The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) is an industry-led collaborative research centre in the field of integrated sustainable energy systems, and is jointly funded by the Irish government and industry members. It is one of the largest funded technology centres in Ireland, with a budget of €30m over five years.


The centre provides an energy research environment that combines business innovation with research excellence for energy demand side efficiency and systems integration challenges.


Established in 2010, the centre has been developed through a novel collaborative concept by means of a Joint Agency Project Team, comprising representatives from Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland working with multinational companies such as UTRC, Bord Gais Energy, Bilfinger and a growing number of indigenous Irish companies. The centre is funded jointly by the Irish Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.


Commenting on his appointment to the centre’s Steering Committee, Stephen Nolan CEO Sustainable Nation said: “Sustainable Nation looks forward to adding value to the important work of the IERC Steering Committee, in particular around the area of low-carbon investment. To be able to support such a world-class state of the art facility focused on the energy space that is working to solve global energy challenges, create employment and support investment is a real honour.”


The IERC is hosted by the Tyndall National Institute, based in Cork, and part of University College Cork. Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe’s leading research centres in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research and development and the largest research facility of its type in Ireland.


Pic: Professor Tony Day, IERC CEO; Jeff Smith, CEO Bilfinger Ireland; Stephen Nolan, CEO Sustainable Nation Ireland; and Bilfinger representative.


23rd Feb 2017
37-42 McCann Fitzgerald, Sir John Rogersons Quay, Dublin 2
7:30 – 9:15am


Our first Breakfast Leadership Series will focus on securing the green finance opportunity for Ireland – the next steps.

The panel discussion will provide delegates with an update on the global green finance marketplace, the continued growth of the sector within Ireland, potential roadblocks and how best to overcome them. Breakfast guests will also be briefed by the Department of Finance on Government’s IFS2020 Action Plan 2017.

Panel members to be published shortly.

This breakfast series is hosted by our Sustainability Skillnet in partnership with McCann Fitzgerald.

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Sustainable Nation Ireland will this year play a pivotal role in supporting the Government’s action plan for Ireland’s international financial sector.


Financial services minister Eoghan Murphy, who is also chair of the IFS2020 joint committee, on Monday announced details of the State’s action plan for 2017.


The Strategy for Ireland’s International Financial Services Sector is a five year programme to develop Ireland as key location for specialist financial services.


Under the plan, Sustainable Nation Ireland will continue to focus on the promotion and positioning of Ireland as an international hub for green finance, while continuing to raise awareness of the responsible and sustainable investment agenda.


The Action Plan for 2017 acknowledged Sustainable Nation’s key role in supporting and developing ideas, innovations and investment strategies to successfully transition Ireland to a low-carbon economy.


The plan says: “IFS2020 sets out a vision for Ireland to be the recognised global location of choice for specialist international financial services.


“Green finance provides a unique opportunity to build on Ireland’s reputation as a centre of excellence for niche international financial services and as a hub for innovative technology-driven international financial services.”


The IFS2020 action plan for 2017 also tasks Sustainable Nation Ireland with:


  • the further development of key international partnerships (EU Climate-KIC, UN Principles of Responsible Investment, Climate Bonds Initiative, EuroSIF and CDP);
  • promoting Ireland as a centre for green finance including the establishment of Europe’s first dedicated Climate Finance Accelerator through its on-going relationship with Climate-KIC;
  • co-hosting the Global Sustainable Capital Forum in Dublin in December 2017 (in partnership with leading international publication Responsible Investor);
  • Delivering with the support of Sustainability Skillnet a Certificate in Green Finance accredited at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications and roll out of UN PRI Academy responsible investing online courseware;
  • Supporting the establishment in Ireland of a new low-carbon investment fund focused on investing in Irish cleantech SMEs at a regional level, by extension supporting regional job growth.


CEO of Sustainable Nation Ireland Stephen Nolan confirmed the body will update the IFS2020 Joint Committee in Q3 2017 regarding progress.


“This key role for Sustainable Nation further cements our mission to develop Ireland as a global centre for sustainable, responsible investment and innovation. We are relishing the challenge.”


Pic: Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland; An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D.; and Minister Eoghan Murphy, T.D. at the European Financial Forum, Dublin Castle 24th January 2017.


