Mean, Green Innovation Machines: 21 Irish Cleantech Companies You Should Know

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Cleantech – defined as technology which reduces waste and requires as few non-renewable resources as possible – plays an important role Ireland’s tech ecosystem.

Since 2010 The Green Way, Ireland’s cleantech cluster, has brought together members such as Dublin Airport Authority, Dublin City University and Dublin City Council with the aim of stimulating Ireland’s ‘green economy’, and EU targets of 40% renewable energy by 2020 mean the market for green tech is expanding

We’ve put together a list of Ireland’s eco-friendly tech companies, covering everything from tidal energy to food waste reduction to environmentally friendly laptops…

ACM Waste Management:
Founded in 1991 by Andy Jacobs and Barry Bolton, ACM is a recycling-led waste management company with clients including Unilever, Yamaha, Dr Martens shoes and West Ham United. @acmplc

BNRG Renewables:
This Dublin renewable energy company was founded in 2007 by David Maguire. Last year they announced that they were building a new €25 million solar energy project with the potential to generate electricity for up to 5000 homes for thirty years, in a joint venture with the UK’s Langmead group. @BNRGrenewables

Cellulac:
Based in Dundalk and Little Chesterford in the UK, Cellulac is a science, technology and industrial biochemicals company known for the sustainable production of lactic acid, converting what was once the second-largest brewery in Ireland into a plant for turning agricultural waste and dairy by-products into lactic acid. @Cellulac

Compass Informatics:
Founded by Gearoid O Riain and Paul Mills in 1997, Compass Informatics combines information and location technologies, working with clients like the NHS, Failte Ireland, the Heritage Council and the National Transport Authority. @CompassInfo

Cylon:
This multi-million-euro building management system company has offices in Dublin, the UK, the US, China and Germany, and was founded in Dublin in 1985 by Sean Giblin. Cylon develop pioneering solutions to industrial energy management. @CylonAE

Ecocem
Ecocem are a cement producer specialising in GGBS (Ground Granulated Blastfurnace Slag cement… what, you’ve never heard of it?). The difference with their product is that it’s a ’green cement’, saving CO2 and other emissions without compromising on the quality of a building. Ecocem was founded by Donal O’Riain in 2002. @Ecocem

Exergyn
This Irish energy recycling startup has developed a way to convert waste heat into power for a low cost. Founded in 2012 by Alan Healy, Barry Cullen and Kevin O’Toole, this year they won €2.48 million in funding from the SME Instrument of the EU’s Horizon 2020 scheme.

FenestraPro
This Dublin company provides cloud-based software for architects which enhances the design of green buildings, saving energy in the process. The company was founded by David Palmer and Simon Whelan in 2012. @FenestraPro

FoodCloud:
Feted in Time magazine, this Irish company facilitates distributing food to charities from businesses where it would usually go to waste. Founded at TCD Launchbox accelerator in 2013, they have a national distribution partner in Tesco and began a partnership with UK charity FoodShare this year. @FoodcloudIRE

Glen Dimplex:
Founded in Newry as ‘Glen Electric’ in 1973 by Martin Naughton, Glen Dimplex is the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical heating, bringing energy storage into homes with its Quantum System. In 2014 they partnered with Intel to produce an energy storage device which can potentially slash bills by 44%, using Dublin as a ‘living lab’. @GlenDimplex

Green Egg Technologies:
Launched in 2010 from the Green Way tech cluster and Dublin City University’s Energy and Design Lab, Green Egg Technologies create products for the clean technology market. They provide energy management systems for businesses, schools and public buildings as well as a Smart Home Hub for utility customers, called the Nexus.

Green Letterbox
A ‘Green Letterbox’ is one that’s paper-free, and this Dublin-based company founded by Nick Keegan lets you to achieve that in one simple step by signing up. It also allows for secure document storage in the cloud, easy bill payment… oh and it’s free (the savings made by companies by going paper free pays for the service). @GreenLetterbox

Hub Controller:
This smart panel for energy control in the home, called the Household Utility Bill Controller, displays real time energy costs with an adjoining smartphone app. Led by Oliver Hynes, the company is a beneficiary of Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start fund. @HUBController

Iameco Computers:
Established over two decades ago by designer Paul Maher, Iameco make sustainable computers, created without use of environmentally harmful chemicals and heavy metals. The end products are designed to be updated over time rather than thrown away. Iameco employ twenty five people in Dublin. @IamecoComputers

Ikon Semiconductors:
Founded in 2009 by Conor McAuliffe, Ikon create LED lighting fabless semiconductors with ‘intelligent digital design’. In 2013 they announced a breakthrough new integrated circuit design reducing the cost of components by 25%.

InfernEco:
Despite a fiendish name, InfernEco are the creators of the Fire Magic, a ‘firemaker’ fuel produced from waste materials. Founded by Sheamus Malone and Emmett Hedigan in 2008, their products have been produced in partnership with Bord na Mona since 2010, and are safe, odourless and eco-friendly.

Obeo:
A simple but ingenious invention for recycling food waste without making a mess, Obeo is a compostable brown cardboard box which sits on kitchen counters before it can be thrown straight into the brown bin, avoiding the dreaded ‘bin juice’. Backed by Enterprise Ireland and distributed nationally through Dunnes Stores and Supervalu, their next move will undoubtedly be Obeo for export… @weareobeo

OpenHydro:
A DCNS company, designs and manufactures tidal energy systems, i.e. hydropower systems which convert the waves of the sea into electricity. Based in Dublin’s Docklands as well as at at the port of Greenore in Co. Louth, their marine turbines produce economically viable renewable energy. @dcnsgroup

OxyMem:
This award-winning UCD spin out was founded in 2013, developing a water treatment system which can reduce costs for businesses by up to 75% using their Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR). Oxymem was founded by Professor Eoin Casey and Dr Eoin Syron at UCD’s School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. @oxymem

SmartBin:
Founded by Mark McCarville in 2003, SmartBin combines wireless telemetry and web access technology to provide remote monitoring and management systems for the waste collection industry. @Smartbin

Red T Energy:
Backed by Enterprise Ireland and the AIB Seed Capital Fund, Red T are the developers of reusable flow batteries, which can store energy and release it a grid when required (previously a major problem with flow batteries–read more here). They are based in Dublin and in the UK, and announced a contract this year to partner with UK energy storage company Green Acorn.
@redt_energy

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