Irish cleantech firm HUB Controls scoops major industry award

3 Nov 2017

Oliver Hynes, CEO of HUB Controls. Image: StoryLab

Founded in 2014, HUB Controls is a Tallaght-based company making waves in the cleantech industry.

Irish start-up HUB Controls has been recognised at a major global cleantech awards event held between 30 and 31 October.

The HUB (Household Utility Bill) Controller is a smart thermostat that automates energy use in the home. HUB Controls launched the Hub Controller in November 2016, and every aspect of the device is developed in Ireland, including design, engineering and manufacturing.

The seventh Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) awards were held in London during the KPMG-hosted Cleantech Venture Day. Cambridge Cleantech and the Nordic Innovation Accelerator were joint hosts of the ceremony.

A major coup for HUB Controls

HUB Controls was awarded a silver medal by GCCA, one of just three awards handed out at the event celebrating the development of the global cleantech industry.

The GCCA’s Global Top 10 winners represent the best of the association’s member clusters and more than 10,000 member companies worldwide.

Sustainable Nation Ireland promotes Ireland as a hub for sustainable business, and is the Irish arm of the GCCA. It can nominate up to 10 companies every year for award consideration, with previous Irish finalists including FenestraPro, OpenHydro and Cylon Controls.

Many of the companies nominated this year participated in Sustainable Nation’s 2°Catalyst Programme, supported by Sustainability Skillnet.

Cleantech crucial in global climate change response

Sustainable Nation director Aideen O’Hora said: “We are delighted to partner with the GCCA and, in doing so, create access for Irish companies to global VCs and corporates interested in purchasing cleantech services.

“It is estimated that more than 1,000 cleantech – or companies that solve complex environmental challenges – will be required to respond to the global climate change challenge. HUB Controls is a perfect example of the type of company needed, and … being selected as a silver (top two) winner at the GCCA awards clearly demonstrates the leadership and capability or Irish companies.”

Oliver Hynes, CEO and founder of HUB Controls, said: “We could not be happier. The quality of cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship at the event, and being promulgated by GCCA and Sustainable Nation, is testament to the concept and dedication of the association.

“The support we have been provided by the 2°Catalyst programme and Enterprise Ireland has been invaluable. This validates our belief that energy insights provided directly to the householder will speed up energy-efficiency adoption rates in the private and public residential sector.”

Ellen Tannam was a journalist with Silicon Republic, covering all manner of business and tech subjects