OxyMem, a fast growing Irish Cleantech company who have been
commercialising an innovative solution to reduce costs of wastewater treatment – the Membrane
Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR), was named for the second year running in the prestigious 2017 Global
Cleantech 100. OxyMem was the only Irish company to make the 2017 list produced by CTG (Cleantech
Group), whose work keeps its audiences and clients in touch with emerging trends, leading innovation
companies and all key players in sustainable innovation, which is produced by Cleantech Group,
The Global Cleantech 100 represents the most innovative and promising ideas impacting the future of
a wide-range of industries. Featuring companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean
technology challenges, the Global Cleantech 100 is a comprehensive list of private companies with the
highest potential to make significant market impact within a 5-10 year timeframe.
“To be recognised for the second year running in the prestigious Global Cleantech 100 company is real
validation of our efforts over the last 4 years. This highlights, to a highly conservative water market, a value proposition that makes OxyMem the stand out contender in energy efficient wastewater
treatment.” – OxyMem CEO, Wayne Byrne explained.
This list is collated by combining proprietary CTG research data, with weighted qualitative judgments
from hundreds of nominations, and specific inputs from a global 86-person Expert Panel. To qualify for
the list, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies that are not listed on any
major stock exchange.
This year, a record number of nominations were received: 9,900 distinct companies from 77 countries.
These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 325 companies. Short-listed
nominees were reviewed by CTG’s Expert Panel, resulting in a finalized list of 100 companies from 17
“Sustainable Nation is helping to mobilise Irish talent, capability and business sector to beat the global
2oC target. We are continually impressed by the quality of companies and entrepreneurs responding to
this global challenge. Having initially nominated OxyMem for this honour in 2015, we are delighted that
they have again received this accolade. OxyMem is to the fore in developing game-changing solutions
with global application, and I believe they are setting the bar for other Irish companies to join the
prestigious Cleantech100 list”, stated Aideen O’Hora, Director, Sustainable Nation Ireland.
The 86-member expert panel was drawn equally from leading financial investors and representatives
of multi-national corporations and industrials active in technology and innovation scouting across Asia,
Europe, and North America. The composition of the expert panel broadly represents the global
cleantech community, from pioneers and leaders to veterans and new entrants. The diversity of
panelists results in a list of companies that command an expansive base of respect and support from
many important players within the global cleantech innovation ecosystem.
“From day one, the purpose of the Global Cleantech 100 program was to act as our barometric read on
how the many facets that contribute to the emergence and maturing of an innovation theme like
cleantech (the “doing of more with less”) are changing year on year,” said Richard Youngman, CEO,
CTG (Cleantech Group). “Now in its 8th year, we see more signals this year of the ongoing
mainstreaming of clean technologies, sustainability, and resource efficiency on its journey towards the
point where this is just the normal way business is done.”
• The complete list of 100 companies was revealed on January 23rd at the 15th annual
Cleantech Forum San Francisco:
• For complete information on OxyMem’s leadership within the cleantech space, access i3 by
visiting—CTG’s leading market intelligence platform
• The list is accompanied by a full report with commentary and insight on the 2017 Global
Cleantech 100—authored by CTG, powered by data from i3, and sponsored by Chubb.
Download the report at:
• The complete list of Global Cleantech 100 Expert Panel members is available at


600 top firms and innovators confirmed for November’s Sustainability Gathering events to celebrate Irish leadership in sustainable investment and innovation


The fifth ‘Sustainability Gathering’ will be held in Dublin on November 20, bringing together more than 600 hundred established businesses, investors, policy-makers and start-ups.The event will discuss and showcase the many ways that Irish businesses can grab a share of the estimated €85 trillion which will be invested in global sustainability and resource efficiency by 2030.


More details to follow.


Register your interest in attending here

Dublin Living Lab secures membership of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).

