Limerick Institute of Technology
Luimneach, Ireland

Limerick Institute of Technology is an institution of higher education in Limerick, Ireland and is one of 13 institutes that are members of the Institutes of Technology Ireland . The Institute has four campuses in Limerick city, one in both Thurles and Clonmel in County Tipperary and a regional learning centre in Ennis, County Clare. The main campus is located at Moylish Park on the north of Limerick city and houses the Faculty of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology and the School of Business and Humanities. The School of Art & Design is located at the Clare Street and George's Quay and Clonmel campuses. LIT's Tipperary School is based at the Thurles and Clonmel campuses.Similar to the other institutes of technology, LIT offers courses at Level 6 through Level 10 whilst also catering for craft apprentices and adult and continuing education. The Institute has twice been named as The Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year in The Sunday Times University Guide, firstly in 2008 and again in 2013. Wikipedia.

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: EeB.NMP.2013-3 | Award Amount: 10.43M | Year: 2013

Buildings consume about 40% of total final energy in Europe, and those built before 1980 represent 95% of this energy consumption. The low renovation rate of building stock (1% per year) means that boosting energy efficient buildings retrofitting is the only way to reach EUs 20-20-20 targets. The higher impact will be achieved through interventions in non-residential buildings, as their energy consumption is 40% higher than in residential buildings, being the public buildings more than 30% of the non-residential buildings in EU. A2PBEER will develop a systemic energy efficient buildings retrofitting methodology for Public buildings and will take advantage of synergies derived from interventions at district level. A2PBEER methodology will include already available building solutions and more innovative ones developed by the project: a high performance envelope retrofitting, based on an external and internal super-insulated (VIPVacuum Insulated Panels) faade retrofit and smart windows, smart lighting systems combining LED and natural light, and the Smart Dual Thermal Substation, a new approach to district heating based in smart grid functionality and integrating heating and cooling. A kit-concept will be applied in the development of new solutions in order to deploy adaptable and affordable solutions. The methodology and developed kits will be demonstrated and validated through three real retrofitting deployments, covering main climatic areas in Europe (continental, oceanic and Mediterranean), different types of Public districts and main Public end-uses. Moreover, the replicability of A2PBEER results will be further validated through three complementary virtual projects covering additional climatic areas and end-uses. A comprehensive Train the Trainer and an innovative market approach will allow results be transferred to all key players of the value chain, with special focus on SMEs, and the transferability to social housing will be also addressed.

Dey T.,Limerick Institute of Technology | Naughton D.,Limerick Institute of Technology
Environmental Science and Pollution Research | Year: 2017

Glass surface cleaning is the very first step in advanced coating deposition and it also finds use in conserving museum objects. However, most of the wet chemical methods of glass cleaning use toxic and corrosive chemicals like concentrated sulfuric acid (H2SO4), piranha (a mixture of concentrated sulfuric acid and 30% hydrogen peroxide), and hydrogen fluoride (HF). On the other hand, most of the dry cleaning techniques like UV-ozone, plasma, and laser treatment require costly instruments. In this report, five eco-friendly wet chemical methods of glass cleaning were evaluated in terms of contact angle (measured by optical tensiometer), nano-scale surface roughness (measured by atomic force microscopy or AFM), and elemental composition (measured by energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy or SEM-EDX). These glass cleaning methods are devoid of harsh chemicals and costly equipment, hence can be applied in situ in close proximity with plantation such as greenhouse or upon subtle objects such as museum artifacts. Out of these five methods, three methods are based on the chemical principle of chelation. It was found that the citric acid cleaning method gave the greatest change in contact angle within the hydrophilic regime (14.25° for new glass) indicating effective cleansing and the least surface roughness (0.178 nm for new glass) indicating no corrosive effect. One of the glass sample showed unique features which were traced backed to the history of the glass usage. © 2017 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: EE-04-2014 | Award Amount: 1.43M | Year: 2015

