Category: Business

Energy provider Innowatts to create 40 jobs with newly established European headquarters

Innowatts, an energy technology company has announced plans to create more than 40 new jobs here in Ireland at its newly established European headquarters in Cork.

Innowatts provides companies with the data needed to be more predictive, proactive and connected to their customers and ratepayers, helping them better manage risk, improve profitability, maintain grid reliability and anticipate sustainability trends.

Connected to over 43 million smart meters globally, the company’s artificial intelligence-driven platform analyses over five billion data points every hour.

The company has been in operation in Europe since 2019.

It said it sees enormous potential to empower electricity suppliers and grid operators to gain unrivalled insights that will support them in the transition to a sustainable energy system.

The new roles in Cork include data architects, data scientists, full stack and dev-op engineers alongside energy specialist roles including wholesale market traders, forecasters and risk managers.

The company’s chief product and technology officer and General Manager Europe, David Boundy, said that Europe’s journey to net zero is accelerating at rapid pace, now more than ever electricity suppliers and grid operators find themselves in need of data insights to make informed decisions that best serve their customers, today and tomorrow.

“The goal for our expansion in Europe is to help electricity suppliers, grid operators and their customers make the most out of the transition to a smarter, greener energy system,” Mr Boundy said.

“By summer 2021, the UK alone is expected to have over 25 million smart meters producing billions of bits of data an hour. However, to date, much of this data has remained untapped. We’re here to change that,” he added.

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said that Innowatts’ decision to establish an Irish base from which to expand its European operations is very welcome news and closely aligns with IDA’s aim of winning investments in new sustainability related activities.

Source: RTE News

Greencoat Renewables to develop Finnish windfarm in massive €60m deal

This will be the first transaction in the Nordic market for the renewable infrastructure company.

Greencoat Renewables, which is headquartered in Dublin is a renewable infrastructure company, which is acquiring a windfarm in Finland for approximately €60m.

The Kokkoneva windfarm is currently under construction in Siikalatva, Finland, and commercial operations are expected to commence in the second quarter of 2022. The transaction will only be completed once the development is fully operational.

Abo Wind will finance and manage the construction of the windfarm and will provide operational management services once it is operational. It is a subsidy-free windfarm and has entered a 10-year fixed-price power purchase agreement (PPA) with Gasum, Finland’s state-owned gas utility, for the majority of the electricity generated.

Greencoat said that this deal, which marks the company’s first transaction in the Nordic market, is line with its European expansion strategy.

Last December, Greencoat Renewables raised €125m in a share placing. The company said net proceeds would be used to refinance its revolving credit facility to take advantage of more than €500m worth of acquisition opportunities in Ireland and other target European countries.

The company announced back in December 2020 that it would buy two new windfarms here in Ireland , located in Co Offaly and Co Cavan, when they become operational next year.

Source : Silicone Republic

Harmac to create 60 jobs in Roscommon

Harmac Medical Products, Inc, is an innovative, full service contract manufacturer of single-use medical devices, serving the global marketplace for more than 35 years. It is now due to expand its Co Roscommon facility, creating 60 roles as the company is in high demand with production during this unprecedented global demand fueled by Covid-19.

The New York headquartered company, which makes surgical masks and non-invasive ventilation products, said the new jobs were part of a major investment at the site in Castlerea. The company employes more than 300 employees in Castlerea, and will recruit in the areas of engineering, quality and manufacturing.

Harmacs expansion will allow the company to manufacture substantial volumes of surgical masks for a multinational client, and also increase manufacturing of non-invasive ventilation devices for intersurgical respiratory systems.

“Harmac’s Castlerea campus has class-leading capabilities, allowing us to collaborate with customers from a design, engineering, tooling and manufacturing standpoint to ensure that projects are brought online as aggressively as possible,” said Harmac Ireland’s managing director Mick McEnroe. “It’s a major differentiator between us and our competitors, and it’s very inspiring to be able to help customers under these circumstances.”

