Sustainability takes centre stage at Enterprise Ireland Technology Forum

Large group of attendees standing in a conference room with Technology Gateway stands to the right

On Thursday the 16th June, companies from a wide variety of sectors attended the Enterprise Ireland Technology Forum – Where industry and Innovators connect’ at Croke Park Dublin.  

The event was a join enterprise between Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Network and Technology Centres. The theme was sustainability and aimed at companies who were thinking about developing, and investing in sustainable products, processes or services.  

On the day companies could also engage with research teams and discover how Technology Gateways and Technology Centres can assist them in creating an environment of Research, Development and innovation.  

Participants heard from a number of companies who have collaborated with the Technology Gateways and Centres and utilised expertise available within the host Universities, Technological Universities and Institutes of Technology.  

Opening remarks were provided by Mark Whelan, Programme Manager for Technology Gateways, who outlined the benefits to companies when collaborating with Technology Gateways and Technology Centres.  

This was followed by a range of industry presentations, all featuring sustainability at their core. Providing the audience with an insight into the wide scope of current RD&I projects within industry.  

Presentations on the day included:  

Yonael Bernard from Lambay Whiskey, a unique Irish Whiskey company based on Lambay Island, Co Dublin, who shared insights on their ongoing collaboration with CREDIT Technology Gateway. CREDIT recently undertook an energy appraisal of the Islands current loads, and forecasted future loads and possible energy supplies including a battery storage system.  

This was followed by Kevin Cronin from Freefoam, who manufactures a wide range of innovative uPVC fascia and soffit products. Kevin discussed how working with Technology Centre, Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) allowed them to demystify, derisk and deliver.   

Kieran Coffey from MyGug discussed his innovative product “MyGug”   an Anaerobic Digestion System which turns food waste into methane gas. My Gug collaborated with WiSAR Technology Gateway on the project utilising Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher’s.  

The final presentation of the day was by Michael Mulloy and Derek Aherne from SSE Airtricity, who have worked with Technology Centre CeADAR since 2017 on a variety of innovation projects including a wind forecasting project.  

The event provided an opportunity for companies to experience the range of expertise, funding and support available through the 16 Gateways and 8 Centre’s as well as an opportunity to discuss future collaborations with the research teams. 


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