The Train-to-NZEB project is designed to establish a functioning network of training and consultation centres (Building Knowledge Hubs, BKHs), providing practical trainings, demonstrations and complex consulting services for the implementation of nearly-zero energy buildings (NZEB). Using the improved training facilities, the BKHs will provide enhanced capacity for conduction of trainings on curricula developed on BUILD UP Skills II, thus reaching a significant number of workers not covered by the initiative. Additionally, BKHs will offer trainings for highly-qualified building professionals and demonstrations for non-specialists with decision-making authority, which, combined with administrative and financial consultancy service, will result in increased capacity for implementation of NZEB projects in the involved countries. In order to reach this goal, the following objectives are set: 1. Development of publicly available Terms of Reference for the setting up of the BKHs; 2. Adaptation of existing and development of new training programs; 3. Actual setting up of 4 training and consultation centres (BKHs) according to the Terms of Reference; 4. Building of internal capacity through train-the-trainer activities, targeting at least 90 qualified trainers; 5. Actual training courses according to annual training plans, resulting in: (a) 120 training courses for construction workers, targeting additional qualification of 2400 trainees; (b) 24 training courses for highly-qualified building specialists, targeting additional qualification of 480 trainees; (c) 36 training courses for non-specialists, targeting additional qualification of 720 trainees; 6. Strict monitoring and evaluation for constant improvement of the offered services. 7. Setting up of a web-based networking platform providing facilities for knowledge sharing and exchange between the BKHs; 8. Conduction of a targeted dissemination and communication campaign to increase the market demand for NZEB projects.

Humanitys plans to further explore space require the development of bio-regenerative life support systems and in particular plant cultivation. Plants contribute to all major life support functions by producing food and oxygen, reducing carbon dioxide and recycling water and waste. Moreover, fresh crops also have a positive impact on crew psychological well-being. EDEN ISS aims to adapt, integrate and demonstrate plant cultivation technologies and operations procedures for safe food production on-board the International Space Station and for future human space exploration missions. The consortium will demonstrate operational capability of controlled environment agriculture technologies and procedures for safe food production in space. A mobile test facility will be built to provide realistic interfaces analogous to ISS. A one-year demonstration campaign at the Neumayer III Antarctic station will provide extensive testing and validation capability to increase the technology readiness level of key subsystems to 6. Further developing these technologies and operations procedures, including food quality and safety measurements, will also contribute to Europes interest in resource efficient crop cultivation, saving energy, countering the climate change and securing the supply of healthy and safe food. The interdisciplinary nature of EDEN ISS combines research in space engineering, horticulture, food science and microbiology. Leading space industries (Thales Alenia Space Italia, Airbus Defense and Space, Telespazio), research organizations (DLR, CNR, AWI), SMEs (Liquifer, Heliospectra, EnginSoft, Aero Sekur) and academia (Wageningen UR, University of Guelph, Limerick Institute of Technology) from six European countries (Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Austria, the Netherlands) and Canada join forces in a unique consortium to prepare the ground for further innovative research and development in human spaceflight and terrestrial applications.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: KBBE.2010.3.2-01 | Award Amount: 4.34M | Year: 2011

Innovation is the most important engine of growth and jobs in knowledge-based bio-economies. The scope of BAMMBO (Biologically Active Molecules of Marine Based Origin) is ambitious. This is intentional. BAMMBO will provide innovative solutions to overcome existing bottle-necks associated with culturing marine organisms in order to sustainably produce high yields of value-added products for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and industrial sectors. BAMMBO will screen and identify target marine organisms (e.g. bacteria, fungi, sponges, microalgae, macroalgae and yeasts) from diverse global locations for potential as sustainable producers of highadded value molecules (HVABs). Our project will apply analytical methods for the extraction, purification and enrichment of targeted bioactive compounds. A detailed life cycle analysis of the production pathways developed in the project will be undertaken to fully evaluate the sustainability of production of biologically active products from marine organisms. BAMMBO will exploit knowledge and technologies developed during the project and effectively manage their transfer to relevant stakeholders in industry and the research community, as well as to policy-makers. We have brought together a multidisciplinary consortium of specialist Research and SME partners representing 8 countries including partners from ICPC countries Russia and Brazil, and from EU member states at Mediterranean, Adriatic and Atlantic coasts. In adhering to the European Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research this three year project will encourage capacity-building, integration and synergies across relevant marine sectors. Innovative technologies developed in the project will be demonstrated with the involvement of industry partners, and the results will be of interest not only to companies directly involved in the marine sector, but to other large scale industry players such as pharmaceutical companies with interest in added-value bioactive compounds.