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade & Employment Leo Varadkar welcomed the news. “These 60 new jobs, will greatly accelerate the company’s response to the pandemic, significantly increasing production of masks and ventilation products,” he said.

The investment is being supported by IDA Ireland. Chief executive Martin Shanahan said the company, which is one of the biggest employers in Co Roscommon, could be assured of IDA Ireland’s continued support.

“All of us at Harmac are very proud of what we’ve accomplished during this challenging year by onboarding and supporting these new customers and their products in record time,” said president and chief executive John F Somers. “We take great satisfaction in knowing that our employees are protected by masks made by our team members – and that our team members are helping people around the world by manufacturing products that will help keep Covid-19 patients alive.”


Engineers discuss tackling ‘the greatest contemporary challenge’ – Climate Change

President Michael D. Higgins spoke to the remote audience of engineers, representing the full spectrum of the engineering profession, that “Engineers have a clear role to play to ensure that everyone in the world has access to clean water, sanitation, reliable energy, and safeguarded from climate change’s adverse impacts which are already manifesting.”

He stated that climate change is “the greatest contemporary challenge facing us as inhabitants of this planet in peril,” President Higgins, said: “Nature has a fine balance, and scientific models are so sophisticated and precise now that this can be shown empirically. Earth’s ecosystem, the composition of the atmosphere, and the world’s weather – our ecological systems – operate in a stable equilibrium or homeostasis. An ostensibly small change in just one parameter within this equilibrium, such as that brought about by human-sourced emissions of greenhouse gases, results in weather changes that include increasing temperatures and changing precipitation patterns, with catastrophic impacts on sea-level rises. The cumulative effect of this is climate chaos with all its social and economic consequences.

“I suggest respectfully that the time has long passed for debate on the science, useless apportionments of blame, or idle comparisons. Action is now needed, and I ask all engineers across all branches of engineering to play their role.”

President Higgins went on to discuss that the Irish education system “needs to generate many more engineers armed with skills needed to meet the global climate-change challenge and to build a sustainable world.”

President Higgins also referenced Engineers Ireland’s, Engineering 2020, report which found that almost three-quarters of the Irish public believe engineers have an ethical obligation to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss. He quoted: “Engineers are central to sustainable development and are uniquely placed to help the world meet critical Sustainable Development Goals.”

The Conference includes speakers from the UK, USA, the Netherlands and Portugal in addition to contributions from speakers with Ireland based engineering-led expertise.They will be presenting on topics as diverse as Carbon Capture and Storage, Off Shore Wind Generation, the Future Energy Citizen and climate resilient and liveable communities, Irish based conference speakers include representatives from the Office of Public Works, ESB, Ervia, Irish Water, Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub and academics from University College Cork/SFI MaREI Centre and University College Dublin.

Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland said: “Engineers have a key role to play in the transition to a sustainable, carbon-free society; Sustainable Development Goal 9 for example, calls for the building of resilient infrastructure, promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation. Our Conference aims to mobilise and educate engineers across all sectors to be drivers of climate action in their own business, network and communities.”

With the Government’s Budget 2021 announcement , Engineers Ireland published its report ‘The State of Ireland 2020 – Engineering a green and digital recovery’.

The report advocates that Ireland’s future will be green and digital, driven by investments in infrastructure, technology and education. Informed by a dedicated advisory group of engineers and other professionals, the report outlines a set of recommendations that will help the Irish economy to recover by tackling the challenges and embracing the opportunities arising from climate change, digitalisation and Brexit.

Source : Engineers Ireland Ltd

Pharma manufacturer Hovione announces 48 new jobs for Cork

Hovione will be hiring several positions across quality control, quality analysis, warehouse operations and production operations by the end of this year.

Hovione, is a contract pharmaceutical-manufacturing  and particle-engineering company in Cork, and has announced a number of new positions. The 48 new jobs follow a partnership agreement between Hovione and Ligand, a biopharma company based in San Diego, California.

