Smart Grid Event attracts great turnout; business opportunities in the pipeline

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27.03.2012 | 11:58 AM
30.03.2012 - 11:58 AM

A great turnout of around 75 delegates attended the conference “Smart Grid: the Future of Energy Efficiency” in the Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday 27th March 2012 and over 50 private meetings took place between 7 visiting German companies in Irish workplaces on the following days 28th – 30th March. First results already include planned test projects in Ireland with German technology.

The presentations from the conference are available to download below.

Some points to note from the conference:

  • Smart Grid also offers great potential for inter-country co-operation, in particular between Germany and Ireland, as Smart Grid will open the market for new product offerings in the coming years along with new network management solutions.
  • In addition, Smart Grid will foster market integration towards European integrated market.
  • Ireland has very valuable and unique advantages as a perfect test validation and demonstration location for, among others, German technologies.
  • Unnecessary energy waste by consumers is in most cases down to a lack of knowledge about costs. When potential savings can clearly be shown – e.g. using smart meters - consumers have been shown to radically change their behaviour.
  • Ireland is in top bracket of energy users for space heating with 1.43 toe per dwelling (Source: EEA 2008), i.e. there is huge energy efficiency potential in Ireland.
  • Developments in Smart Grid will lead to a situation where demand will become a commodity – consumers’ will be able to sell their energy demand at certain times.
  • By way of a “smarter” grid and the use of smart technologies, electricity supply will be able to directly influence consumers’ demand patterns.
  • The backbone of Smart Grid and the electricity network in the future is information and communications technology.
  • Building, developing and keeping skills in Ireland is critical to the future of Ireland’s Smart Grid, as well as being important for job creation.


Driving Business between Ireland and Germany

 “The area of Smart Grid as a business for Ireland is a relatively new concept - even the definition cannot be agreed on by all stakeholders,” says Ralf Lissek, Trade Commissioner for Germany in Ireland and CEO of the German-Irish Chamber.  “In this new and developing business field, this trade mission of German companies has sent out a clear message that Ireland is open for business and offering opportunities. The seven German companies were in Ireland looking for partners and clients because they see the potential in the Irish market. The response from Irish companies has been very positive: 

50 meetings took place in Irish workplaces from 28th – 30th March and first results already include planned test projects in Ireland with German technology. The resulting partnerships will have a positive knock-on effect on business and job creation in Ireland.”

One of the main objectives of the conference and business matchmaking meetings is to drive business in the energy efficient Smart Grid sector in Ireland and Germany. Feel free to contact any of the below seven companies with a view to doing business with them. Please keep DEinternational Ireland in the loop about any developments in your activities.


Some Testimonials from Delegates….

“I got a great insight into the current state of smart grids and meters. Fantastic opportunity to increase business.” Stephen Huggard, Ericsson

“Good venue, short concise presentations, good time of year.” Brian Campbell,  Letterkenny IT

“Got an introduction to some more participants in the market.” Michael Quigley, Accenture


Smart Grid in Ireland

As the world’s population grows and people migrate towards urban areas the need for electrical power increases. On top of this oil is getting more expensive and society may have to change the way it lives, travels and does business. What the Smart Grid can do is provide stable power to match that increase. Utilities simply cannot keep putting more pipework into the ground - they have to use the power more efficiently. In order to progress towards a more efficient green economy, harnessing green energy sources is not enough; an ICT backbone is needed to cleverly manage the storage and distribution of the energy, forecast demand and availability and manage the loads – this is the Smart Grid.

Despite the fact that it is an emerging concept and technology (even the definition cannot be agreed on by all stakeholders), Ireland is already pursuing ambitious Smart Grid development:

  • Ireland is currently investing approx. €4 billion in Smart Grid in the framework of Eirgrid’s „Grid 25“ project
  • Ireland has been running one of the most extensive Smart Meter end user trials in the world and numerous electrical car initiatives
  • As a result of its small and developed electricity system, it is a natural test bed for the development and early deployment of the Smart Grid concept

Smart Grid also offers great potential for inter-country co-operation, in particular between Germany and Ireland, as Smart Grid will open the market for new product offerings in the coming years along with new network management solutions. In addition, Smart Grid will foster market integration towards European integrated market.

Conference Presentations

Presentations from the conference “Smart Grid: the Future of Energy Efficiency”, Tuesday 27th March 2012 in Dublin are now available to download: 

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Partnership Opportunities

The eight German companies seeking business opportunities in Ireland are listed below. Click on the company name or description to download the one page company profile as a PDF. Alternatively download ALL COMPANY PROFILES HERE.  


Cleopa GmbH

Cleopa GmbH offers consulting, as well as concept and project development in the area of energy efficiency and innovative energy use, including Smart Grid. The company has developed innovative approaches to providing companies with tailor-made solutions for reducing their CO2 emissions. Cleopa is part of an expert network of companies, through which they offer access to energy contracting and project financing.


