Services and Facilities


The Nimbus Centre is your one-stop shop for industry R&D. We guide you through an array of the available funding mechanisms, match one with your business requirements and can assist with your funding application. The next step is the technical implementation of your innovative idea, for which a team of 90+ highly experienced engineers and research staff are availailable. Take the first step today and get in touch with Sinead Rodgers (Industry Links Program Coordinator) +353 21 433 5569

 Some of the Enterprise Ireland funding mechanisms are summarised here.



Litmus is a public facility that develops, tests, trials and demonstrates applications, products and services. It includes three test-bed areas: Energy; Water; Community. Each of these areas is explained in detail below.

Each area successfully supports multinational corporations, SME’s and research bodies to develop and prove their new technologies.

If you are interested in working with our team or for more information on Litmus please contact:

Brian Cahill; T: 087 782 4314;

The National Sustainable Building Energy Test-bed

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in partnership with United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Ltd. (UTRC-I) manage the “National Sustainable Building Energy Test-bed” (NSBET) located in CIT’s Nimbus Centre.  UTRC-I specialise in building infrastructure and services, heating and air conditioning, fire and security systems and power generation and is conducting research related to whole building energy and power management to capture retrofit opportunities that scale from a single building to multiple buildings at district level.

The outcome of this collaborative project is a whole-building energy and power management technology demonstrator within the Nimbus building scalable to a district or campus level. The location of such a resource within CIT leads to curriculum development, enhanced teaching capability and tools, postgraduate-level research, and the potential for commercialisation of advanced technologies.

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Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre

The Innovation hub to address Ireland’s water infrastructure is located in the Nimbus Centre, Cork Institute of Technology. The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC) is a joint venture between Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Nimbus Centre at Cork Institute of Technology.  The WSSIC creates an expert resource in modernizing Ireland’s water infrastructure by taking advantage of Nimbus’ technological knowledge and leveraging both Councils’ experience in Water Resource operation.

The WSSIC harnesses state-of-the-art technology in water quality monitoring, leakage reporting & repair, remote monitoring and much more.

The resulting innovations will be rolled out across County Cork, with a view to deploying to all city and county councils in Ireland.  With this, the WSSIC becomes internationally recognised as a hub for innovation in water-based systems and technologies. Alongside more efficient water services and monitoring processes, the WSSIC is a catalyst for the creation of new Irish-based enterprise and jobs.

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Mallow Systems Innovation Centre

Mallow – ‘The Small Smart City’.

The Mallow Systems Innovation Centre (MSIC) is an initiative by the Mallow Development Partnership led by CIT’s Nimbus Centre. The formation of the Mallow Systems Innovation Centre (MSIC) is a unique collaboration between a local community and a Third Level Institution, which creates a research and innovation resource promising far reaching technological, economic and educational dividends for the town of Mallow.

A critical mass of technology-related activity in the North Cork town has been created by the collaboration between the Centre and local companies and educational facilities. The Centre is funded by the largest single grant made by Cork County Council’s Economic Development Fund and by funding from Mallow Town Council.

The Centre creates the conditions through which further industry innovation projects can be trialed in Mallow and move more quickly to commercialisation. Various technological solutions from projects will be deployed and trialled in Mallow as part of an overall technological infrastructure for the town at large.

The MSIC increases the opportunities for innovative companies to come to Mallow for both the testing and commercialisation phases of their new products and services.

The institute is part of an overall community drive to maximise the resources of the town through the application of new technologies and skillsets.

The Centre fosters a pro-technology “image” for Mallow, which will be positive in terms of FDI attraction. It integrates:

  • Nimbus expertise
  • Mallow town council
  • Local industry
  • Technology companies

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The Nimbus Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for embedded systems research, development and demonstration. The Centre houses three different laboratory spaces with an overall size of 1800m2. These are configured as a Knowledge Transfer Laboratory, Projects Laboratory and a Main Laboratory. See details below.

We also manage the combined force of Ireland’s major test bed facilities:

  • The National Sustainable Building Energy Test-bed
  • Water systems and services innovation centre
  • Mallow systems innovation centre

Lab Facilities

The Centre houses three different laboratory spaces with an overall size of 1800m2. These are configured as a Knowledge Transfer Laborator, Projects Laboratory and a Main Laboratory.

Projects Laboratory                                                 Lab Suite Soldering Area

All lab benches are equipped with mains power and network points. The laboratory spaces are set up to facilitate initial small prototype activities in the Knowledge Transfer Laboratory. Projects can then progress to either the Projects Laboratory or the Main Laboratory depending on the scale and facilities requirements of the project. The Main Laboratory is designed to be open plan to accommodate projects with a large space requirement and is designed to be a staging point for project demonstrators which can be perfected in-house before being moved to other off-site field trial sites.

The main laboratory and projects laboratory are equipped with permanent fume extraction systems.

There are also a further nine industry workstations available on the ground floor of the Centre which can be used by visiting researchers from our industry and academic partners.

Radio Frequency


  • Vector network analyzer HP8720C
  • PCB Milling Machine
  • Logic analyzer TLA714
  • Semi-automatic pick and place
  • 500Mhz scopes Tektronix TDS 7xx and 5xx series
  • Reflow Oven
  • 3 x Spectrum analysers Anritsu MS2661B
  • Laboratory Oven
  • HP RF signal generator ( up to 4GHz)
  • Vacum Oven and Pump
  • Anritsu calibrated antenna system up to 433MHz with reciever
  • Vibration and Shock System
  • Desktop Spectrum Analyzer with a Vector Signal Analyzer (maximum frequency 30GHz)
  • Rapid prototype
  • Microwave Signal Generator (maximum frequency 22GHz)
  • Video Microscope
  • Vector Network Analyzer (maximum frequency 40GHz)
  • Microsectioning
  • Hand held Spectrum Analyzer with S parameter measurement capabilities (2 port up to 7GHz)
  • Pulse Generator with pulse generator heads
  • Arbitrary Function Generator Agilent 81150A
  • Lavoratory Power Supply (providing 120V, 30V or in a parallel 12A 30V)
  • 2 x HP 6673a power supplies ( 35 Volt, 60 Amp DC Power Supply)
  • General Purpose Source and Meter ( can supply up to 120V and 160W)
  • Set of probes and cables for Tektronics TD5xx and TD7xx series oscilloscopes
  • Plug-in modules HP86117A for Agilent mainframe Infinium 86100A