs Kilogen Ltd to develop a prototype for the processing of miscanthus for large scale storage GeoCore assisted the company with the construction installation and testing of the prototype and provided recommendations for its implementation GEOCore are continuing to work with the members of GEGA to develop a process for the local production and processing of miscanthus as an alternative energy source for Ireland Testimonials Kilogen considers it very important for its business to work with an accredited external research partner in order to gain and develop knowledge in a structured and scientific way We

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2011-case-studies/938-the-use-of-miscanthus-as-an-alternative-energy-source (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | IT Tralee Industry led Undergraduate Projects
    partnership The CIMSS based in the School of Engineering at IT Tralee promotes the research convergence between industry and academia to generate long term sustainable and flexible solutions for industry The centre focuses on the integration of intelligent electro mechanical systems robotics and sensors for industrial applications in agriculture energy and healthcare In 2010 the final year students of the Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical and Electronic Engineering at the Institute of Technology Tralee were encouraged to undertake industrially focused research projects Some of these projects were in collaboration with Dairymaster The projects ranged from remote parlour system monitoring intelligent cleaning in place systems to improved auto ID antenna designs During these projects the students worked with mentors from within Dairymaster and the company benefited from the expertise and results provided by the IT Tralee students At the end of the academic year a competition was held to identify the best engineering project The competition was sponsored by Dairymaster as part of their ongoing collaboration with CIMSS The winning project was designed by Padraig Kennedy who developed an intelligent cow foot bath design He was awarded a prize of a Dairymaster crystal trophy 500 cash and a 3 month summer studentship at Dairymaster After his 3 month studentship Padraig was offered a full time position at Dairymaster and is now a project engineer in the mechanical design office IT Tralee and Dairymaster are continuing their collaborative partnership which will allows the company to continue its R D work and to bring more intelligent solutions to market Testimonials Dairymaster were very pleased to engage with the Centre for Intelligent Mechatronics and Sensors CIMSS at the Institute of Technology Tralee and with the expertise service and results that the students provided us with Working with external personnel who can deliver results and

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Doctorate in Business Administration – Linking Theory and Practice
    to contribute to the enrichment of trans disciplinary professional practice in management and to lead organisations and communities facing a complex global business environment DBA participants are senior executives from both Public and Private Sector organisations The programme is based on an innovative three stage model which guides each participant through the doctoral process It incorporates a number of residential and campus based workshops physical and virtual informal meetings and independent research maintaining a balance between peer and self led learning within the programme This programme benefits from an interactive web based learning environment that was developed in liaison with the WIT eLearning team This allows participants to contribute to live discussions and share insights on their research A comprehensive review of prevailing literature allowed Outside Thinking to gain a better understanding of stakeholder engagement in the creative process This engagement has informed Monica s research model Monica also maintained a reflective log throughout the research cycle chronicling both the research journey and her own personal journey of self development Through bridging the gap between theory and practice this research will add to the field of place branding knowledge and will seek to provide guidance for further studies in this relatively new discipline Testimonials My participation in the DBA programme has yielded enormous benefits in my approach and contributed to the strategic direction of my business research In coupling a newly gained knowledge of the current literature and best practice in my field of study with my day to day experience on the ground I have gained new insights and seen my understanding of the complexity of stakeholder engagement result in breaking new ground On a personal development front the practice of reflection in my business life and decision making has been very valuable learning Monica Leech CEO Outside Thinking

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Improving the Development Process for e-Commerce Software
    software quality and software process improvement SToRC has a long track record of working with industry and in solving challenging technical problems for both small and large organisations Mr Fergal Downey a member of the management team within the retail bank embarked on a direct funded research project in partnership with SToRC The focus of the project was to define the existing software development practices in the company and to identify potential areas for improvement This research identified that the sooner the QA team becomes involved in the process the quicker they can provide valuable feedback to the development team This enables the identification and removal of defects in the software soon after they are introduced and reduces the time needed to develop and test a product The practice identified during this project continued after the research was concluded and was adopted by teams within the organisation other than those involved in the original research It has led to an improved quality and time to market of the e commerce software products within the bank Mr Downey used this project as a means to gain a postgraduate qualification He completed his M Sc by research and graduated from DkIT in 2010 He is now employed in another start up organisation where he has implemented many of the practices that he learnt during his partnership with SToRC Testimonials There were numerous benefits to my organisation of working with SToRC Firstly we were able to leverage the experience and knowledge that SToRC staff had gained on previous similar research Secondly we found that the initial industry based approach lacked the rigour in terms of evidence and methodology that was provided through the partnership with SToRC Finally the work was carried out within the context of other industrial and academic research current and

