The research arm of French telecoms firm Alcatel Lucent has announced a strategic partnership with the materials science institute headquartered in Dublin's Trinity College.

AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) which is funded by the Department of Jobs through Science Foundation Ireland, and Bell Labs will embark on joint energy research projects in the fields of energy harvesting, energy efficiency and energy storage.

Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, said of the partnership, "This is a great example of what we are trying to achieve through our Action Plan for Jobs. Here is a Government-funded research centre collaborating with a dynamic company to find solutions to problems that they face in their business".

"This is how we turn the good ideas we have developed through State-funded research into good jobs," the Minister added.

The researcers at AMBER are working closely across a range of topics that are critical to enable future energy-efficient telecommunications products.

Speaking about the collaboration President of Bell Labs and CTO of Alcatel-Lucent, Dr. Marcus Weldon said, "The Irish government has encouraged the development of a highly effective ecosystem in the country which embraces academia, industry and business; Bell Labs is both a beneficiary and a contributor".

"I am following the AMBER collaboration with great interest as I am convinced that the programme, and in particular the quality of the researchers working on it, will give rise to exciting results," he added.