Kim S.,Flinders University | O'Connor N.,Limerick Institute of Technology
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes | Year: 2011

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is a cross-cultural analysis to compare the profiles of international screen-tourists by nationalities. Also it investigates the screen-tourism concept as associated with the Hallyu phenomenon. Owing to the nature of the topic being examined, an instrument with study-specific items was created. Design/methodology/approach: The objectives of this paper were achieved through the critical review of previous screen-tourism literature combined with a structured on-site survey which included both open- and close-ended questions with inbound tourists who were visiting the Daejanggeum Theme Park in South Korea. Findings: The principal value of this study can be seen in its offering of a general overview of the characteristics of screen-tourists induced by the television drama Daejanggeum. The outcomes of this study concurred with the findings of some previous research which indicated the powerful impact of consuming popular media products including television dramas on destination choice and increase in tourist numbers. Therefore, the findings present a considerable amount of insight into the screen-tourism phenomenon. Research limitations/implications: Despite the overall success of the research methodology, a number of limitations were identified. Probably, the most significant of these relates to the generalisability of the results. Whilst this research has contributed to the existing knowledge of screen-tourism, it would undoubtedly be beneficial to build on it through further research. In particular, research that would examine whether the main findings identified here are more widely representative would be useful. A multi-destination paper could be undertaken in which would provide rich, comparative data on the nature and characteristics of the phenomenon in other such destinations. Practical implications: This paper will be of value to academics and industry practitioners interested in screen-tourism and indeed tourism in general as well as students studying the screen-tourism phenomenon. The results of this study could benefit destination managers, academics, film and television stakeholders who have an interest in screen-tourism destination development. Originality/value: This paper offers a general overview of socio-demographic characteristics of international screen-tourists induced by a television drama and it explores the differences in screen-tourists' profiles including travel patterns and screen product preference in the inter-Asian dimension. The paper addresses a gap in the literature on the area of cross-cultural analysis and the screen-tourist. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

O'Connor N.,Limerick Institute of Technology
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes | Year: 2011

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explain why the film-induced tourism sector is growing and outline the key questions that are likely to affect the future development of this sector. Design/methodology/approach: The theme issue is profiled and the purpose and approach of each article explained in the context of the overall strategic question: how can the film-inducted tourism phenomenon be sustainably managed? Findings: The paper concludes that there is both a need and an opportunity for dialogue and interchange between practitioners and academics. Practical implications: The paper explores the key issues affecting the growth of film-induced tourism around the globe. Originality/value: The paper identifies and explores facets of the relatively new film-induced tourism phenomenon. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Saha S.K.,Limerick Institute of Technology | Moane S.,Limerick Institute of Technology | Murray P.,Limerick Institute of Technology
Bioresource Technology | Year: 2013

The aim of this study was to assess the effects of sixteen stress conditions on total carotenoid production and the response of antioxidative enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) in microalga Dunaliella salina. Of the stress conditions tested, high-light illumination (240μmolphotonsm-2s-1) in combination with nitrogen depletion were the conditions associated with maximum carotenoid production and which induced Fe-SOD and retained the specific Mn-SOD isoform. Removal of the micronutrients manganese (Mn), Zinc (Zn) and Iron (Fe) as well as nitrogen from the medium enhanced carotenoid production on day 5, while the removal of nitrogen and Mn from the growth medium drastically affected carotenoid production at all time-points. The differential response of SODs influences the levels of carotenoid biosynthesis as chronic molecular defence strategies of D. salina. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IIF | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IIF | Award Amount: 273.10K | Year: 2011

