Three Irish SMEs win funding to develop smart technology solutions for Building Energy Ratings
21st June 2016
SEAI and Enterprise Ireland announce winners of innovation competition
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), together with Enterprise Ireland, has announced the three winners of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competition to develop smart technology solutions for Building Energy Rating (BER). Each company will receive €30,000 from SEAI to research and demonstrate the viability of their smart solutions to help make BER more influential for homeowners.
The successful businesses and their proposals are:
- Derilinx through its Energy Data Hub will provide data to property supply chain stakeholders giving them insights into a buildings energy rating.
- Elm Solutions are developing Jouleco a smart solution which connects all BER users and cultivates an active community based around improving home energy efficiency.
- IHER will develop BERWow an application that will help homeowners interpret their BER and help achieve the best possible energy performance for their home.
Commenting SEAI Chief Executive Jim Gannon said: “Smart solutions, including mobile technology, can make BERs more informative and influential in property transactions and upgrades. With more than 600,000 BERs published, there is now a wealth of data to allow valuable comparisons to be made on energy performance. With a number of SEAI programmes reaching advanced stages of maturity, a key short term focus for us is to generate robust and data-driven insights into the most cost effective measures and combinations across both residential and non-residential buildings. These projects represent a starting point and a key strand of this exercise in the residential sector.”
Leo McAdams, Divisional Manager ICT and International Services, Enterprise Ireland added: “Enterprise Ireland is excited to work with SEAI on this innovative initiative, and we congratulate the winners. Our efforts in promoting SBIR are all part of Enterprise Ireland’s strategy to get more Irish businesses delivering creative, innovative solutions for the public sector with potential to sell globally, leading to job creation.”
The companies have three months to develop their solution to pre-prototype stage, after which, up to two will be selected for further funding (up to €150,000) to complete prototype solutions.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. SEAI is designated as the Issuing Authority for Building Energy Ratings in Ireland. SEAI is partly financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.
Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. It supports sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.
What is Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)?
SBIR refers to the public procurement of research and development on new innovative solutions before they are commercially available. It involves different suppliers competing through different phases of development, while the risks and benefits are shared between the procurers and the suppliers under market conditions.
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