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | FireMagic FireMaker – Encouraging and promoting a Greener and Safer Environment
    an innovative efficient and environmentally friendly fire block The company spent a year on the Institute s Enterprise Platform Programme during which they received business support and mentoring access to funding and introductions to valuable networks As a result of the support from the Enterprise Research Incubation Centre the company was able to progress the design and manufacturing method of their lead product In March 2010 InfernEco entered into a joint venture with Bord na Móna to launch its FireMagic FireMaker product Kerosene free quicker to ignite and generating heat more quickly FireMagic is a key new product in Bord na Móna s eco friendly range of solid fuel solutions It is economical to use and provides a convenient substitute for other fire making products guarantying the intense glow of a full real fire within 15 minutes of lighting In 2010 FireMagic FireMaker became Bord na Móna s biggest new product development representing a total investment of over 1 million The product was launched in November 2010 and took 7 of the ignitions market in the first seven weeks After 12 weeks over 1 million units had been sold and FireMagic FireMaker was shortlisted for a national award in the innovative sector the winner of which will be revealed in May 2011 The FireMagic FireMaker is to be launched on the British market in September 2011 and plans to launch it on the American market are also in place InfernEco are preparing to introduce two new innovative products to the Irish marketplace in November 2011 and are planning to continuously develop new products on an ongoing basis Testimonials Working with the Enterprise Research Incubation Centre at IT Carlow was a very pleasurable experience a means of comfort when doubt set in and a confidence growing experience that is essential to

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2011-case-studies/942-firemagic-firemaker-encouraging-and-promoting-a-greener-and-safer-environment (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Advances in Medical Technology through Convergence
    The Regulated Software Research Group RSRG at Dundalk Institute of Technology DKIT is an internationally recognised research group led by Dr Fergal Mc Caffery a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator and Stokes Lecturer The group performs innovative applied research that is focused on improving medical device software development processes making them safer and more efficient This expertise in software development positioned the RSRG as the perfect partner in this collaboration Over a period of several months the RSRG collaborated with the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute and the Applied Optics Group to develop a suite of courses called Advances in Medical Technology through Convergence AMTC Funding for the development of the AMTC was provided through the Life Sciences Skillnet training programme for industry All three research centres are funded through Science Foundation Ireland There are currently 15 courses offered by the three partner colleges which are designed to help participants understand the latest advances in medical technology Participants can attend the courses as stand alone courses or complete the full suite The RSRG at DKIT is responsible for the delivery of three courses that are focused upon introducing cutting edge regulatory compliant medical device software processes into the Irish medical device industry The AMTC currently forms part of the Life Sciences Skillnet and is being run in association with the Irish Medical Devices Association IMDA The AMTC courses that have been delivered so far have been well received by members of the medical device industry In addition to transferring knowledge from the research groups to industry these courses also provided additional opportunities for collaboration between each of the research groups and the industry participants Testimonials Through working with Dr Fergal Mc Caffery from the Regulated Software Research Group we were able to include medical device software process courses within the AMTC programme

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Long Term Cell Storage for Drug Research
    benefits for clients companies due to the potential reduction in the overall number of animals used in research and development Established in 2009 the Ion Channel Biotechnology Centre ICBC is the commercialisation arm of the Smooth Muscle Research Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology DKIT As an industry engaged centre the ICBC works on many collaborative projects with national and international companies and research institutes The capabilities of the ICBC include laboratory facilities for electrophysiology confocal microscopy intracellular ion imaging whole tissue set ups tension measuring and equipment to enable intracellular electrode recordings The research interests of the ICBC are focused on ion channels and their role in the physiological function of cells which can be indicative of the overall health of cells and tissues Biostór Ireland engaged the ICBC to identify methods to improve the longer term storage of primary cells for direct supply to industrial customers The ICBC conducted analysis using confocal microscopy and electrophysiology techniques on the viability of cells that had been stored in a variety of conditions The results of these analyses were reported to the company As the initial findings looked promising the ICBC and Biostor Ireland are continuing to collaborate to fully investigate the challenges and feasibility of producing this product in a commercially viable way This research was supported by Enterprise Ireland initially through an Innovation Voucher project and subsequently through an Innovation Partnership project Testimonials From start to finish it has been a pleasure working with the group at ICBC Their approach and follow up throughout the project was exceptional and the work was completed within a short time frame We could badly do with a lot more places like ICBC DkIT and there are many 3rd level institutes in the country that could benefit greatly from their professionalism The result

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Carrick-On-Suir: Destination Analysis – Planning and Development
    to shop local thereby supporting local jobs The RIKON Group at Waterford Institute of Technology has successfully worked with a number of businesses in the South East region to help them achieve competitiveness In particular the group offers expertise in the area of destination management and marketing and has experience in converting consumer requirements into strategic development proposals The COSBA engaged The RIKON Group to develop a destination planning and development campaign to promote the town as a shopping and tourist destination The association also wished to identify considerations for the future development and planning of the town in particular its retail and business environment The RIKON Group developed a report that presented key information on demographic spending patterns product purchasing trends and customer preferred retail destinations in Carrick On Suir This report indicated a clear need for future development in the town and highlighted avenues for improvements They also developed an online platform for visitors prospective businesses and locals to access information on the town www yourcarrick ie This website provides key information on local businesses as well as events and initiatives in the town to promote Carrick On Suir as a destination As a direct result of the research conducted by The RIKON Group the COSBA launched a massive shop local campaign in an effort to reinforce the importance of shopping locally in these challenging times In addition the development and launch of www yourcarrick ie has showcased the town as a shopping and tourist destination globally Testimonials I can only say that The RIKON Group have exceeded our expectations in all respects They are extremely capable from an academic and a strategic destination development perspective Their ability to identify design and deliver research that is in sync and of high quality while remaining focused in the core

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