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Shannon Energy Valley


  Pictured at the launch of the Shannon Energy Valley are John Hartnett, Chairman ITLG, Professor Vincent Cunnane, Chief Executive Shannon Development, Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Vice President Research, UL, An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, Craig Barrett, Chairman, ITLD, Dr Jim Browne, President NUI Galway.

The Shannon Energy Valley is a partnership between the University of Limerick, NUI Galway, Shannon Development and the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG). The Shannon Energy Valley renewable energy hub is a world-class cluster of sustainable energy-related activities in the Mid-West of Ireland, comprising industry & commerce, supporting services, research & development, and education. The Mid-West region is ideally positioned to become the centre for sustainable energy in Ireland, based on its natural resources, existing infrastructure, availability of skilled and semi-skilled workforce, and its strength in research & development and innovation. This cluster will benefit Ireland's economy and environment, as well as having a dramatic impact on the much-needed development and revitalisation of the Mid-West region.


  • Creation of a world-class cluster of sustainable energy-related activity to support job creation and business start-ups through national and international investment
  • Reduction of Ireland's carbon footprint, energy generation costs, dependency on fossil fuel imports and helping the country meet environmental and emissions commitments
  • Enhancing Ireland's capability in the sustainable energy sector by attracting world-class R&D energy expertise, realizing its commercial benefits and enabling further advanced R&D activities
  • Growing Ireland's smart economy by developing additional education and training capability at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in specialized energy disciplines

Related Media Links

Drive to Create Renewable Energy Hub - Irish Examiner, 16 March 2010

Ecosystem clustering a hothouse for energy - Business and Finance, Q1, 2010

Green Energy Hub for Shannon - Irish Times, 15 March  2010