CELLS (Controlled Environment Laboratory for Life Sciences) aims to support the relocation and development of a research programme by Dr. Gary Stutte and establish a European centre of excellence for Controlled Environment Research at the host organisation Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland). Dr. Stutte is an expert in hydroponic based controlled environments and space agriculture / horticulture engaged in contract research for NASA at the Dynamac Corporation based at the Space Life Science Laboratory, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, U.S.A. CELLS will directly address the growing demand for safer, healthier, higher quality food in response to specific dietary needs of consumers using forced evolution as a non-GMO technique for the enrichment of target functional molecules within food crops. The strategic and research objectives are to (1) Enable the transfer of knowledge in controlled environment horticulture from the Dynamac Corporation at Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, U.S.A. in Florida to a new research centre at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Ireland. (2) Advance the research capabilities of LITs Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (Shannon ABC) ( with the ultimate goal of establishing LIT as a recognised centre of excellence for controlled environment production of plants. (3) Develop the facilities to determine the physiological capacity for production of bioactive constituents in functional foods from such sources as agricultural plants, algae, bryophytes and lichen. (4) Develop the facilities for biochemical and biological analysis of plants (5) Establish a facility for the non-destructive assessment and monitoring of bioactive quality during the growth process using spectral characterisation, biochemical profiling of volatiles and assessment of biometric growth parameters. (6) Transfer the knowledge and expertise of the incoming research Fellow to the research team at LIT.

News Article | November 28, 2016

Scholarship to help train the next generation of tech leaders in Ireland November 28, 2016 – LIMERICK, IRELAND: WP Engine, a company that powers amazing digital experiences for websites and applications built on the WordPress platform, today announced that it will be offering a four-year scholarship at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) beginning this upcoming academic year to support an undergraduate student who is passionate about technology. WP Engine will offer the “WP Engine Future Technology Leaders” scholarship to a student pursuing a degree in any field related to technology. The scholarship will be part of LIT’s Leaders@LIT student scholarship fund, which aims to widen participation in higher education by alleviating the financial burdens experienced by students so they can fully concentrate on their education. Students can apply for the scholarship through Following the recent opening of its new Technical Support & Innovation Centre in Limerick, which is expected to create 100 jobs over three years, WP Engine’s commitment to the Leaders@LIT student scholarship programme is another example of the company’s investment in the region to meet current and future opportunities in technology through education and talent development. “Just as WP Engine believes the Web should be universally accessible so too should opportunities for higher education,” said April Downing, Chief Financial Officer of WP Engine. “As a company, one of our core values is a commitment to giving back to our communities. With this scholarship, we are making an investment to inspire and help students at LIT excel in their studies and become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the financial barriers that prevent them from entering these fields.” President of LIT, Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “This programme puts Higher Education within the reach of students with the ability and ambition to undertake it, but whose financial circumstances preclude them. This represents a really important part of our ethic to be able to make 3rd level education accessible to all. “I would like to recognise the support being given by WP Engine so soon after its investment in Limerick. For a company to start to impact so positively so early is really fantastic. It is beneficial for the company, the scholar and society here in Limerick. “One of the unique aspects of the Leaders@LIT programme is that it matches donors like WP engine directly with the students they support. I hope that as time goes on, WP Engine will see the fruits of its support through the success of the scholar supported by it. “A number of months ago, LIT set out its ambition to increase the value of the Leaders@LIT fund to €1 million in order to reach the maximum number of students and schools. I thank WP Engine for helping us along the way, and I know that this donation will prove hugely worthwhile.” ABOUT WP ENGINE WP Engine powers amazing digital experiences for websites and applications built on WordPress. The company’s premium managed hosting platform provides the performance, reliability and security required by the biggest brands and agencies in the world, while remaining affordable and intuitive for smaller businesses and individuals. Our award-winning customer service team of WordPress experts is trusted by over 50,000 companies across over 130 countries to quickly solve technical problems, and create a world-class customer experience. Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has offices in San Francisco, California, San Antonio, Texas, London, England, and Limerick, Ireland.

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