West Limerick turbine project to create 15 new jobs



Maura Kelley Culhane, GKinetic’s PR & Marketing Coordinator; Paul Collins, DesignPro’s Managing Director; Vincent Mc Cormack, GKinetic’s Managing Director and Roisin Mc Cormack, DesignPro’s Marketing Manager

TWO local companies GKinetic and Design Pro will create 15 new jobs in West Limerick after developing a new range of run-of-river hydrokinetic turbines.

Rathkeale-based DesignPro Ltd and GKinetic Energy Ltd from Newcastle West will collaborate in the production of 25 kW and 60 kW prototype hydroturbine devices.

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The project has secured EU funding to commercialise small scale river turbines up to 100 kW utilising GKinetic’s technology.

A spokesperson for the collaboration said their technology is completely unique and can produce a constant supply of zero-carbon energy by doubling the speed of water to the turbine.

GKinetic Energy set up a custom test-facility for the turbines when they collaborated with Shannon Foynes Port Company to bring the project to the next stage.

Following a successful test period and a €2.7 million investment, 15 jobs were created during project development stage with an estimated 35 additional positions after commercial roll out.