These companies will work together to increase production of Captisol, a product that can improve the solubility and stability of drugs. Captisol is used in the Covid-19 treatment Veklury produced by US pharma company Gilead.

The selected candidates will be based on-site at Hovione’s in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, which has been in operation for over 10 years and currently has over 200 Hovione employees in Cork. It also has staff members around the world, with facilities in the USA, China, Portugal, India, Japan, Switzerland and Hong Kong.

Recruitment for the roles is underway and the team plan to fill them by the end of 2020.

Source : Silicone Republic

Edwards to create 120 jobs in new Dublin plant

The Vacuum engineering company Edwards is to set up a new service technology centre in Blanchardstown, in Dublin to support the semiconductor manufacturing industry here in Ireland.

Edwards supplies vacuum and abatement technology, along with the equipment and services, which are necessary to support the efficient and environmentally sustainable production of semiconductors.

The company said the centre in Blanchardstown will use advanced automation and data solutions to disassemble, clean, inspect, repair, replace and reassemble vacuum pumps and abatement equipment. 

The new facility will include warehousing facilities, factory areas, meeting rooms, and a dedicated training centre to cater to the practical and theoretical training needs of both Edwards employees and those of its customers.

Troy Metcalf, President of Edwards Semiconductor Service, said the company’s new Dublin site will become a flagship facility in its global network of service technology centres.

Edwards’ investment here is being supported by IDA Ireland. 

Source : RTE news

Developer of Irish Covid tracker app brings its tech to the US

After a successful launch of its app in Ireland and parts of the UK, The Irish company ‘NearForm’ has launched similar technology in Delaware, USA.

Irish-based ‘NearForm’ is launching the Covid-19 Alert DE app in the US state of Delaware, in partnership with local authorities, to help track and trace the spread of Covid-19 .The app is very similar to the company’s current Covid Tracker Ireland app, which had great success at the beginning of July.

Both are built on the exposure notification API developed by Apple and Google, which identifies when one person comes in contact with another on the exact day of contact using Bluetooth ‘handshakes’ from their devices sending them a direct notification.While the Covid Alert DE app will be available to anyone over 18 who lives, works or attends college in Delaware, it will also allow for interoperability across the US in states that also have exposure notification apps based on the Bluetooth technology.

“The Covid Alert DE mobile app puts power in citizens’ hands to protect each other in the fight against Covid-19,” he added. “The open-source technology was built with privacy and data protection at its core.”

Since it was launched, the app has been downloaded by more than 1.7m people. NearForm’s contact-tracing tech is now being used in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar and Scotland.

Source: Silicone Republic

‘Hundreds Of New Tik Tok Jobs’ to be created

The €420 million data centre, the company’s first in Europe, is to be operational by 2022 and signals TikTok’s “long-term commitment” to Ireland, according to chief information security officer, Roland Cloutier. 

Tik Tok Jobs

“My team is laser-focused on building our advanced security infrastructure, designing relevant programs, and engaging with the industry to develop our capabilities,” he said. 

“This investment in Ireland, to the value of approximately €420million, will create hundreds of new “Tik Tok” jobs and play a key role in further strengthening the safeguarding and protection of TikTok user data.”

He added: “Ireland already plays a key role in our rapidly expanding European operations. Since establishing our EMEA Trust and Safety Hub in Dublin at the start of this year, we have rapidly expanded our team.”

TikTok hit the headlines recently after US President Donald Trump suggested it had links with the Chinese government and posed a security risk. Trump all but stopped short of signing an order that would ban the app in the US.

Tech giant Microsoft is now reported to be in talks to buy the app from Chinese owners ByteDance, with Trump claiming the US Government should get a slice of the pie if that deal goes through.

Since May, this year TikTok has already been downloaded over 2 billion times!

