CREST

Description

CREST was established through a unique collaboration which pools expertise, resources and know-how from four colleges that have led on sustainability training and innovation in the  Scotland Ireland and    Northern Ireland  , namely SWC, Cavan Innovation and Technology Centre, Institute of Technology Sligo and Dumfries & Galloway.

The cross-border facility is supported by the EU INTERREG IVA programme managed by the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB) with match funding from the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Northern Ireland; and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in IrelandCollege in Scotland.

Staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of sustainability and innovation professionals, the £1.5M Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST) provides specialist education, training and R&D support to help small and medium-sized firms compete in the multi-billion pound renewable energy and sustainable technologies sector

The CREST Centre’s dedicated R&D spaces and specialist equipment, including the flagship CREST Passive Pavilion building which meets the rigorous Passive House standard and Europe’s first robot-managed solar array, ranks it highly among the UK and Ireland’s top ‘clean and green’ training facilities. The  project  is funded  By SEUPB  and will  run from 2011  -  2015  

The facilities are available to businesses or individuals within Northern Ireland, the border counties of Ireland and Western Scotland who have ideas for new products or process developments but who do not have the physical and/or technical capacity to develop, test and commercialise themThrough the CREST project, partners have  already worked with more than 120 small and medium-sized businesses. The opening of the flagship facilities in Enniskillen means that enhanced services are now available to SMEs including R&D, and demonstration and testing facilities for cutting edge technologies, laboratory space and company booths. . The CREST Centre’s dedicated R&D spaces and specialist equipment, including the flagship CREST Passive Pavilion building which meets the rigorous Passive House standard and Europe’s first robot-managed solar array, ranks it highly among the UK and Ireland’s top ‘clean and green’ training facilities.

The facilities are available to businesses or individuals within Northern Ireland, the border counties of Ireland and Western Scotland who have ideas for new products or process developments but who do not have the physical and/or technical capacity to develop, test and commercialise them.

Through the CREST project, partners have  already worked with more than 120 small and medium-sized businesses. The opening of the flagship facilities in Scotland   and Ireland and Northern Ireland means that enhanced services are now available to SMEs including R&D, and demonstration and testing facilities for cutting edge technologies, laboratory space and company booths. . The CREST Centre’s dedicated R&D spaces and specialist equipment, including the flagship CREST Passive Pavilion building which meets the rigorous Passive House standard and Europe’s first robot-managed solar array, ranks it highly among the UK and Ireland’s top ‘clean and green’ training facilities.

The facilities are available to businesses or individuals within Northern Ireland, the border counties of Ireland and Western Scotland who have ideas for new products or process developments but who do not have the physical and/or technical capacity to develop, test and commercialise them

Through the CREST project, partners have  already worked with more than 120 small and medium-sized businesses. The opening of the flagship facilities in Enniskillen means that enhanced services are now available to SMEs including R&D, and demonstration and testing facilities for cutting edge technologies, laboratory space and company booth

To find out more about the CREST Centre and the array of innovation and R&D services available visitthecrestproject.com or call 028 6634 2301


KEY DATES
  • Status
  • Completed
  • Project Launch
  • 01 August 2011
  • Project completed
  • 01 June 2015
sustainable training innovation SME's
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