Irish energy firm Cylon gets sustainability innovation accolade

29 Nov 2011

Pictured at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland 2011 Annual Awards were, L-R: Brendan Halligan, SEAI chairman; Sean Giblin, MD, Cylon Group; Nicola Dunne, general manager, Cylon Active Energy; Brid Horan, executive director, ESB Electric Irelandn

Cylon Active Energy, the new cloud-based energy management division of Cylon Group, has been awarded the Sustainable Energy Innovation Award at the SEAI 2011 Annual Awards.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) 2011 Annual Awards, held in Dublin City last week, honour individuals and organisations that are showing excellence in the management and use of energy and who are committed to more sustainable energy practices.

Commenting on the award win, Sean Giblin, managing director, Cylon, said that the company was “thrilled” to win the award for sustainable energy innovation, especially as it is the first time Cylon took part in the SEAI awards.

“Efficient-energy management is becoming a priority for businesses due to growing regulatory requirements and increasing energy costs. Cylon’s unique cloud-based real-time energy management technology allows us to centrally monitor and analyse our clients’ energy consumption from our Dublin-based energy bureau in Clonshaugh,” he said.

Giblin founded Cylon in 1985 following research he carried out as part of his final-year project at University College Dublin (UCD).

Smarter buildings

Cylon’s engineers look to determine the efficiency of buildings to make them smarter and leaner, as well as identifying areas for improvement and making recommendations to clients.

The ultimate aim is to maximise efficiency, reduce overall energy consumption, carbon footprint and drive energy savings, said Giblin this morning.

Nicola Dunne, general manager, Cylon Active Energy, also spoke this morning about Cylon Active Energy’s approach to building management.

She said the company’s cloud-based formula helps ensure all buildings can target the cost-effective energy-efficiency improvements to generate tangible energy and maintenance cost savings with a payback of typically less than two years.

“These savings can be later invested in other energy-efficiency measures which can be clearly measured and monitored via our Active Energy Manager to validate their actual efficiency improvements,” said Dunne.

Cylon Active Energy provides energy management services to large corporations and SMEs in the UK, Ireland and across Europe. The company says its services can decrease clients’ energy costs by up to 25pc. Clients include Microsoft, University College Dublin, Dublin City Council, Superquinn, Enterprise Ireland, Forfás, Manchester Metropolitan, and Raleigh Convention Centre North Carolina.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic