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A Green Tech Cluster will Take Time

Although there is no doubt that there are the building blocks of a green technology cluster here in Ireland, one fears that the timetable involved will cause difficulties. The Digital Hub in Dublin has come in for criticism (unfairly) on how well it has progressed in the last 7-8 years and despite a lot of progress the media still seems to have it in their sights.

What many people don’t realise is just how long it takes for a technology cluster to establish itself. Research conducted by the author of this blog, into the life cycle of over a dozen clusters worldwide from their inception to the early 2000’s, showed that it takes 10-20 years for clusters to really get established fully. And they must overcome serious hurdles. For example one of the famed research-related clusters, that of Research Triangle Park, in North Carolina, actually went close to bankruptcy on two occasions before getting additional support, and becoming a leading beacon for high technology clusters in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

The question is: does Ireland have the time, and the patience, for a green cluster(s) to develop?

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  1. tio
    April 7, 2010 at 01:44

    very good article, thanks this is very useful for me

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