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AUSTRIAN TRADE NETWORKING at ENERGY SHOW Ten exhibitor companies mingle with Irish greentech experts

Annual Austrian networking at Energy Show
1 April 2011

The annual Austrian-Irish networking event took place this year during the Energy Show in Dublin at the RDS.  

“A strong presence in the Irish renewables sector is very important to us“, says Guenther Sucher, Austrian Trade Commissioner at the Austrian Networking event at the Energy Show in Dublin. “Yes, the domestic sector is holding a watching brief at the moment until things pick up, but the Irish public sector is investing more in renewables whenever improvements or upgrades to buildings are needed“. Sucher sees it as essential that engineers and architects in the Departments and local authorities drive the change in attitudes if Ireland is to meet its targets under Kyoto Agreeement.

Prof. Owen Lewis, SEAI; Stephen Newell, Architect and Guenther Sucher, Austrian Trade Commissioner

Prof. Owen Lewis, SEAI; Stephen Newell, Architect and Guenther Sucher, Austrian Trade Commissioner at the Austrian Networking event at the Energy Show. 



John Wills of Technical Energy Solutions agrees and tells of one recent success with a public sector client: “by using hard facts based both on emmissions and ROI, we were able to win the contract for a 320 KW Froeling pellet boiler from the Department of the Environment for its decentralised building in Wexford“.

Owen Power of EnerPower will install a 160 KW Gilles pellet boiler in Clonmel Hospital in the coming days. “The system will run on pellets sourced locally in Laois or Kilkenny. While the supply of low-moisture pellets and wood chip has been an issue in Ireland in the past, there is now thankfully a plentiful supply of local fuel“.
Duncan Stewart, TV Producer, arrives by bike at the Austrian Networking event

Duncan Stewart, TV Producer, arrives by bike at the Austrian Networking event. 


Austrian companies Solarfocus, KWB and ETA all reported brisk business at their stands with a lot of very serious queries and several concrete orders. KWB was demonstrating its innovative Easyfire pellet heater (8-35 KW) that produces no ash and is the most carbon-neutral pellet boiler in the world.

Over at Ochser, Gerry Duffy was showcasing his range of heatpumps, some of which have been developed specially for Irish climate. The Milennium heatpump with its side split evaporator has been developed to harness heat from the high humidity in the Irish climate. A well insulated, 200 m²-house, running on this model, will see annual heating bills of just €300.
Austrian Trade Commission Stand at Energy Show 2011

Austrian Trade Commission Stand at Energy Show 2011 


By all accounts, the proportion of enquiries from qualified. commercial buyers at the Show was higher than in recent years. Paul Carberry of Solarfocus said that he could have done with additional staff at the stand, so strong was the visitor flow especially from lunchtime onwards. The Energy Show this year was attended by almost 4,000 representatives of the trade and supporting bodies.

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