IES R&D Involved in Project to make Limerick become first Irish “Lighthouse Smart City”

Date Published

10th Jul 2018

Lucy Dowden
VE Marketing Manager

IES R&D, along with other Irish partners, will be involved in a project aiming to make Limerick the first Irish “Lighthouse Smart City”.

Limerick has been awarded a substantial grant in the biggest EU Research and Innovation Funding programme, Horizon 2020, for a smart cities and communities project worth €6.5m to the city.

The +CityxChange (positive city exchange) is a smart city project submitted by a consortium of 32 partners including Limerick City and County Council from 11 countries. The fullscale project will receive €20 million in funding from Horizon 2020 which has nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years.

For the next five years, Limerick City along with the city of Trondheim in Norway will work with five other follower cities, Alba Iulia (Romania), Pisek (Czech Republic), Sestao (Spain), Smolyan (Bulgaria) and Voru (Estonia) to develop together through citizen engagement a series of demonstration projects on how to become smart positive energy cities. Together with all of their citizens, they will develop solutions that will help generate more energy than they consume, and exchange experiences with cities across Europe to learn faster, together.

By winning the grant, Limerick will become the first Irish ‘Lighthouse Smart City’ – Lighthouse cities are ones that develop and tests integrated innovative solutions at district scale and act as exemplars for their region and other cities and regions across Europe.

Limerick is the only Irish city to ever receive this prestigious award and €6.5m of the overall funding will go directly to Limerick and its partners.

For more information on the project, read the full article at

IES R&D has a successful funding record as both an experienced manager and a collaborator on a number of grant  
funded research projects. We have been successful in producing a number of commercially viable products as a result of R&D projects. As well as grant funded projects, IES R&D also undertakes bespoke projects for a range of clients, including private companies, NGOs, government bodies, cities, rating system providers and those setting industry standards. Find out more by visiting our website.

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