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Lifesciences and Medtech growth

Ireland’s position as a global leader in the Medical Tech and Life Sciences sectors is underlined by the fact that 14 out of the world’s top 15 leading multinationals now have operations in Ireland.

Companies such as Boston Scientific, Medtronic, J&J/ DePuy, Stryker, Becton Dickinson, Baxter, Abbott and Cook continue to expand the sector, with many making significant ongoing investments.

“2018 saw a terrific combination of announcements from new names and existing companies,” explains Rachel Shelly, IDA’s Head of Medical Technologies Division, citing announcements by Edwards Lifesciences in the Mid West, the arrival of Quidel to Galway, expansions by Bausch and West Pharmaceuticals in Waterford, plus Avery Dennison in Longford.

She adds that innovation is also thriving, as seen by Becton Dickinson’s new global R&D centre in Limerick and Agilent Technologies Ireland opening of its purpose-built R&D extension to its Little Island facility in Co Cork.

“Today, over 74% of companies are engaged in R&D. There are 32,000 people directly employed in IDA client companies, and two of IDA Ireland’s Med Tech companies, Boston Scientific and Medtronic, are among the top five employers in Ireland.

“Companies like Abbott, Baxter, Stryker, Boston Scientific, Teleflex Medical, Medtronic, J +J, and Braun all have multiple Irish sites. There is also a strong global business services mandate, with 25% of our companies are engaged in such services,” she adds.

The Government’s policy and investments in STEM and support for innovation are also credited for the ongoing growth, coupled with client companies investments in the talent they are securing in Ireland, for the sector’s evolution from manufacture of class I non-invasive devices to today’s highly innovative Class II invasive devices and class III combination drug devices.

Martin Shanahan, IDA Ireland CEO, said that the very substantial contribution being made by the Life Sciences sector to Ireland’s economy is growing year on year.

“These are global companies operating at the highest level, using cutting edge technology and innovative processes to develop next generation medicines and medical devices to treat illnesses and medical conditions worldwide.”

He cites the example that the 25% of the world’s population that have diabetes rely on injectable devices manufactured in Ireland – that is over 30 million people. In addition, 50% of ventilators worldwide in acute hospitals are Irish made, 33% of the world’s contact lenses are manufactured here, 80% of global stent production is carried out in Ireland, as is 75% of global orthopaedic knee production.

“As a small island nation and against a backdrop of intense competition from other locations, geopolitical uncertainty and other challenges, we have developed a reputation in the sector that we can be justifiably proud of.”

Source: Irish Examiner

Top utilities employers in Ireland

Top employers in the utilities, energy and renewables sector

The most popular employers in the utilities, energy and renewables sector.
The top employers in the utilities, energy and renewables sector for 2018/19, as voted for by students and graduates, are:

1. ESB

Find out more about graduate careers with ESB here here

2.Bórd na Móna

Bord na Móna is an Irish company operating six business units: power generation, biomass, resource recovery, peat, horticulture, and fuels


Coillte is a state-sponsored forestry management company, focusing on innovative and sustainable management of natural resources.

4. EirGrid

EirGrid plc is the state-owned electric power transmission operator in Ireland.

5. SSE Airtricity

SSE Airtricity was founded in Ireland in 1997 and is now an energy company owned by SSE plc. It is an international wind farm developer and energy company.

6. Irish Cement

Irish Cement Ltd is part of the CRH Group, one of the world’s leading building materials companies which is headquartered in Dublin

7. Veolia Water

Veolia is an Irish environmental services company. They provide a range of energy, waste and water solutions.

8. Ervia

Ervia, previously known as Bord Gáis or Bord Gáis Éireann, is a multi-utility company distributing pipeline natural gas, water services and dark fibre services in Ireland.

The Ireland’s 100 leading graduate employers survey is part of the European Student Barometer and is conducted by Europe’s leading graduate research firm, trendence.

For more information on major graduate employers visit gradireland employers