Dublin has secured membership of the prestigious European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). ENoLL is the international federation of benchmarked Living Labs in Europe and worldwide; it is a community of Living Labs with a sustainable strategy for enhancing innovation on a systematic basis. The overall objective is to contribute to the creation of a dynamic European innovation system.
Under the auspices of The Green Way its founders submitted a collective application for the Dublin Living Lab. The Dublin Living Lab is there to support companies in pre-commercial testing of new technology or services in the cleantech sector. It’s a collection of public infrastructure – buildings, networks (energy, water, transport) and street lighting owned, operated and managed by founders of The Green Way. The Dublin Living Lab allows innovators to test in a real environment. Users – or potential consumers –try out the technology or service and give feedback, thus helping to shape the new products, services and processes. This co-creation drives innovation and productivity.
Welcoming the announcement, President of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Prof. Brian Norton said: This is a wonderful success and places Dublin in a global ecosystem of innovators. At DIT we have a strong track record in innovation and R&D, and membership of ENoLL allows us to share our experience and also allows us to learn from global experts in the emerging thematics of smart cities and cleantech. In addition to sharing knowledge we are committed to collaborate with innovators that wish to test new technology or services at new campus at Grangegorman, ultimately supporting Irish organisations to generate job opportunities. Adding to this comment, Prof. Norton said: DIT is partnering with Dublin City Council (DCC) on a Horizon 2020 Smart Cities Project. The purpose of the project is to better understand convergence of energy, ICT and transport between Grangegorman campus and housing owned by DCC. Insight from the ENoLL community will be invaluable in this endeavour.
Commenting on this success, President of Dublin City University, Prof. Brian MacCraith said: Being part of ENoLL underpins DCU’s role as the University of Enterprise and our commitment to industry engagement in order to support research, development and innovation which can better cater for societal needs. Our recently opened Innovation Campus typifies this commitment; it is home to dynamic and innovative companies and acts as a test-bed where new technologies and solutions can be demonstrated and verified in partnership with co-located DCU researchers.
Ronan King, Chairman of The Green Way added: The Dublin Living Lab is a manifestation of academic, industrial and public sector leaders that wish to work together to support economic development. It will open up opportunities for the Irish cleantech ecosystem to connect to a global innovation and research. Dublin city region is dynamic in its approach to economic development, and membership of ENoLL supports this approach. It is an important milestone in terms of international recognition. Adding this Aideen O’Hora, Executive Director of The Green Way said The Green Way is working with our founders, Enterprise Ireland and a consortium of companies to develop Guidelines for a Living Lab – a methodology for how one should use a living lab. We are continually connecting with a wider community of private sector collaborators that are willing to work open-up their asset base to test new technology in the cleantech sector.
Further details on ENoLL, The Green Way and testing technology or services in the Dublin Living Lab, please contact

About European Network of Living Labs European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is the international federation of benchmarked Living Labs in Europe and worldwide. Founded in November 2006 under the auspices of the Finnish European Presidency, the network has grown in ‘waves’ up to this day. To this date, 7 Waves have been launched, resulting in over 340 accepted Living Labs. Dublin’s membership of ENoLL is part of an 8th Wave which will be announced at the 5th ENoLL Summer School to be held in Amsterdam from the 2nd to the 5th of September, 2014.
About The Green Way  The Green Way was founded in 2010 when a number of key regional and national stakeholders and thought leaders identified an opportunity for Dublin City Region to promote job creation and green economic growth through the stimulation of the cleantech sector to take advantage of this emerging market. It is a collaborative cluster, located in Dublin, connecting companies, government and researchers to work together in the development, promotion and deployment of clean technology solutions. The founding partners of The Green Way include Ballymun Regeneration Ltd (BRL), Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), Dublin City Council (DCC), Dublin City University (DCU), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT),Fingal County Council (FCC), and North Dublin Chamber (NDCC). Corporate and strategic partners include ESB and Magnet Networks.

