Forty jobs in pipeline for South Kilkenny

AN INNOVATIVE new way of creating energy looks set to create up to 40 new jobs in South Kilkenny.

AN INNOVATIVE new way of creating energy looks set to create up to 40 new jobs in South Kilkenny.

Mark Carr from Fiddown and Sean Donnelly from the Kells Road in the city are about to begin manufacturing 2.5 metre wind turbines which will be able to power private homes.

“We have secured some funding from Enterprise Ireland and we are hoping to get a grant to help to cover the capital costs. We would like to start making them as soon as possible and hope to employ up to 40 people over the next three years. This is a commercially viable project and the market for alternative energy is ripe,” said Mr Carr.

The new prototype wind turbine has been patented. Mark lives on the bank of the River Suir at Fiddown and in the past he has experimented with tidal power at Fiddown but it would be a very costly venture, so he came up with a design for a new type of wind turbine. The blades are made from polyurethane and all the other parts can be made in Ireland and even locally.

The turbine is designed to generate heat, pump water and create electricity. It operates with the slightest breeze and is not as obtrusive as the traditional wind turbine with the large propeller. The turbine will be 50% cheaper than other turbines, and large or small turbines can be made. It also has a slimmer build and runs silently.