Glantreo in 2 successful Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund (DTIF) Consortia

Glantreo are proud to announce that they are key technology partners in 2 successful Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund (DTIF) consortia. These 2 projects, with a total budget of over €10m, allow Glantreo to partner with world-class companies and research groups, expand their existing products and capability in the wider energy materials space and bring new products to market that can have a significant commercial impact on the development of the company.

With an overall budget of €5.57m and with grant aid of €3.65m, the goal of the TRIDENT project is to develop a low-cost, high-performance Na-ion smart battery system using entirely sustainable materials and processes. The name of the project is derived from the ambition to provide a complete plug and play solution for grid-integrated residential battery energy storage systems (BESS) through development of the 3 prongs of the TRIDENT:

  1. Low-Cost Sustainable Sodium-ion Battery Chemistry
  2. Balance of System Hardware (including Wireless Battery Monitoring System (BMS) and power electronics)
  3. Flexible Energy Asset Controller for Grid-Integrtaion

Glantreo and University of Limerick will play the key roles in developing the first prong of the project; Low-Cost Sustainable Sodium-ion Battery Chemistry.

Introducing NanoTherm: reducing energy in heating and cooling systems using carbon nanofluids

The growth of energy used for commercial and industrial space cooling is accelerating and is becoming a potential impediment to meeting global climate targets. Worldwide, energy for space cooling tripled between 1990 and 2016, and could triple again by 2050 at current trends. For Ireland, with its focus on developing a data centre cluster in the Dublin region, cooling is increasingly becoming an issue with current projections showing the potential for these centres to consume 29% of national electricity generation by 2028. This is clearly unsustainable and requires novel approaches to facilitate energy-reduction solutions based on disruptive research and technology. One such solution in NanoTherm.

Recently approved under the national Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) programme, NanoTherm is a €4.57M project which has received grant aid of €2.85M. NanoTherm brings together three Irish partners, two SMEs and the SFI Research Centre AMBER and Trinity College Dublin (AMBER).  The lead partner, HT Materials Science Ltd (HTMS) is a research-driven innovator in nanofluids, while Glantreo Ltd is a long-established synthesizer of both porous and non-porous nanomaterials for application in chemical purification and separation.  AMBER has considerable expertise in nanomaterials, surface engineering and thermal fluid sciences, and manufacturing systems design. The complementary expertise and focus of the partners will accelerate the development of the technology from lab scale proof of concept trials (Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3) through pilot scale production to end user deployment and testing (TRL7).

About DTIF

The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) is a €500 million fund established under Project Ireland 2040.

The purpose of DTIF is to drive collaboration between Ireland’s world-class research base and industry as well as facilitating enterprises to compete directly for funding in support of the development and deployment of disruptive and innovative technologies on a commercial basis. These technologies should:

+ Alter markets;

+ Alter the way business operates;

+ Involve new products or the emergence of new business models.