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. 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 Focus of the hub is summarised here. Nimbus’ water interests are solidly supported by CIT’s excellent resources in the water space.
WSSIC harnesses state-of-the-art technology in water quality monitoring, leakage reporting & repair, remote monitoring and much more. Current water projects, five of which are funded by seed funding from the three main partners, one of which is an Enterprise Ireland-funded ‘Innovation Partnership’, and another an Enterprise Ireland-funded ‘Commercialisation fund’, have inaugurated the WSSIC’s activity. The projects encompass embedded system design, wireless technologies, website design, programming, optics, sol-gel and polymer chemistry, electrochemistry, miniaturisation, case studies and workflow design.
The resulting innovations are being rolled out across County Cork, with a view to deploying to all city and county councils in Ireland. With this, the WSSIC becomes the internationally recognised 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.
WSSIC engages with key players in the water industry, providing technical guidance in the development of the Irish strategy on water. Delivering Locknote speeches at events like National Water Summit at Croke Park, Dublin, provide an insight into the available technology to interested parties. Regular media contributions and tweets spread the word on WSSIC developments.
The strength in this three-way partnership between Cork City and Cork County Councils and CIT, each providing equal funding, and contributing synergistically from their varied areas of expertiese, assists WSSIC in accelerating progress in Munster.
This innovation initiative is led by Kevin Fitzgibbon, Water Co-ordinator. Kevin.Fitzgibbon@cit.ie 021 433 5095021 433 5095