The Need for Energy Storage in Northern Ireland as a mechanism for Efficient Electrical Network Use

Prof NJ Hewitt & Dr P Griffiths (Ulster) Wind energy is the large scale renewable energy electricity provider of choice with a marriage of a mature cost effective technology and an excellent wind resource in Northern Ireland. However, given the variability of wind energy, its availability does not always coincide with our electricity needs. Furthermore … Read more

The effectiveness of the policy and support environment for local food production competitiveness, innovation and growth

Prof Barry Quinn, Ms Lynsey McKitterick, Dr Adele Dunn and Prof Rodney McAdam (Ulster) This presentation focuses on the effectiveness of policy for SME (small and medium enterprises) innovation in the food chain. Specifically it provides evidence-based recommendations for policy-makers arising from research into the effectiveness of the policy and support environment in fostering innovation, competitiveness … Read more

Developing and harnessing golf tourism and film tourism as economic drivers

Dr Peter Bolan, Dr Karise Hutchinson and Mr Matthew Kearney (Ulster) This presentation explains that golf and film tourism are both highly lucrative and Northern Ireland must develop and plan for them in a more strategic manner. First it outlines findings from an extensive study (utilising surveys, interviews, and observation methods internationally and domestically) by … Read more

Benefiting a regional economy with societal-driven innovation adoption in high-tech small firms

Dr Brendan Galbraith and Ms Kirsty McManus (Ulster) A key question is how do business models ensure that new high-tech innovations are responsible, benefit society and are well aligned to regional policy? This is an increasingly important question for policy-makers and high tech small firms in Northern Ireland. The question is important because although innovation adoption … Read more

Hide and Seek: Where is design in the creative industries network of Northern Ireland and do we really understand its power in the growth of our economy?

Ms Michelle Douglas, Prof Karen Fleming and Prof Ian Montgomery (Ulster) In almost all the official Northern Ireland documentation highlighting statistics and reviews for the creative industries, there is very little differentiation of the sector and little recognition of design as a distinct and essential factor in success. With debate focused on end-product, digital and … Read more