€86m research centre at front of electric car development
An €86m science and engineering research institute, part of whose work aims to create longer-life batteries for the electric car market, has opened at the University of Limerick.
The Bernal Institute, housing 260 researchers, is at the cutting edge of advances in new materials, including those in use in pharmaceuticals and medicine.
The wide-ranging areas of research at Bernal also include the development of a new metallic alloy, nickel titanium, in partnership with Cook Medical for use in minimally invasive medical devices such as guidewires for stents and catheters, which are used when a patient is under x-ray.
The new Institute, opened today by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, is named for John Desmond Bernal, one of the most influential scientists of the 20th Century who was born in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.