Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, announced recently that An tSlí Ghlas – The Green Way, Ireland’s first Green Economic Zone, has been accepted as the Irish representative of the Global Cleantech Cluster Association(GCCA).
Membership in GCCA will provide Irish companies with greater opportunities to major sources of international funding and expertise in the growing green tech sectors, such as energy efficiency, renewable energies, green transport, building materials and waste management. Membership will also attract foreign investment in clean tech to the country.
Clean-tech companies employ new technology and related business models to offer resource-efficient solutions to global problems, and at the same time provide competitive returns for investors and customers.
GCCA links more than 20 top clean-tech clusters across the globe, connecting more than 300 universities and 10,000 companies.
The 10 Irish Companies shortlisted for GCCA
An tShlí Ghlas – the Green Way has chosen the following 10 Irish companies to represent Ireland in the Best in Class GCCA ‘Later Stage’ awards. The winning companies will be actively promoted to a leading hand-selected investment community across the globe.
Crowley Carbon Ltd is based in Delgany, Co Wicklow, and takes the guesswork out of saving money. It answers the following questions: What energy efficiency products are available? Will they work for us? How much will we save? How much do they cost? What does it take to install? How can we be sure we got the projected savings?
Imperative Energy is a Maynooth, Co Kildare-based company which provides purpose-built biomass plants to provide heat, steam and power at a client’s site.
Liberator.aero is located in Swords, Co Dublin, and aims to reduce fuel consumption by 2pc for airlines, reducing associated carbon emissions at the same time.
The Rediscovery Centre, based in Ballymun, Dublin, upcycles materials, such as textiles and furniture.
Treemetrics is a Cork-based company which informs foresters which trees are ready to be cut down in a forest.
Solarprint, which is based in Dublin, has patented technology to produce better energy efficiency within buildings, by exploiting energy output from indoor light to power wireless sensors. It can reduce a building’s energy bill by 25-40pc.
Openhydro, based in Dublin, designs and manufactures marine turbines to generate renewable energy from tidal streams.
Ecocem Materials Ltd is a carbon-neutral company located in Ringsend, Dublin, which manufactures and supplies eco-friendly cement to the construction industry. It is a carbon-neutral company. Ecocem’s green cement has been used on the Dublin Convention Centre (the world’s first carbon-neutral convention centre).
Wavebob Ltd, based in Maynooth, Co Kildare, is considered one of the heading wave-energy companies globally, with offices in US. Analysts suggest 10pc of entire global energy demand could be met by wave energy.
Ikonsemi Ltd (Ikon Semiconductor) is a fabless semiconductor company based in Dublin focused on developing innovative, highly integrated and efficient solutions for the rapidly growing LED lighting industry.
An tSlí Ghlas – The Green Way combines existing businesses, academic institutions and local authorities in north Dublin, with the hope of expanding nationally and cross-border. Its founders include Ballymun Regeneration Ltd, Dublin Airport Authority, Dublin City Council, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, Fingal County Council and North Dublin Chamber.
Article by Doireann McDermott, appearing courtesy Silicon Republic.