Renewables and energy

Renewables and energy

Northern Ireland's engineering, technological and construction expertise makes it an ideal location for businesses focusing on the renewables and energy sector

Northern Ireland has over 150 companies that have the capability of providing a range of innovative products and services to address specific needs of the various energy and water supply chains.

We offer the best location as a deep water non-tidal logistics base to service offshore energy projects in the Irish and Atlantic Seas.

We have already attracted significant investment and interest from international companies including the UK’s first bespoke offshore wind installation and assembly terminal that was created at Belfast Harbour for Ørsted Energy. Our indigenous businesses are experienced in all areas of the sector from manufacturing, assembly and generation, to operations and maintenance, and provide a range of products and services across the world.

Get more information on our companies capabilities on our Energy and water supply chain company directory.

 

Areas of expertise

Our companies have capabilities in a range of areas including:

  • Engineering
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Ports and logistics services
  • Heavy manufacturing and components
  • Cable installation, termination and protection systems
  • Asset Management
 

Region of excellence

Northern Ireland is also emerging as a region of excellence in bio-fuels with a range of innovative design, manufacturing, installation, operation and maintenance companies within several sub-sectors including anaerobic digestion, biomass, energy from waste and associated feedstock supply. More recently local businesses have developed expertise in the production of green hydrogen from curtailed wind power, manufacture of hydrogen buses and and the development of intelligent systems for energy storage.

A number of collaborative networks have also been established to further build on supply chain success and capitalise on opportunities. These include Kilkeel Harbour Works led by Seasource that comprises of groups of businesses with complementary skill sets, providing a range of services to the offshore energy sector under a defined brand identity. There are also networks active in energy storage, bio-energy and skills development.

 

Access to world-class research centres of excellence

Northern Ireland is home to a number of centres of excellence undertaking industrially relevant research and channelling university expertise into the development of sophisticated products and processes to assist the growth of companies in our Renewables and energy sector. Our research centres have a focus on industry research and are already making a mark internationally.

 

Northern Ireland for foreign direct investment

Northern Ireland is an attractive place for investment in the technology sector thanks to a combination of factors including skills availability, excellent infrastructure, cost-effectiveness and a supportive business environment.

 

Who's here

 
Belfast Harbour

Belfast Harbour is Belfast's port authority and operates the principal maritime gateway on the island of Ireland. The harbour estate covers an area of 2,000 acres representing 20% of Belfast City area and is also Northern Ireland's logistics and distribution hub and home to major businesses including Baker McKenzie, Harland & Wolff, Capita, CitiGroup and Bombardier.

Belfast Harbour

 
GES Group

GES Group, a leading Electrical and Mechanical Engineering business, now serve customers throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. Traditionally AC/DC motor rewind and re-manufacture specialists, it has developed its portfolio as a market leader to now provide an extensive range of technically advanced products and services.

GES Group

 
Graham Construction

Graham Construction has grown steadily and significantly over the past number of years to become a leading player in all areas of construction throughout the UK and Ireland.

Graham Construction

 
Granville Ecopark

Granville Ecopark (GECO) is an Enhanced Anaerobic Digestion Facility based in the centre of Northern Ireland. It is currently the market leader in Ireland within the Anaerobic Digestion sector and is providing an unbeatable Circular Economy experience in the waste sector.

Granville Ecopark

 
Kingspan

Kingspan is the global leader in high performance insulation and building envelope solutions. Improving building performance, construction methods and ultimately people's lives.

Kingspan

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