Limerick City and County Council is part of a new pan-European project spearheaded by innovation specialists in conjunction with designers, developers and regulatory experts, who are looking into new ways of helping to reduce energy consumption while maintaining the characteristic Georgian heritage of Limerick city centre.
Funding has been awarded under the EU Research and Innovation Funding programme, Horizon 2020, for a smart cities and communities project of €24m for seven cities to create smart positive energy districts (areas which create more energy than they use). Limerick City and County Council together with expert partners will develop solutions for buildings located in the Georgian Innovation District to help generate more energy than they consume and allow for the excess energy to be returned to the grid. Several buildings forming a Positive Energy Block, will be the first to become part of a new renewable energy management structure which will allow for the two-way flow of energy.
These include Gardens International, the GPO, Limerick Youth Service and Limerick Chamber, with others on the way including St Michael’s Rowing Club, Rooney Auctioneers, ENGINE, the Athenaeum Building, and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board Building.
Over the next 3 years, exciting new projects in the Georgian Innovation District will test developing smart technologies as part of Smart Limerick’s Digital Strategy.