Three men sit at the helm of a boat. One man is wearing a high-vis vest while the others are in navy suits.
The Taoiseach on board the Roman Rebel with senior master Chris Franks (left) and Green Rebel CEO John Wallace (right). Image: Michael O’Sullivan/OSM PHOTO

Green Rebel generates 50 new jobs in renewables for Cork and Limerick

19 Oct 2021

Cork-headquartered Green Rebel is set to capitalise on the winds of change in Ireland’s energy sector.

Green Rebel, an Irish business operating in the renewable energy sector, has announced that it will create 50 new jobs over the next 12 months.

Jobs at Green Rebel will be spread across locations in Cork and Limerick. The company will be hiring for a number of roles in science and technology, including data scientists, ecologists, AI specialists and software developers.

Green Rebel operates a fleet of ships and aircraft to collect, process and analyse marine and meta-ocean data, and will also be growing its survey vessel crew and its team of technicians and engineers.

Other roles will be created for surveyors, aircraft mission specialists, project managers, office administrators, and sales and marketing staff.

A number of potential fixed and floating windfarms are being explored along the Irish coastline and Green Rebel says it is engaging with all developers. As these developments reach an advanced stage, it opens up a new sector dedicated to servicing offshore windfarm operations.

Green Rebel is currently undertaking survey work for windfarm developers, capturing data using its growing fleet. In acquiring Crosshaven Boatyard last year, it gained a fleet of marine survey vessels including its flagship MV Roman Rebel. The company also operates multi-purpose aircraft for aerial surveys.

Headquartered in Crosshaven on coast of Co Cork, Green Rebel currently employs 75 people and expects to reach its target of 125 employees by mid-2022.

“We are very excited about our plans to grow and develop Green Rebel over the coming year,” said CEO John Wallace. “The waters around Ireland and further afield are set to become a major source of renewable energy generation and this is an absolutely essential element of effort to combat climate change.”

Green Rebel was founded in 2020 by entrepreneur Pearse Flynn, who hails from a fishing community in Cork.

“Ireland is on the cusp of a green revolution,” said Flynn. “With an abundance of offshore wind and water available to us, we can produce real fuel alternatives to help deliver Ireland’s energy transition.”

As well as harnessing wind energy to power homes and businesses across the island, expanded offshore wind energy generation could see Ireland become a net exporter of renewable energy.

“Wind generation will bring ashore electricity that can be used either directly into the grid, or feed exciting new green energy solutions provided by our sister company EI-H2, who are looking to produce green hydrogen at sites in Co Cork and beyond,” added Flynn.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, TD, joined Green Rebel for its announcement. “Having seen the technology, met many of the team, and seen some of the Green Rebel data from what is normally our hidden marine environment, I am excited that this team are having such success and innovative plans are in place to drive our supply chain forward and help Ireland become a world leader in the development of offshore wind,” he said.

Wallace added that “the need for revolution has never been greater” and Green Rebel is looking to contribute to “a more sustainable future” for all. “We are building on a team with great experience and we are looking for people that share this passion.”

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Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke was editor of Silicon Republic until 2023, and is now the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. Elaine joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She later served as managing editor before stepping up as editor in 2019. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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