80 energy jobs created
Eighty jobs are to be created with the expansion of a homegrown energy technology firm, it was revealed today.
SolarPrint is to open a new headquarters in Dublin to house its first high volume manufacturing line next year.
Batt O'Keeffe, Enterprise Minister, said the company had an exciting and ambitious business plan.
"As Ireland enters economic recovery, the Government is anxious to continue supporting innovative scalable enterprises that can create high-quality jobs and drive strong export sales," he said.
SolarPrint specialises in developing dye sensitised solar cell (DSSC) technology, used to convert light into energy.
It is currently patenting a design which generates power at a lower cost than similar systems.
The company has signed an agreement with car manufacturer Fiat to develop solar panels for the roof of a car to generate alternative sources of energy for vehicles by converting light to power.
The 80 jobs will be in the fields of chemistry, electrical engineering, physics and material sciences and also commercial and financial roles.
Dr Mazhar Bari, SolarPrint chief executive, said: "This recruitment drive will be a significant shot in the arm for the post-graduate research sector in Ireland and will help to position Ireland as a viable knowledge centre in the field of photovoltaic technology.
"However, on a wider level, we would like to think that we are making an important contribution to the ongoing advancement of the clean technology agenda in Ireland and elsewhere.