5k green energy jobs for midlands?

A proposed new renewable energy campus entitled Innovation Green could unlock up to 5,200 potential jobs in Ireland’s midlands.

Innovation Green is a new initiative established to create the first 100pc independent renewable energy microgrid in Ireland to develop a prototype “low carbon trade and distribution campus.”

The campus, which will be located on 1,800 acres, will be located in the midlands; 15km west of Tullamore and 23km east of Athlone.

“Ireland may gain competitive advantage as an industry location by offering carbon-efficient investment sites”

It is envisaged that it will provide a centre of excellence for companies and researchers looking to test and develop renewable and sustainable energy solutions to real world environmental problems related to trade and industry.

Innovation Green has been developed in co-operation with Midlands Airport Developments ltd, InSite Bavaria, The Technical University of Munich, Siemens and Amova to deliver this project for the region.

The development, whose backers claim it has the long-term potential to create up to 5,200 jobs in the Midlands is to be built on the site of the proposed Midlands Airport.

Renewable energy microgrid

Ireland’s first 100pc independent renewable energy microgrid is planned to be developed by the end of 2025, and will begin with powering the proposed campus competence centre in partnership with InSite Bavaria and the Technical University of Munich.

“Considering the role that the midlands has historically played in the energy sector, it is the natural place to start Ireland’s next chapter in developing renewable and sustainable energy”

The planned trade and distribution centre of excellence will also serve as a home to researchers and companies wishing to develop new technologies benefiting from the innovative campus technology.

“Siemens is delighted to support this project by providing technical expertise in the areas of Smart Grid, Campus and Buildings in this exciting project”, said Gary O’Callaghan CEO of Siemens Ireland.

The Innovation Green idea, which has been developing together with researchers and industry representatives from Ireland and Germany, is aimed at creating safer, cleaner, smarter development zones and learning lessons that could be applied around the world.

“It is key to our sustainable growth that we develop in a new way to decarbonise industry in Europe – Ireland may gain competitive advantage as an industry location by offering carbon-efficient investment sites,” said Daniel Gottschald of InSite Bavaria.

“Considering the role that the midlands has historically played in the energy sector, it is the natural place to start Ireland’s next chapter in developing renewable and sustainable energy” stated

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 4 February, 2020