Esave Corporation secures Horizon 2020 Funding

In December 2014, Esave Corporation (Dublin, Ireland) received approval for the first phase of up to €3 million European Commission Horizon 2020 grant funding.
This Horizon 2020 SME Instrument is targeted at the EU challenge for the development of a low carbon and efficient energy system. Esave is only one of five Irish companies to secure approval in this funding round. Across Europe, there was a total of 1,944 applications, but less than 10% were successful. The Enterprise Ireland – Horizon 2020 Team provided valued assistance in fine-tuning the application.   Innovative Energy Storage Solution The Esave Hybrid Energy Storage System is a flywheel/battery/power electronics solution that is ultra-fast and robust. It delivers power quality, additional capacity and ancillary services revenues for wind and solar generation assets. The system functionality provides grid balancing capabilities that will enable up to 75% instantaneous wind penetration on the grid, while also mitigating curtailment losses and eliminating the need for statcom technology.
Demonstration Project and Partnering Esave is planning a pilot installation under the auspices of the EirGrid Demonstration Project program. EirGrid will provide significant technical support. Additionally, the UCD Energy Institute – Electricity Research Center has agreed to partner in the project and bring extensive electrical research and modelling expertise.
Up to the end of September 2014, Esave had been progressing a planned pilot installation with Mainstream Renewable Power, but regrettably due corporate restructuring at Mainstream, they are now unable to proceed. We wish them the very best for the future.
Esave is now seeking a replacement windfarm or utility ‘Installation Partner’ to trial the system. We believe that the Installation Partner will benefit significantly from participation in the Demonstration Project. If this is of interest, please contact us.
Bigger Partnering Opportunities? Esave is also seeking potential partnering with other organizations to potentially secure Horizon 2020: Large Scale Energy Storage funding. The EU Commission considers that proposals in the range of €16 to €20 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. The total call budget is €189.5 million, the call opened in December 2014 and closes for applications in May 2015. Applications require three legal entities from three different qualifying countries.  ~~~ END ~~~
About Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme yet, one of the biggest publicly funded worldwide and has a budget of nearly €80 billion available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Energy storage will play a key role in enabling the EU to develop a low-carbon electricity system.
About Esave Corporation Esave is a cleantech technology company that designs and manufactures Smart Grid Network Solutions that deliver superior power quality and energy storage to enable to increased revenues and reduced operational costs for wind and solar plant assets. The company is an Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-up (HPSU) client. Esave is an IBM Business Partner and was a finalist in the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program in 2012.
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Come play on my grid, Ireland’s smart grid leading the world

Maryland Governor Martin O’ Malley, Fintan Slye Chief Executive Eirgrid during a vist by the Maryland Governor to Eirgrid at Eirgrid Offices, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins.

Maryland Governor Martin O’ Malley, Fintan Slye Chief Executive Eirgrid during a vist by the Maryland Governor to Eirgrid at Eirgrid Offices, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins.


 Kathleen Barrington reports that Ireland’s Smart Grid will extend a welcome to innovators and policymakers who want to see what the future looks like.


If you are the guys running Ireland’s Smart Grid, some pretty interesting people want to meet you. People like Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a possible 2016 US Presidential candidate; people like Steven Chu, the Nobel prize winner and former US Energy Secretary; people like US Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and people like UK Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Some of the world’s top political brass take time out of their busy schedules to drop in to EirGrid’s offices in Dublin’s Ballsbridge to hear about Ireland’s Smart Grid. That’s because Ireland is the first country in the world to manage a power system where the grid can accept as much as 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources – mainly wind — while guaranteeing continuity of supply to customers. EirGrid Chief Executive Fintan Slye says that EirGrid has a target of being a world leading company in the smart grid area.

“The renewable targets across the island mean that the power system of Ireland and Northern Ireland will have one of the highest penetrations of variable renewable generation in the world. The integration of renewables and an expected increase in customer participation will increase the complexity of managing the power system and require an increase in the ‘smartness’ of the grid,’’ he says.

“The relatively small size of the power system together with the ambitious renewable targets means that Ireland and Northern Ireland are at the forefront of identifying and solving many of the challenges.”

“Ireland is globally the best in the world for Smart Grid infrastructure,’’ explains Michael Walsh, the Executive Director of the Future Grids division in EirGrid, the state-owned electric power transmission operator in Ireland. “We are first in something that matters.

We are first in the world to manage a national power system with 40 per cent renewables. Only Texas comes remotely near. We are a decade ahead of the UK and 20 years ahead of the rest of Europe,’’Walsh reveals.

It is true that Denmark has achieved 50 per cent wind, but that is because it is interconnected to a larger European grid, whereas Ireland has built a system which can take as much as 40 per cent energy from renewables on a single grid serving about 5 million people in the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Ireland and Northern Ireland have a unique opportunity in Smart Grid as the country’s rich wind energy resource has allowed it set a target of 40 per cent energy to come from renewable resources by 2020. The island is effectively a live laboratory of Smart Grid evolution.

“We have had to be innovative because we don’t have any compensating grids to avail of,’’ says Walsh. Walsh admits that many of the VIPs who drop in to EirGrid are there to check if what they are hearing about in theory is actually working in practice. “There is a lot of ‘will it really work?’ So that is why they come by here.’’