Joule Solutions plans UK expansion; invests in training

23 May 2011

Since being formed by college buddies Ronan Ginnell and Ian Barrett in late 2007, Joule Solutions has grown to be one of Ireland’s largest manufacturers of solar panel and tube systems and hot water cylinders.

Ginnell and Barrett both studied building services engineering at Dublin Institute of Technology and this inspired their interest in developing efficient and cost-effective applications for renewable energy sources.

Showing average yearly growth of 35-40pc, Joule Solutions’ core business lies in the design and production of copper and stainless steel hot water cylinders and solar thermal heating systems.

These green-tech products are manufactured and distributed from the company’s 40,000 sq-foot distribution facility in Ballyfermot, south Dublin.

Joule employs 24 people but expects to employ more as a major expansion into the UK is planned for this year.

In November 2010, the company was awarded NSAI Certification on all three types of solar heating systems it supplies.

Joule now has 200 customers nationwide, including Grafton Group, BHT Group (Heatmerchants), Associated Hardware, National Hardware, Independent Heating & Plumbing Merchants Nationwide.

Ginnell and Barrett are committed to investing into continuous research and development and have constructed a state-of-the-art training centre, where product installers can get detailed training on each aspect of the Joule product line.

They believe their product knowledge and investment in training set them apart from competitors. Joule Solutions is a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011.

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