Good news to start the year – we received notification from Gas Networks Ireland that our application to their Innovation Fund was successful and they will provide part funding for the feasibility study for a community led anaerobic digester plant on the peninsula. Údarás na Gaeltachta under the LECo project www.leco.interreg-npa.eu are also part funding this project. This study will help us to better understand how bioenergy may form part the solution to achieve energy independence for the Dingle Peninsula. The tender document will be published on our website www.dinglehub.com within the next week for those interested in applying.
We are very excited to host a KAOSPILOT Masterclass from Feb 27th to March 1st this year. The KAOSPILOT are a world class alternative business, design & leadership school from Denmark. In collaboration with the Dingle Hub & the Institute of Technology Tralee they will run, for the 1st time in the west of Ireland, their highly acclaimed 3 day masterclass to enable educators, facilitators and trainers to explore experiential ways of learning in order to inspire and facilitate creativity, engagement, innovation & risk in learning spaces & education and to support the drive for entrepreneurship, innovation, talent growth and further education. For further information and to book spaces on this masterclass visit www.dinglehub.com/events.
We’ve been fortunate with the calm weather recently to help facilitate the deployment of the water sensor nodes as part of our Internet of Things (IoT) Water monitoring project so say hello to our installation team if you see them on the waters in Dingle, Ventry or Castlemaine Harbours; Milltown, Owenmore or Laune rivers or in Tralee Bay. The aim of this test and trial project, which is funded by EMFF funding under the Fisheries Local Area Development Scheme through BIM, is to showcase the potential of IoT technologies to help stimulate enterprise in the area of IoT. It will provide an automated monitoring system for conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH, water temperature, nitrates and water levels. In parallel to the sensor deployment, we are developing a dashboard and a cloud based storage platform to capture the data, store the data, and make the data available for the benefit of community, aquaculture businesses and state organisations. This technology, when fully built, will pave the way for advance warning systems and can be reproduced inexpensively for deployment in other localities.
Monday the 14th December 2018 saw the formal announcement of the ESB Networks Ambassadors in McCarthy’s Bar in Dingle. After a 3 month campaign 5 Ambassadors have been selected that will work with ESB Networks over the duration of the 3 year project. The Ambassadors are a diverse group of people from across the peninsula and have properties ranging from a business that started in 1875 to more recent residential builds in the 2000s. With an expected investment of €350,000, the project will include a number of deep retrofits and the installation of Solar Panel PVs, Battery Management Systems, Electric Vehicle Chargers & Air Source Heat Pumps in the Ambassadors homes over the next 12 months. Solar Panel installation began on the 10th Jan and all 15 installations are expected to be complete by the end of the month.
The coordinator recruitment process and curriculum development for the Local Training Initiative, funded and supported by Kerry Education and Training Board (KETB), to train Energy Coaches to support the public’s transition to a low carbon society are at an advanced stage and we will upload the details to our website once they are finalised in the coming weeks. We will then start advertising for participants and the planned start date for the course is the end of March.
Don’t forget our Energy Masterplan survey www.dinglehub.com/survey – it only takes five minutes and it is critical to understanding the energy needs of the Peninsula and how to develop sustainable, cost effective solutions for the future. I’m hoping you all have more time now that busy December has passed!
If you’re working from Dingle and are in need of office space, the Hub offers hot desks, dedicated desks and private offices with access to 1GB of Eir Fibre Broadband, a dedicated telephone landline, free parking, 24-hour access and more.
Live in a Creative Place, Work in a Creative Space
Deirdre de Bhailís
Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub
Tel.: 066 9150140