IRES-8 Project

IRES‐8 –“Instigation of Research and Innovation Partnership on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Solutions for Cities” is a collaboration between the Universities of Manchester, Bologna, Zagreb and Norwegian University of Science and Technology with four partner institutions in China: Tsinghua University, Beijing Jiaotong University, North China Electric Power University and the State Grid Smart Grid Research Institute.

IRES‐8 funds EU PhD students and early career researchers to spend extended periods of between 3 and 9 months to pursue strategically important low carbon energy research at one of the internationally regarded Chinese partner institutions.

Long term prosperity in the EU energy sector requires access to global leading research, and collaboration with China to better understand of their mature technical infrastructure and state of the art facilities will begin to rebalance the EU-China partnership. 

More information can be found on the project site of the project leading institution Manchester University:


This project is co-funded by European Commission through the programme of "EU-CHINA RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP"




Instigation of Research and Innovation Partnership on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Sustainable, Energy Solutions for Cities 

Acronym - IRES-8

 International partner

 The University of Manchester, United Kingdom

 International partner contact person

 prof. Zhongdong Wang

 Croatian partner contact person

 prof. Igor Kuzle 

 Project funding

 799.671,55 EUR

 Project duration

 From: 2015-01-01 To: 2018-12-31 (Execution)


IRES 8 project meeting was held in Split, Croatia on 15th and 16th November 2016.

The main topics discussed were:

  • Addressing Global Energy Challenges
  • Improving collaboration - EU & China
  • Funding students and researchers

Representatives from all participating institution were present:

  • The University of Manchester
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Tsinghua University
  • Beijing Jiatong University
  • North China Electric Power University
  • Smart Grid Research Institute of China State Grid Corporation

Meeting agenda can be found in the repository to the right.

The meeting host was the leader of croatian side prof. Igor Kuzle.

Author: Ninoslav Holjevac


University of Zagreb

Faculty of Electrical Enegineering and Computing


prof. dr. sc. Igor Kuzle

doc. dr. sc. Tomislav Capuder


Ninoslav Holjevac, mag. ing.


Ivan Pavić, mag. ing.

Matea Filipović, mag. ing.