The areas where companies could shine and help power a solar revolution
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) says there is a range of expertise already available across industry and third-level which could help develop a lucrative solar market. EU ambition to reduce emissions will be key to success, and opportunities exist across development of new technologies to monitoring systems.
Kingspan and CRH develop building materials, and could help develop integrated panels for rooftops, assisted by institutions such as DIT. UCD and Trinity College Dublin are working in the area of developing novel materials, while redT and the University of Limerick are working in the area of remote monitoring systems.
NovoGrid and Solo Energy are involved in smart grid products and services, while systems which combine solar generation and storage have been developed by Instant Solar and Wattz.
Nines Photovoltaics, Intel and the Tyndall Institute in Cork are also at the forefront of research.