CORK, Ireland, Jan. 9, 2014 – United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd., (UTRC Ireland) in partnership with the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), recently helped launch a test bed facility on the CIT campus to develop concepts for future energy-saving products and services.
Housed in CIT's Nimbus Centre, the National Sustainable Building Energy Test Bed is now available to national and international commercial entities within the energy space as an enabler to trial research and development work, particularly in the areas of demand side management, smart grid and intermittent generation technologies. It is also available for experimental work, such as European Commission-funded research projects conducted by university-level institutions and researchers.
"Since the test bed controls the energy supply and demand for large office and residential spaces across the CIT campus, it provides the opportunity to thoroughly demonstrate technologies for future energy-saving products and services in a real world environment," noted Jim Fritz, Director of Operations, United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, Conn. "Testing in a real world environment with real world partners like CIT is necessary to overcoming challenges of system scalability and energy savings persistence, and is a critical enabler for commercialization."
CIT's Nimbus Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for embedded systems research, development and demonstration. It is staffed by 65 researchers and engineers who focus on hardware, systems integration and networking in such fields as energy, water, security and user interface.
"UTRC Ireland has found CIT's proficiency in information and communications technologies and embedded systems to be quite strong," he stated. "Our collaboration with CIT has let to capturing a number of successful European FP7 programs, advancing our strategic research agenda and helping to drive the momentum for integrated energy system research in Ireland."
United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) delivers advanced technologies to the businesses of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) to improve the performance, energy efficiency and cost of UTC products and processes.
UTC is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries. Its commercial business -- UTC Building & Industrial Systems -- comprises Otis elevators and escalators as well as UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a leading provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fire and security systems, and building automation and controls. The company's aerospace businesses include Sikorsky aircraft Systems, Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines and UTC Aerospace Systems aerospace products.
UTRC partners with United Technologies business units and external research organizations to expand the boundaries of science and technology through research and innovation, delivering technology options that meet and anticipate the needs of the marketplace.
Founded in 1929, United Technologies Research Center is headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., with an office in Berkeley, Calif. and research and development centers in Shanghai, China and Cork, Ireland.
About UTRC Ireland
UTRC Ireland was established in 2009 as United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd. with an initial focus on renewable energy, microgrids and integrated energy and security systems over a wide range of scales. Today, the Centre's technology portfolio remains focused on its core sectors with opportunities to explore developments in aerospace. The office is led by General Manager John Milton-Benoit and employs a team of approximately 30 engineers, including 21 Ph.D.s, who leverage UTRC's global network of world-class expertise.
A formal press release announcing this launch was distributed by CIT on Nov. 15, 2013: http://nimbus.cit.ie/tec/nsbetlaunch