Irish firm Cylon Group makes it into final 30 in global clean-tech awards

11 Sep 2012

Sean Giblin, founder and managing director, Cylon

Cylon Group, an Irish-based company that develops smart energy management systems for buildings, has made it into the final 30 in the Global Cleantech Cluster Association’s later stage awards.

Cylon has been operating since 1985 when its managing director Sean Giblin spun it out from research at University College Dublin.

The company’s energy management division, Cylon Active Energy, secured its first US contract to centrally monitor and analyse the energy consumption of North Carolina’s Raleigh Convention Center earlier this year.

And in May, Cylon announced that it was planning to create 50 new jobs over the next four years as part of an €11m investment in its energy management division Cylon Active Energy.

In the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) later stage awards, Cylon has been chosen as one of three companies in the Lighting/Energy Efficiency category.

The other finalists in this category are the Canadian LED-tech company Light-Based Technologies and the French company Inawa.

The 30 semi-finalists in the clean-tech awards will now be judged by a team of venture capitalists, investors and serial entrepreneurs with interests in clean technology investments.

Winners in 10 categories will be announced on 12 November at a clean-energy conference in Savannah in the US state of Georgia.

The 30 semi-finalists were whittled down from more than 4,000 companies that were represented by the GCCA’s 45 member clusters. The Irish cluster is known as The Green Way.

Last year’s GCCA awards were held in Dublin when two Irish companies,OpenHydro and Imperative Energy, won in their categories.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic