Engineering Excellence Digital Series

Engineers Ireland’s Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB, shines a light on the creative ways Ireland’s engineers seek to support and transform society. In addition to the engineering skill needed to deliver these projects in 2021, the series also highlights the engineers behind these projects and how their work benefits communities in Ireland and overseas.

Following a free-to-enter competition and judging process, five engineering projects were selected to represent the top engineering initiatives undertaken in the fields of innovation, sustainability, buildings and structures, and infrastructure in 2021. The sixth video in the series recognises Engineers Ireland’s Engineer of the Year.

In addition to viewing the series, Engineers Ireland is also encouraging its 25,000 member engineers and the wider public to vote for their top engineering project featured in the series for the Engineering Endeavour of 2021 Award by noon on Friday, 10 December.

Watch now and be inspired

The Load Reduction Device, developed by marine engineering specialists Dublin Offshore to support offshore wind development. In addition to cost savings of over €300m for a 1GW project, the device is set to reduce the risk of mooring failure and will bridge the gap between the cost of floating and fixed offshore wind 

Dunderrow Solar Farm, the largest solar farm in the Republic of Ireland, developed by Eli Lilly Kinsale and Enerpower. The annual power generated by this solar farm is equivalent to the power consumption of Kinsale town. The solar farm allows Lilly to reduce its annual use of electricity from carbon sources by almost 6GWH and its carbon footprint by 2,350 tonnes

The Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project, which has connected 20,000 homes and businesses to the drainage scheme and has ended the practice of discharging the equivalent of 40,000 wheelie bins of raw sewage into Cork Harbour every day. This project by Irish Water has also greatly improved the amenity value of the Cork Lower Harbour for the surrounding communities of Ringaskiddy, Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Passage West, Monkstown, and Cobh town

The L12 Heat Pump, the world’s largest solid state, zero emission heat pump developed by Exergyn, a Dublin-based creative clean-tech company. This heat pump is currently the only refrigerant free, and carbon neutral alternative to vapour compression technologies and is putting Ireland to the forefront of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry

The National Children’s Hospital Concrete Frame, a structurally ambitious and intricately engineered frame which forms the heart of the new Children’s Hospital in Dublin. From exposed concrete finish elliptical columns, to twenty metre tall inclined columns, the frame, developed by Kwik RC Frames and BAM Ireland, is vast in scale and incorporates innovative construction methodologies

Aisling Hahessy, a Senior Structural Engineer with Arup, also features in the series having been chosen by Engineers Ireland’s Officers as the Engineer of the Year in recognition of the impact and contribution of her work on communities both in Ireland and overseas

Engineering Endeavour of 2021

We hope that you are inspired by the scale, complexity and ambitious nature of projects being undertaken by Ireland’s engineering community.  

Voting is now closed for the Engineering Endeavour of 2021 and we look forward to announcing the winner on Wednesday, 15 December.


The Engineering Excellence Digital Series is held in association with ESB. 

As Title Sponsor of the Excellence Awards since 2010 and now our new Digital Excellence Series, we would like to thank ESB for their ongoing support in recognising Ireland's engineering profession.

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We would also like to thank Accenture and Geoscience Ireland for their commitment and support of the Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB.

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2020 Engineering Excellence Digital Series
Watch last year's 6 entries for the Engineering Excellence Digital Series.