Ireland's First Student-led Energy Summit


Electricity Supply Board (ESB) was founded back in 1927 with a clear vision of becoming Ireland’s leading Energy Company and the passion to create a brighter future for energy and sustainability. Presently, a 95% majority of ESB is owned by the Irish Government with the remaining 5% held by the trustees of an Employee Share Ownership Plan. Fast forward to 2018 and ESB is one of Ireland’s well renowned utility establishments supplying around 2.3 million customers throughout Ireland and has a regulated asset
base of approximately €9 billion with 43% of electricity generation capacity in the all-island market. To add to their success story, in 2012 Electric Ireland became the retail division of ESB. Electric Ireland is recognised as Irelands leading energy provider, supplying electricity, gas and energy services to over 1.2 million households and 95,000 businesses in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Today, ESB are working towards transforming the future of energy by understanding the need for the customer to take the reins and manage their own energy in a greener more efficient way. ESB are following a greener path in energy by using the power of solar, wind, wave and storage. The ESB Networks strategy includes a timeline of various milestones which they wish to achieve over the coming years. By 2020 Ireland is committed to having 40% of its electricity supplied from renewable resources. As a result of this, 25% of buildings will be using solar energy by 2025, since ESB Novusmodus (one of Europe’s largest cleantech funds) invested in two innovative solar companies- TenKSolar and Lumicity. By 2027 ESB hopes to become a world class sustainable networks business along with Ireland having a low Carbon electricity system put in place by 2030 making our homes and businesses part of the Smart Network. This strategy has been put in place with the driving factor of ESB becoming carbon neutral by
2050. When it comes to innovation and knowledge development ESB is top of their game; funding various research projects and start-up companies. The ESB Westwave project is world leading in its design knowledge development and sharing. This project is one of the first demo trials of its kind in the world held right here in Ireland at Killard, Co Clare. ESB has recognised the opportunity for wave energy in Ireland noting that Ireland’s vast ocean energy resources have the potential to provide 20% of Ireland’s
electricity needs. With ESB continually improving, taking initiative, making new discoveries and pushing to the top it is no wonder they have the reputation they do today. And with their breakthroughs and research we are looking forward to being a-part of their plans to lighting the path for a greener and cleaner future for energy.

Gas Networks Ireland

Gas Networks Ireland owns and operates one of the safest and most reliable natural gas networks in the world. With abundant capacity for additional connections, our network consists of over 14,000km of gas pipelines supplying 700,000 customers, in 21 counties, across Ireland. Addressing climate change is a key priority for us and we are committed to playing a leading role in decarbonising Ireland’s energy future through energy innovation such as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Renewable Gas. In 2019, we are introducing Renewable Gas, a new, indigenous and sustainable source of energy to our network. Our ambition is to have 20% Renewable Gas on the gas network by 2030. To connect your business to the natural gas network, contact businesslink at 1850 411 511 and we will be delighted to assist you. Alternatively, you can contact us by email on businesslink@gasnetworks.ie or visit our website www.gasnetworks.ie


Mitsubishi Electric is one of the world’s leading names in the manufacture and sales of electrical and electronic products and systems used in a broad range of fields and applications. As a global, leading green company, we’re applying our technologies to contribute to society and daily life around the world. Mitsubishi Electric Ireland serves three distinct market segments — Air Conditioning, Heating and Factory Automation. Mitsubishi Electric is a world leader in air conditioning systems for residential, commercial
and industrial use. Challenged to create air conditioning systems that provide exemplary performance in the wide-ranging climatic conditions found throughout Japan, our engineers develop amazingly sophisticated yet durable units and systems capable of constant use under virtually any natural climatic condition on Earth. Each product is an
amazing feat in its own, delivering years of quiet operation, energy-efficient performance and minimum impact on the environment.
Ecodan Air to Water heat pumps provide a simple, renewable solution that rivals traditional heating systems. Heat pump technology has been used around the world for decades and Mitsubishi Electric have developed this technology to produce Ecodan – one of the most advanced, efficient heating systems available today. The Ecodan heat pump range is suitable for small to large applications, be that domestic or commercial. Mitsubishi Electric
renewable heat pump technology offers improved energy efficiency that meets tough legislation to deliver effective, low carbon heating and hot water. After more than 35 years in Ireland we continue to lead the field in Living Environmental Systems from our innovative commercial and business air conditioning products to our domestic Ecodan heat pumps. Mitsubishi Electric Ireland is firmly set on strengthening,
consolidating and growing its market-leading status for the foreseeable future.


MaREI is the marine and renewable energy research, development and innovation Centre supported by Science Foundation Ireland. It combines the expertise of a wide range of research groups and industry partners, with the shared mission of solving the main scientific, technical and socio-economic challenges across the marine and renewable energy sectors.  MaREI is coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork and has over 200 researchers working across 6 academic institutions collaborating with over 45 industry partners. 

The MaREI Centre conducts fundamental scientific research relating to marine and renewable energy applications and enables the development and testing of technology  through to the construction of demonstration systems.  MaREI offers unique world class MRE testing infrastructure, state-of-the-art structural laboratories, novel prototypes and measurement equipment that allow the systematic identification and reduction of development risks through a structured TRL development cycle. This, combined with the technical competence of its employees, makes it a preferred research and development partner for companies and research institutes across the world.  Our specific strength is our ability to work in interdisciplinary teams and combine insights to allow a wide spectrum of research and development services. 

MaREI provides innovative research, development, engineering and consulting services and tailor-made solutions for companies of all industries. MaREI partners benefit from the synergies and multidisciplinary potential of the various disciplines at our Centre, thus enabling novel approaches to problem solving and development.  MaREI has active collaborative contracts with greater than 45 companies and is participating in various FP7 & H2020 projects (co-ordinating 5). In addition to collaborative contract R&D, we offer analytical and testing services of reliable and constant quality fulfilling international standards. 

The MaREI research team comprises internationally recognised experts from UCC, NUIG, UL, MU, UCD, and CIT, who have complementary research backgrounds key to providing the underpinning research necessary for Ireland to develop commercially successful marine and renewable energy industries. Currently, it has over 200 employees and its budget exceeds 35 million euro. 

The Ryan Institute

Advancing sustainability and innovation is central to the research activities of the Ryan Institute’s Research Centres/Clusters and Research Groups. The Ryan Institute is engaged in research and partnerships that contribute to the majority of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which need to be achieved both nationally and internationally between now and 2030. 

The Ryan Institute focuses on four thematic research areas, namely
(1) Marine & Coastal,
(2) Energy & Climate Change,
(3) Agriculture & BioEconomy, and
(4) Environment & Health.

The Ryan Institute is comprised of 12 Research Centres/Clusters spanning these four thematic research areas. At present, the Ryan Institute is NUI Galway’s largest research institute comprised of 89 Research Groups and 12 Research Centres/Clusters that are responsible for over 500 funded research projects comprising circa. 20% of the overall research income of NUI Galway.