The Bernal Institute at University of Limerick has signed a memorandum of understanding with SkyNRG to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel manufacturing in Ireland.

The agreement between Bernal and the Netherlands-based firm SkyNRG was signed in the presence of Dutch Minister of Trade, Sigrid Kaag, during the Dutch Royal Visit and Trade Mission at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin.

The Bernal Institute at UL and SkyNRG will explore the potential of a regional Sustainable Aviation Fuel supply chain in Ireland, with a focus on academic collaboration at University of Limerick.

The collaboration emerged from the industry drive for the development of SAF production capacity and an EU-wide call to reduce aviation emissions.

Maarten van Dijk, MD of SkyNRG, with Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag and Dr Puneet Saidha, Director Research Office, University of Limerick

"SkyNRG and Bernal agreed to explore how to stimulate an opportunity for the production of sustainable aviation fuels in Ireland," explained Luuk van der Wielen, director of the Bernal Institute at UL.

"Apart from historic links with myself, Bernal was chosen given its strategic profile in disruptive sustainable technology development to solve global challenges especially in energy, environment and health," he said.

SkyNRG CEO, Maarten van Dijk, said, "Sustainable aviation fuels and Ireland are potentially a perfect match. We are excited to engage with the Bernal Institute and University of Limerick on sustainable aviation fuel developments. Building new industries is all about partnering with the right people and organisations. We believe the combination of R&D and entrepreneurship is key in mobilising a broader group of stakeholders."

Among those to witness the signing was Norah Patten, Project Manager at the Irish Composites Centre, which is hosted by The Bernal Institute at UL.

"The Bernal Institute works already on many aspects relevant for emission reduction in aviation such as lightweight composite structures," Ms Patten said. "This collaboration will be a good complement to research at iComp."

The signing took place during a seminar hosted in Dublin by Bernal as part of the Dutch Royal visit entitled ‘Sustainable Renewables for Energy and Environment’.