SLR among winners of Horizon 2020 competitive funding
On 15th June, the Irish Times announced SLR Environmental Consulting (Ireland) Ltd as a winner of Horizon 2020 competitive funding for three projects. In two of the projects SLR is providing end user input to the design of ocean and coastal observatories that have the potential to improve productivity, reduce costs and enhance health and safety in environmental monitoring of offshore operations. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of almost €80 billion Horizon 2020 is the EU’s largest ever programme for research and innovation and is part of the drive to create new jobs and growth across Europe.
Nick O’Neill, SLR’s Europe Oil & Gas Sector Lead, said that “SLR is well placed to add value to ongoing cutting edge research in sensor technology, observatory design and data analytics through its understanding of the challenges in the oil and gas offshore sector.”
SLR’s role in the third project is to contribute their understanding of shallow geology and regulatory barriers to the successful testing and implementation of innovative drilling and completion technology for shallow geothermal energy in Europe.
The cumulative funding from H2020 for ongoing projects in SLR is €500,000 and includes partners such as the UK Natural Environment Research Council, the French marine research centre IFREMER, the Italian national geophysical agency INGV, the German centre for ocean research Geomar and many SMEs who are sensor developers, data processors, marine engineers and designers and operators of ocean and coastal observatories.