E-Senza Technologies GmbH

E-Senza Technologies GmbH is a manufacturer of wireless device networking products and solutions for energy efficiency in commercial buildings. We help buildings and infrastructures to:

· Optimise energy use in  buildings & infrastructures

· Improve heating and ventilation control

· Fulfil legal compliance requirements


GK Smart Energy Solutions GmbH

GK Smart Energy Solutions GmbH supply digital communication
devices for the power grid. They supply innovative solutions and services for smart metering and facility management.


ITC Internet-Trade-Center AG

ITC AG conceptualizes and implements software solutions for a variety of energy-related requirements:

· Smart Metering Portals (e.g. ITC PowerCommerce SMP)

· Energy management (e.g. uControl)

· Energy cockpits (SES, CHP)

· Internet self-service (e.g. ITC PowerCommerce)

· Demand Side Management (e.g. ITC smartDSM)


LEM Engineering Office

LEM Engineering consultancy Load and Energy Management  (Ingenieurbüro Last– und Energiemanagement) is a software developer with solutions in the area of energy management and analysis.


mottai GmbH

Mottai GmbH is a leading supplier of integrated systems that combine all relevant hard and software for Smart Technologies leading to lucrative business models for the energy industry.


Power Plus Communic-ations AG

Power Plus Communications AG offers the development of an efficient Smart Grid through a communication infrastructure which allows real time data transmission and scalability for new applications. Their technology provides Smart Metering, Smart Buildings and intelligent control over streetlights through  the use of Broadband-Powerline-Technology (BPL).


Smarten GmbH

Smarten GmbH is a manufacturer and distributor of metering devices (both fixed and mobile) for the electricity industry. A Smarten measuring device enables the user to carry out detailed, continuous measurements at any circuit along the line, including usual locations such as the fuse box.


This event was targeted at Irish companies active in the area of:

  • home energy management systems
  • smart meters
  • embedded (for storage heaters, heat pumps, hot water, etc.) and mobile (for electrical vehicles) electricity storage systems
  • software development
  • energy services
  • network technologies
  • intelligent wireless energy management solutions
  • wireless communication for end consumers and utilities
  • smart building control systems – for home and commercial use
  • systems, e.g. heating systems, which interact with smart control systems
  • R&D capability in the above areas


Energy Efficiency Export Initiative
This conference and business matchmaking event is the latest in over 25 initiatives run by DEinternational Ireland in the framework of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Export Initiatives of the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology since 2003, and its popularity underlines the strong interest in these topics. In all, our many activities in the area of renewables and energy efficiency have brought over 140 German companies together with solid Irish trading partners, and more than €100m worth of technology has been introduced to Ireland. Testimonials from our Green Tech events include:

  • “This event gets the ‘Most Successful Investment of the Year’ award from our business’ point of view.” Detlef Olschewski, Cleopus GmbH @ Energy Efficient Lighting conference and trade mission, Nov 2011
  • “Great networking, no 'hard sell' approach, knowledge and product based speakers." Brian Sweeney, Evolved Energy Solutions Ltd @ Heat and Power Generation with Renewable Energy conference and trade mission, May 2011
  • “This event provided an excellent ratio of presentations, business meetings and insights into the Irish energy market. By way of the business meetings organised by you, we have received an extensive insight in the Irish energy market within a short period of time. We could not have done it faster or more intensively ourselves." Wendelin Knauss, HMS Bergbau AG, Heat and Power Generation with Renewable Energy conference and trade mission, May 2011
  • “Chartered engineers should always take their lead from best international practice in their field. Germany is the acknowledged leader in the field of energy efficiency technology….I was very grateful for the opportunity to connect with some of the leading experts and suppliers working in the area of energy efficient building.” Ronan Healy, chartered engineer, Fore Enterprises Ltd, Co. Westmeath @ training course "Energy Efficient Retrofitting of Buildings" in Ireland and Germany, April 2009

The project, Smart Grid: The Future of Energy Efficiency, funded by the Energy Efficiency Export Initiative of the German Ministry of Economics and Technology, is designed to support the export activities of 7 German manufacturers and consultants in the area of Smart Grid technologies. The Irish market was represented by over 75 companies, consultants and associations in the field of Smart Grid and Smart Metering in Ireland, Government and local government representatives, utility companies, energy suppliers, installers, architects and engineers, public bodies and institutions, research bodies and other interest groups.


DEinternational Ireland is the consultancy wing of the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
If you would like to get involved or get more information, please contact Aideen Keenan, Head of Marketing, DEinternational Ireland, Email: aideen.keenan(at); tel: 00353-(0)1 6424330