Dublin-based firm wins clean tech com­pe­ti­tion in the US

The Irish Times - Business - - TECHNOLOGY - CIARA O’BRIEN

Dublin-based HUB Con­trols has be­come the first in­ter­na­tional win­ner of US-based clean tech com­pe­ti­tion 76West Clean En­ergy Com­pe­ti­tion, net­ting the firm $500,000 (€434,000).

The Tal­laght-based com­pany, which cre­ates smart en­ergy prod­ucts for the home in­clud­ing a smart ther­mo­stat, was one of the win­ners an­nounced by New York State gover­nor An­drew Cuomo.

Backed by New York State En­ergy Re­search De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (NYSERDA), 76West sup­ports clean en­ergy busi­nesses. It at­tracts en­tries from all over the world, but HUB Con­trols is the only non-US firm to have won an award since the com­pe­ti­tion was es­tab­lished in 2016.

“We’re de­lighted to have been recog­nised by New York State and NYSERDA as the first In­ter­na­tional win­ner of the 76West Clean En­ergy Com­pe­ti­tion,” said Oliver Hynes, HUB Con­trols chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“Win­ning $500,000 in a com­pe­ti­tion like this is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for an Ir­ish com­pany and an en­dorse­ment of all the hard work of the HUB con­trols team since our foun­da­tion in 2014.

“How­ever, the real game changer is that we can now go to New York and ac­cess the com­pa­nies and con­tacts in NYSERDA’s net­work.”

The com­pany has been test­ing its prod­ucts as part of a pilot pro­gramme in New York State, and the money from the win will al­low them to con­tinue to roll out that scheme. The plan is ul­ti­mately to es­tab­lish a per­ma­nent US pres­ence, giv­ing the Ir­ish firm ac­cess to a large mar­ket. Although the UK is still on the com­pany’s radar, the fo­cus is now on the US mar­ket.

“It puts the US ahead of the UK in terms of which mar­ket we go into,” ex­plained HUB Con­trols’ Conor Fa­hey. “It opens a lot of doors in the US.”

The com­pany is now eye­ing ex­pan­sion in the US over the next 12 to 18 months.

The real game changer is that we can now go to New York and ac­cess the com­pa­nies and con­tacts in NYSERDA’s net­work

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