MiniStor´s feature city: Cork
Corks motto is “Statio Bene Fide Carinis” which translates as “a safe haven for ships”. On the cities crest this shown as a ship arriving safely between two towers (the port).
Some 169 multinational companies call Cork home. The city is a place of collaboration and creativity, a dynamic economic ecosystem where world-class R&D is hosted in globally recognised research centres and high-level academic institutions work with sector leaders to develop talent for tomorrow’s world.
Cork’s entrepreneurial culture is fuelling a rapidly growing number of start-ups in sectors like energy, cybersecurity, food and software development. A gateway to Europe for centuries, Cork’s connectivity is boosted by Ireland’s second biggest airport and the world’s second largest natural harbour. You can add to that an unrivalled quality of life and a landscape so beautiful it attracts visitors from all around the world.
Internationally renowned for enabling the pioneers of technology, great and small, Cork hosts a wide range of leading players across key sectors. A collaborative approach that unites business, academia and government continues to drive success for leading businesses.
The cities commitment to research and innovation is a critical factor for business success from scaling businesses through to investor operations and expansions in Cork. Assets including the national ICT centre – the Tyndall Institute, the largest research facility of its kind in Ireland, which has generated world class start-ups in various tech areas, including materials, on-chip design and photonics and has also provided outsourced research to blue-chip businesses supplementing their in-house R&D activity. The Rubicon and Nimbus centres at Corks Institute of Technology are also significant centres of innovation and creativity.
At the heart of Cork’s character and charisma is the word CAN. It embodies everything we do, and it represents our mindset; that anything is achievable here in Cork. We have always been a place that simply gets on with things, adopts new ways of doing and is productive, determined and ambitious.
Cork City recently adapted its climate adaptation strategy. This strategy outlines how the city will play its part in adapting and mitigating against climate change. With a stock of 10,000 social houses built between 1886 and the present day many need deep energy retrofitting to meet the NZEB standard demanded to meet the demands set by the Paris Accord. For this reason, the city is delighted to be associated with the MiniStor project and to play its part in developing and piloting new technologies that can drive the existing building stock towards carbon neutrality.