Friday October 14th 2011 – Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner and Taoiseach Enda Kenny together with EU Commissioner Máire Geoghegan Quinn yesterday announced the creation of the new Intel Energy and Sustainability Lab (ESL) headquartered in Ireland.
The announcement of the new lab was made at the Intel European Research and Innovation conference which is taking place this week at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
The new ESL initiative has an extensive research portfolio leveraging a growing ecosystem of academic and industrial partners in Europe and beyond. The lab will drive Intel’s research agenda in the application of Information Technologies to enable a ‘High Tech, Low Carbon’ economy with strong alignment to the EU 2020 sustainability goals.
The announcement came after both the Taoiseach and Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn had delivered keynote addresses to the assembled conference delegates in which both underpinned the vital role of research and innovation.
“Europe’s future depends on competitive industries that are able to grow and create jobs. This means investing in research and in new technologies and in creating a climate that boosts innovation. We are facing an innovation emergency. We need much more innovation in Europe, and we need it fast” commented Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny added “Innovation, research and development are key components of recovery and Intel is leading the way in these fields, delivering breakthroughs that will transform hundreds of millions of lives of people across the planet”.
Martin Curley who is Director of Intel Labs Europe, was also present at the event and in speaking about the announcement of the new Lab said “Energy and Sustainability are two of the biggest challenges in our world today – we are delighted to be leading the research to solve these major challenges from Europe. We have helped create a new nascent ecosystem for accelerating our collective progress towards achieving a goal of a much more sustainable and energy efficient society”.
One of the focus areas of the Energy and Sustainability Lab is the ‘Personal Energy Management’ research program which drives ground breaking research into energy management solutions for future smart grids with a strong emphasis on citizen inclusion.
To coincide with the announcement of the new lab, a number of research projects in this area were demonstrated including:
• A collaboration with ESB eCars program which involves researching the integration and optimisation of Electric Vehicles into Ireland’s energy system, maximising the renewable energy usage.
• Easy-to-use Wireless Energy Sensing Technology (WEST), a plug-in device that monitors the energy usage in the home and provides information required to smartly manage energy usage.
• Personal Office Energy Manager (POEM) which provides office users with a holistic, visual and numeric representation of the amount of energy an individual is consuming in addition to providing IT and plug load power to building management systems. The Intel ESL will begin piloting POEM in November with a large French utility company.
In conjunction with the announcement of the new Energy and Sustainability lab Intel also announced this week membership to ‘The Friends of the Supergrid (FOSG)’ group of companies focused on creating the European Electrical supergrid, an electricity transmission system, mainly based on direct current, designed to facilitate large-scale sustainable power generation in remote areas for transmission to centres of consumption.
The European Research and Innovation Conference formed part of an overall Intel Technology Week Europe which also included the Research@Intel Technology showcase event. Both Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn and An Taoiseach had the opportunity to visit the showcase and interact with live demonstrations of research, development and innovation from areas such as many-core architectures in action, energy research to promote sustainability through technology and retail and automotive examples of embedded intelligence.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny delivers a keynote address at the Intel European Research and Innovation conference which is taking place this week at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner and Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott are photographed with Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn at the Research@Intel Europe Technology Showcase
Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn is pictured along with Director of Intel Labs Europe Martin Curley, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Intel CTO Justin Rattner at the Intel European Research and Innovation conference at which Intel announced the creation of the new Intel Energy and Sustainability Lab (ESL) headquartered in Ireland.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny talks to an Intel researcher about an augmented reality solution demo as part of the Intel Research@Intel Europe Technology Showcase which took place this week at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn addresses more than 300 delegates at the Intel European Research and Innovation conference which is taking place this week at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny are photographed at the Intel European Research and Innovation conference at which Intel announced the creation of the new Intel Energy and Sustainability Lab (ESL) headquartered in Ireland.
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About the Intel Energy and Sustainability Lab
Intel ESL is a key participant in the Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems research consortium at University College Dublin and the ITOBO SFI research cluster for smart and energy efficient buildings based in University College Cork.
The ESL is also a key research collaborator with the Fraunhofer Institute( Germany), KEMA (Netherlands) and VTT ( Finland) on the EU Framework 7 REViSITE research project defining the EU ICT for Energy Efficiency research roadmap for Europe.
Intel ESL also recently announced the ‘Sustainable Cities’ research program; a partnership with Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City Council, leading to pilot deployments of Sustainable City Technologies including a prototype ambient intelligence sensing platform.
The lab is a key partner in the SmartBay project lead by the Irish Marine Institute. SmartBay is a test and demonstration research infrastructure which is a foundation platform for an emerging Ocean technologies cluster.
The Lab is actively partnering with the IDA sponsored I2E2 technology centre to apply energy efficiency to Manufacturing in Ireland, for example, Intel ESL has redesigned an existing datacentre on the Intel Ireland campus to leverage ambient air cooling and other techniques with projected energy savings of >20% annually.
About Intel Labs Europe
Intel R&D / Innovation in Europe is driven by a network of research labs, product development labs and innovation labs spanning the region as well as a variety of Intel business units. Intel Labs Europe (ILE) was formally established in early 2009 as the central means of coordinating activities across this diverse and extensive network, and to strengthen and improve Intel’s alignment with European R&D. Today ILE consists of more than two dozen R&D locations employing more than 1500 R&D professionals, with a further 9 labs and 2000 R&D professionals added through the Intel Mobile Communications acquisition.
The mission of ILE is to advance Intel research, development and innovation and to partner with European stakeholders to help improve European competitiveness. To achieve this ILE aims to strengthen Intel’s relationships and collaborations with European researchers and to align the company’s technology vision with European policy makers across a broad technology agenda. ILE has grown existing initiatives and continually seeks new opportunities to advance the value of ICT solutions for society and business
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