Funding approved for renewables centre of excellence

Ljubljana, 13 June - The government has approved a EUR 30m grant for a centre of excellence specialized in renewable materials and sustainable building research. Together with funding it received under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme, the centre will have EUR 45m at its disposal.

Successful implementation of the project is of strategic importance for the development of R&D in Slovenia, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport said on Wednesday.

InnoRenew CoE, as the centre is called, will be dedicated to top-level scientific research into renewable materials that can be used by industry.

It will also support companies in the wood processing sector to implement innovations in practice.

The project features ten partners, nine from Slovenia and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research from Germany, with the University of Primorska the lead partner in the consortium.

The centre was launched a year ago. By 2020 it is supposed to get a headquarters on university grounds in Izola. When fully functional, it will have 60 employees.