Funded by the Ecosurety Exploration Fund, the RE:Solve project is being delivered in collaboration with project partner, Ulster University, to create a method to sustainably deal with food waste plastic packaging from anaerobic digestion plants that is heavily contaminated with organic matter (food waste). The project aims to reduce the amount of contaminated food waste plastic packaging that is consigned to landfill where it decomposes releasing harmful greenhouse gases by using a novel method to process the waste to “clean” and separate it and identify recycling and recovery routes for the separated materials; the food residue and plastic packaging.
Supported by the INTERREG VA Programme with investment of €6.1 million, Renewable Engine is a cross border project aimed at facilitating direct knowledge transfer and technology development within Advanced Manufacturing and Renewable Energy sectors. The project’s research themes focus on energy generation, energy storage and innovative enabling technologies.
South West College is one of seven project partners on the FASTER – Facilitating a Sustainable Transition to EVs in the Regions programme which will deliver 73 rapid charging points for electric vehicles across Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland by May 2023. The project has received funding investment of €6.4 million under the INTERREG VA Programme and South West College will be responsible for leading public and industry engagements and communications to encourage increased use of electric vehicles and sustainable transport systems.
South West College has been awarded Erasmus+ funding to carry out the HySkills project which aims to provide training on the subject of green hydrogen (H2) safety skills in order to help commit to the transition to renewable energy use. HySkills will facilitate advances in hydrogen technologies as well as shape and develop the associated knowledge and skills that will be required to successfully implement the hydrogen economy within NI, to try and adapt to carbon emission reduction targets addressed in the Paris Climate Agreement.
CARE – Climate Action in Rural Environments is an Erasmus+ Programme designed to help fight global warming. The project will enable young people to voice their concerns, expectations, and ideas for policy change. Through a series of 30 workshops young people will work together to establish a set of evidence-based policy recommendations to ensure the views of the next generation are considered in the shaping of future policy. The young people will present and debate their findings to Mid Ulster District Council and the Northern Ireland Executive
South West College has placed sustainability at the very heart of the design of a number of our Campus buildings.
The Erne Campus
The Erne Campus will be the first educational building and largest in the world to achieve the Passive House Premium status and the BREEAM Outstanding certification for sustainable design. The campus will open its doors to students for the first time in September 2021 and will offer world class teaching and learning facilities, ensuring that students are equipped with the skills to make an immediate impact in industry not just locally, but globally. The Campus has been designed to make significant cost savings in energy usage and will lead the way in the design and construction of educational buildings throughout the world for decades to come.
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The Centre for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technologies provides support and assistance for the renewable energy, sustainability, environmental and construction industries The CREST Passive Pavillion in Enniskillen is one of the most sustainable buildings in the UK and Ireland meeting Passive House, BREEAM Excellent and Carbon Neutral building standards. The CREST R & D laboratory hosts a range of new laboratory testing equipment to service the biogas and biomass industries with the ability to manufacture and test biomass products.
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