FREED project Invitation to Tender,€30,000 available to support Energy Innovations


Western Development Commission

FREED project Invitation to Tender,€30,000 available to support Energy Innovations

The Western Development Commission (WDC) are a partner in the FREED Project, established to support the development of innovation in energy technologies currently unavailable within the Northern Periphery & Artic regions, which runs until the end of 2018. This will be achieved by selected companies, SME’s or start-ups, collaborating with private finance to bring technology transfer of IP to create products and bringing them to market.

The FREED Project invitation to tender call is now inviting applications from companies, SME’s or start-ups to develop innovative energy technologies. The WDC are using the etenders platform and the tender documents are available at, the closing date for applications in March 15th 2017. Aimed at businesses that are currently active in the Energy Technology sector, FREED is offering financial support to develop and take innovative energy technologies to commercialisation. A total investment sum of €30,000 is available for this call together with in-kind support offering incubation capabilities, market access and unique access to private investment. The innovative technology selected will be promoted through the project across the partner region in the NPA area and beyond.

Ian Brannigan (CEO) of the Western Development Commission said: ‘’The West of Ireland Region continues to develop a strong bio-economy and with this support for innovation the WDC seek to grow the regions capacity and evolve to the next level of sustainability.’’

Candidates are to submit technology innovation proposals, which address identified challenges in the following four thematic areas:

  • Intelligent grid (IoT
  • Energy storage
  • Smart and efficient buildings and environment
  • Renewable energies

A condition of being awarded the contract is that technology development and the commercial development of the output must take place in the Northern Periphery and Arctic region, as defined by the European Union Interreg Programme.

The FREED Project has seven full-partners from across and outside the NPA region:

  • University of Oulu, Finland
  • South-West College, Northern Ireland
  • Western Development Commission, Ireland
  • Green Angel Syndicate, Scotland
  • Narvik Science Park, Norway
  • Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • European Institute for Innovation, Germany

Associate-partner: Sustainable Venture Development Partners Ltd, UK

The FREED Project is funded under The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020 (NPA) which is a cooperative programme between nine partner countries of: Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom (Scotland and Northern Ireland) in cooperation with the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Norway.


For further information please contact –

Mary Keaveney, Project Officer

Western Development Commission



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Notes to Editor

The Western Development Commission (WDC) is the statutory body promoting economic and social development in counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

The WDC’s five strategic goals are:

  1. Contribute to balanced regional development by ensuring that the Western Region maximises its full potential for economic and social development.
  2. Promote the benefits of living, working and doing business in the Western Region.
  3. Support the sustainable economic and social development of the rural economy.
  4. Provide risk capital to SMEs and social enterprises.
  5. Operate the WDC as a competent and effective organisation.