Ireland Leads the Way in Clean Technologies

March 10, 2011

In today’s economy it is questionable whether businesses should continue to seek overseas work partnerships or focus entirely local. Perhaps the answer is the work should go to who’s going to do the best for the world, spreading the economy out over all of those that work to achieve it.

One company that is partnering with many American companies because they are already set to accommodate our ecological needs is the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) located in Ireland. IDA works with over 1,000 multinational companies, including IBM, GE Energy, Airtricity, Wavebob, and Ocean Energy to promote the use of clean technologies such as wind and water power.

Airtricity, a company that IDA currently works with, is a leading the way  in renewable energy and wind farms. Airtricity was started in 2000 and now supplies green renewable electricity to over 38,000 customers throughout Ireland. It has 14 wind farms that are in operation and nine more that are under construction.

GE Energy partnered with Airtricity to develop the first commercial application of wind turbines that are over three megawatts in size off the coast of Ireland. This dedication to green energy should be mandatory worldwide, but until it is, companies have to seek those professionals that are leading the way.

Wind Turbines off the coast of Ireland

Businesses go there to partner with IDA Ireland because of its already implemented green programs, team of professionals and universities working to further wind energy developments and its high technology sectors, including:

  • Communications
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Medical Devices
  • Wind Energy
  • Ocean Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Bioenergy (Transport fuels, cooling/heating systems, conversion of bio-chemicals)
  • Energy Management

The unique factors that allow Ireland to continue to be a leading environmental influence are that it has a strong supporting government and some of the best natural wind and wave resources.

“Our strategic location is a natural advantage for the generation of many renewable energy sources and is backed by a high level of relevant skills and experience, a thriving RD&I environment and supportive government policies.”

The government’s commitment can be seen in their proclamation that by 2020 they will have 40% of electricity used generated by renewable sources and they have put into place a range of monetary incentives and tax breaks to encourage green design.

Clare, Ireland: Natural Resources

Although the other benefits that Ireland offers, besides natural resources and government support, can be found elsewhere in the world, the world is lacking especially in areas of demand in clean technology progress.  These include:

  • Natural market
  • Leading research facilities
  • Experience workforce
  • Capital invest relief
  • Corporate tax rates
  • Access to workforce
  • Access to Europe, Middle East and Africa

While the world seems slow to respond, some countries such as Ireland and companies like IDA are well ahead in the game.  They are encouraging economic green growth and advance clean technologies that need to be used throughout the world and are willing to partner with companies everywhere to get it done.

Sources: IDA Ireland



Jennifer Shockley

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.