Denis Collins, CEO of ActionZero; with Minister for Environment, Climate, and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD; and Margie McCarthy, Director of Research and Policy Insight SEAI. Photo :Naoise Culhane Photography

Revolutionary heat pump turns heads

A climate technology company with its headquarters in Cork stole the show at a recent sustainable energy event.

ActionZero, based on Penrose Wharf in Cork city, won Best Innovative Product, and received the Overall Product of the Show award for its patented EscoPod high temperature and high efficiency heat pump at the 2023 SEAI Energy Show at the RDS in Dublin.

The EscoPod system decarbonises heat and provides hot water and chilling without the need for fossil fuels or a deep retrofit, which can be costly and disruptive.

The SEAI Energy Show is Ireland’s largest free energy event attracting more than 100 exhibitors and 4,000 visitors over 2 days. The awards recognise the most innovative products and services presented by exhibitors and are judged by a panel of experts from the sector. The event was officially opened by Minister for Environment, Climate, and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD.

It’s the second award win for ActionZero in as many months. In February, the EscoPod scooped the Green Technology Award at the 2023 Green Awards.

CEO of ActionZero, Denis Collins said: “It is an honour to have our technology selected by the panel of experts. We work with some incredible industrial, commercial, and public sector organisations in both Ireland and the UK who want to eliminate the use of fossil fuels, whilst minimising business disruption. Together we are making a difference and working towards a net-zero emissions world.

“We’re delighted to see our EscoPod technology recognised at the SEAI Energy Show. The event is largely acknowledged as the pinnacle location for manufacturers to introduce their latest innovations.”

The EscoPod itself is manufactured at ActionZero’s research and development facility in Tralee, Co Kerry. The company builds, installs, and operates the EscoPod thermal energy system which also delivers ongoing performance validation through their online data analytics platform.

ActionZero was established in 2021 following the merger of Energy Services and Straightline Energy Solutions. It works with a range of companies in healthcare, industry and enterprise including the Bons Secours Hospital, several agri-food companies, and public sector bodies.

In recent weeks, ActionZero announced a new partnership with Dunbia, a division of Dawn Meats, to help eliminate fossil fuel use at the company’s processing facility in Llanybydder, Wales.