Sustainable Energy Ireland -- a government agency for promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency -- has launched a new EUR 16.5 million program of renewable energy research, development and demonstration. The program is intended to deal with some of the technical and market barriers to renewable energy in Ireland. It is open to a range of proposals from policy studies and field research to technology R&D. Technologies supported will be wind, biomass, solar, ocean energy, small hydro, heat pumps, geothermal, fuel cells and community renewables. The agency has issued an open call for proposals for part-funding for near-market demonstration projects and for innovative technologies or marketing approaches. Over the period of the program Sustainable Energy Ireland will issue separate invitations to tender for fully funded research studies.