University College Cork is a leading educational centre located in the south-west of Ireland with an extremely strong focus on research and innovation. The university was founded in 1845 and continuously ranks highly on the QS World University Rankings. DEPOTEC is being managed through the UCC Environmental Research Institute (ERI) which has a strong track record both for national and international projects. The Institute has over 150 dedicated researchers who are focused on five thematic research areas; 1. Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering 2. Environmental Chemistry 3. Environmental Microbial Chemistry 4. Biodiversity and Ecotoxicology 5. Marine and Freshwater.
The Aristotle Univeristy of Thessaloniki (AUTH) is the largest university in Greece with more than 81,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The DEPOTEC project is being managed through the department of chemical engineering which is vastly experienced and was established in 1972. At AUTH, there is an interdisciplinary cooperation among schools and laboratories thereby ensuring that each project receives specific focus from the most qualified personnel. The department staff are focused on four sections that cover the main educational, scientific and research areas of activities: 1. Chemistry 2. Analysis, Design and Control of Chemical Processes and Plants 3. Unit Operations 4. Applied Thermodynamics Technologies.
Erneside Engineering is a leading mechanical engineering contractor established in 1978 with offices both in Ireland and the UK . To date, Erneside have completed a number of successful research projects and are continually striving to be at the forefront of the mechanical industry. They have the capability to provide complete in-house services from design, planning and construction through to handover thus ensuring that they retain control over projects and a smooth delivery. Erneside’s ability to deliver projects safely, on schedule and on budget to the highest possible quality standard can be attributed to their highly skilled engineering and technical staff along with an experienced and proactive management team.
Premier Green Energy (PGE) was incorporated in 2010 and employs 12 people in Thurles. PGE’s mission is to provide superior biofuels and waste-to-energy conversion systems that provide cost effective, flexible, efficient and environmentally-friendly solutions to clients’ waste management and energy supply requirements. PGE’s current business involves offering turnkey solution packages that comprise of modelling and design, fabrication and manufacturing, assembly and commissioning of advanced thermal treatment systems. PGE have a test pyrolysis plant located in Ballycurrane Industrial Estate which is 1km from the Thurles town. This plant is capable of processing a variety of feedstocks such as; – Municipal waste – Woodchip – Bio fuels – Dried sewerage sludge
The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of Life+ is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value. LIFE began in 1992 and to date there have been three complete phases of the programme (LIFE I: 1992-1995, LIFE II: 1996-1999 and LIFE III: 2000-2006). During this period, LIFE has co-financed some 3,104 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €2.2 billion to the protection of the environment. DEPOTEC is part of the LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance component .The Environment Policy & Governance component continues and extends the former LIFE Environment programme. It will co-finance innovative or pilot projects that contribute to the implementation of European environmental policy and the development of innovative policy ideas, technologies, methods and instruments. It will also help monitor pressures (including the long-term monitoring of forests and environmental interactions) on our environment.