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– Intel and ESB launch an electric charge point at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip

– In addition to the unveiling of the charge point, ESB ecars and Intel signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on joint innovation and research programs addressing the IT and Communication challenges of integrating Electric Vehicles into the electricity grid.

Today, October 13th, Martin Curley,  Director, Intel Labs Europe and Senior Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation and Paul Mulvaney, Managing Director, ESB ecars launched an electric charge point at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip. In addition to the unveiling of the charge point, ESB ecars and Intel’s  Sustainability and Enterprise Services Lab, which is part of Intel Labs Europe, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on joint innovation and research programs addressing the IT and Communication challenges of integrating Electric Vehicles into the electricity grid. One of the first of these initiatives is the involvement of Intel in the ESB ecar trial which commenced in May of this year.

Details of the ESB Intel partnership include;
• Integration of Electric Vehicles with Smart Home Energy Management Systems as part of Intel’s personal energy management systems research program.
• Data analytics and charging algorithms for high EV penetration within communities.
• Collaborative academic research programs at national and EU level, for example, the Electrical Research Centre (ERC) in University College Dublin.

More than 4,000 people work at the Intel campus and the installation of the charge points is an important step in promoting electric transport to employees and raising awareness about its benefits.

The launch is part of ESB’s plan to build the charging infrastructure nationwide to meet the Government target of 10% of all vehicles to be electric by 2020. An ESB ecar trial is underway, to support the planning and implementation of the nationwide charging infrastructure using the all-electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV throughout Ireland.

The ESB is installing 1500 on-street charge points, a total of 2000 domestic units and up to 30 fast chargers by the end of 2011. The public charge points will be located throughout the Republic and at least one will be installed for every town with a population of more than 1,500. The 30 fast chargers to be installed by 2011 will be located along all major inter urban routes, approximately 60kms apart. On-street charge points have already been installed in Dublin, Galway and Cavan.

ESB ecars is in discussion with many organisations nationwide to encourage firms to take a leadership role in the successful adoption of ecars in Ireland by installing workplace charge points and purchasing electric vehicles as part of their commercial fleet. In this regard, ESB are also working closely with Smarter Travel Workplaces, of which Intel is a member.

Intel Ireland is committed to mobility management on the site. Intel have had a mobility plan in place for past ten years and believe that it is important to provide the information and support to enable more sustainable commuting and business travel. The electric vehicle is an important step in providing our employees with alternative environmentally friendly opportunities for the future

“The successful transition to sustainable transport requires the involvement of Government, the car industry as well as commitment from the business community. Ireland is leading the way and with such innovation and with leadership from companies such as Intel, our international position is further strengthened. ESB ecars is delighted to team up with Intel and to embrace the opportunities that this new innovative and exciting market presents” says Paul Mulvaney, Managing Director, ESB ecars.

Speaking at the launch, Intel’s Martin Curley said “We are delighted to collaborate and announce this MOU signing with the ESB to create a joint innovation and research program including a focused test bed for Electric vehicles (EVs) and home energy management systems. We hope the learning’s from the research and test bed will both inform the design and instrumentation of the charging network as well as accelerating the adoption of EV’s in Ireland. This will be an important step in helping Ireland fulfil its commitments to the EU 20/20/20 goals and take us closer to a more sustainable society”.

About ESB ecar trial
The two year project, which commenced in May 2010 will provide ESB with an in-depth knowledge of the charging infrastructure and characteristics of ecar users. The ecar trial is the latest in a series of measures designed to bolster adoption of electric cars in Ireland and promote them in light of the recently announced Government incentives. The Government has set a target of 10% for all vehicles on Irish roads to be electric by 2020. A “Smart Home Charging” system is being trialled which will allow the cars maximise the amount of energy they get from renewable sources, while also facilitating the operation of the electricity system. For more information visit

About Intel Ireland
Ireland is Intel’s centre of manufacturing excellence in Europe. Since 1989, Intel has invested US$7 billion turning 360 acres of the Collinstown Industrial Park into the most advanced industrial campus in Ireland. The Leixlip, Co. Kildare site is the most technologically advanced industrial location in Europe and over 4,000 people work at the campus.

About Intel Labs Europe
Intel Labs Europe (ILE) is a network of Research & Development, Product , and Innovation Labs spanning the European region as well as variety of Intel business units. ILE was formally established in early 2009 as a central means of coordinating activities across Intel’s diverse network of labs and to further strengthen Intel’s commitment to and alignment with European R&D. In addition to driving key technology innovations for Intel, ILE works closely with academic, industry, and government institutions to advance innovations and strengthen Europe’s technology leadership in the global community

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