On the 10th and 11th of April 2013, The RDS hosted the annual Energy Show. The Energy Show’s popularity has grown exponentially over recent years with over three thousand businesses with an interest in the sustainable energy sector visiting the exhibition. This year’s event was launched by Mr Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources.
The show presented an opportunity for Smart ECO Hub members to exhibit their products and speak with Minister Rabbitte along with European guests, including the French Ambassador her Excellency Madame Emmanuelle d’Achon together with Board Members of Ireland’s National Energy Agency, The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
Speaking at the Energy Show in the RDS Dublin on the 10th April 2013, Michael Curran, Director of Services, Economic and Cross Border Development, with Louth Local Authorities and responsibility for management of Smart ECO Hub commented:
‘It’s tremendous to see the continued growth and innovation in the energy sector today. The vast number of exhibitors at the Energy Show is a clear demonstration of the enthusiasm and commitment from the sector. Today presented a great opportunity for Smart ECO Hub members to showcase their products and speak with Minister Pat Rabbitte TD who announced at the Energy Show, €11m worth of funding for energy schemes promoting energy efficiency retrofits in local communities. This offers a great boost for companies in the energy supply chain, communities and homeowners.
The vision of the Smart ECO Hub is to develop a cluster along the M1 Economic corridor of innovating companies in the Energy sector. The Smart ECO Hub will support businesses through the delivery of product and technology innovation.
The cluster will focus its efforts within the wider national energy policy framework and encompass an EU and an international perspective, facilitating full exploitation of all synergies in this sector with the aim to create employment and growth in energy and energy related industries along the M1 corridor.’
Clusters developed through Smart ECO Hub will pursue their aims in the following areas of expertise: CleanTech /Manufacturing, Renewable Energy Technology, Energy Control systems/ Energy Storage technology, Sustainable Energy Build and Living Labs/Testing and Trialing. The Smart ECO Hub will aim to encourage collaboration and innovation amongst businesses and provide niche opportunities within the sector.
For more information about the Smart ECO Hub please contact email@example.com or contact 00353 429385722. This project is part financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
The INTERREG IVA 2007-2013 Programme is worth €256 million and aims to address the economic and social problems which result from the existence of borders. It has two distinct priority measures to create co-operation for a more prosperous and sustainable cross-border region.
For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu