Electricity storage has until recently been prohibitively expensive, but its emergence at an economically viable cost will enable increased use of wind and solar power

The cost of batteries is falling to the point that they are becoming an increasingly viable option for uses such as supporting the stability of power (...)

Out Tuesday: Irish retail sales (Oct). Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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MONDAY Results: GameStop; Mallinckrodt. Meetings: Brave Business Conference (Davenport Hotel, D2). Indicators: US existing home sales (Oct). TUESDAY (...)

Joe Kaeser, chief executive officer of Siemens: “The biggest economic damage from these attacks is on confidence and confidence is a crucial element in this phase.”  Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Heightened political risk in Europe is damping companies’ investment plans and fuelling concerns about a global growth slowdown, the head of Europe’s(...)

Engine trouble: Weaker than expected earnings reports in Europe included another profit warning from Rolls-Royce, which sent its shares skidding. Photograph: Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty

MARK PAUL The Iseq beat its peers on yesterday with a marginal gain, as the top European stock index posted its biggest fall in six weeks due to wea(...)

 Trains to turbines: Siemens also announced a new share buyback programme of up to €3 billion over three years and raised its dividend to €3.50 from €3.30 per share for 2015. Photograph: Paul Zinken/EPA

Siemens, Europe’s biggest industrial group, forecast a return to growth on all levels in 2016 after a year of upheaval in which it axed thousands of j(...)

James Dyson with one of his vacuum cleaners. Dyson lost its case over EU energy labelling.

Vacuum cleaner manufacturer Dyson has lost its bid to change EU energy labelling laws. Sir James Dyson, founder of the British technology firm, argued(...)

Dermot Desmond: isn’t exactly known for tolerating losses. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Billionaire financier Dermot Desmond isn’t exactly known for tolerating losses at his various companies, but he has had to suck them up at eSpatial So(...)

A banner of Alexis Tsipras hangs over Syriza’s pre-election kiosk in Athens. The banner reads: ‘We are winning tomorrow’. Photograph: Reuters

Speculation on the outcome of the September 20th election focuses on whether Alexis Tsipras will be able to form a coalition government. Polls show N(...)

Effective Software raised funding from AIB’s Start Up Accelerator Fund through ACT Venture Capital, with some participation from the Boole and Bloom investment syndicates and existing investors.

Irish technology company Effective Software is planning to expand following a successful funding round in which it raised €1 million. The company, whi(...)

Rob Laffan, a student at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), is the winner of the 2015 Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards for his Tippy Talk platform

A revolutionary new device which utilises automation technology to assist people with disabilities such as autism communicate verbally has earned Lime(...)