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George Moore Auditorium

O'Brien Centre for Science

University College Dublin, Belfield

D04 V1W8 Dublin 4


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This research showcase highlights the latest results in Energy Systems Research emerging from the ESIPP programme.

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ESIPP is delighted to host the Energy Systems Research Symposium “Investing in Our Energy Future”. This event showcases the emerging research from the ESIPP team. The presentations will cover a range of topics from new ways of using and operating electricity and gas infrastructure, to market behaviour and an analysis of investments in technology and retrofit. The ESIPP programme uniquely brings together a multidisciplinary team to address the challenges of the energy system as we move to decarbonisation, and this symposium aims to provide a flavour of the different research activities involved.

The relevance of our research to industry stakeholders is also of critical importance, and the symposium will feature a panel session with industry experts. The theme of Investing in Our Energy Future will cover investment in infrastructure and technology, as well as investment in people and research. The challenges that lie ahead are significant and ensuring a pipeline of talented researchers will help deliver solutions to these challenges.

Provisional Agenda

09:30: Registration and Refreshments

10:00 – 11:00: Opening Session

Welcome Address: Prof. Andrew Keane, Head of UCD Energy Institute, ESIPP Lead PI

Minister's Address: John Halligan, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development

Keynote Address: Martin Finucane, Principal Officer, Strategic Energy Policy Division, DCCAE

11:00: Coffee Break & Poster Viewing

11:30 – 13:00: Session 1 – Transforming Energy Systems

Chair: Professor Frank McDermott, School of Earth Sciences, UCD

“Power Electronics Dominated Power Systems”, Junru Chen, UCD

“Detecting sets of lines in electricity networks that form critical bottlenecks”, Arash Beiranvand

“The ENGINE model: providing evidence for investment, locational and policy questions in Ireland”, Desta Fitiwi, ESRI

“Backbone Integrated Energy System Modelling”, Dr. Ciara O'Dwyer, UCD

"Decarbonising Gas. Modelling the inclusion of Green Hydrogen in the Irish gas network", Ali Ekhtiari, UCD

13:00: Lunch and Poster Viewing

14:00 – 15:30: Session 2 - Markets and Investment

Chair: Dr Muireann Lynch, Research Officer, ESRI

“No real option for solar in Ireland: a real option valuation of utility scale solar investment in Ireland”, Martina Assereto, UCD

“When is it sensible to make a loss? Modelling strategic behaviour in electricity markets”, Dr. Mel Devine, UCD

“From the microscale to the megascale: A techno economic analysis of sustainable data centre thermal management”, Jaakko McEvoy and Bryan Coyne, TCD

“Evaluating Home Energy Retrofit at Neighbourhood Scale - Modelling and Simulating Two Irish Case Studies”, Paul Beagon, UCD

15:30: Coffee Break & Poster Viewing

16:00 – 17:00: Panel discussion - Investing in Our Energy Future

Moderator – Dr. Julie Byrne, Assistant Professor, UCD School of Business


Clare Duffy, Network Development and Electrification Manager, ESB Networks

Dr Phil Hemmingway, Head, Low Carbon Technologies Department, SEAI

Jefferson Vieira,Energy Research & Investments, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Anthony Rourke, Director, Government & Infrastructure, Transaction Advisory Services, EY

17:00 - 17:15 Closing Remarks & Poster Prizegiving

UCD Maps:

Entrance to the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science is via location number '67' on the UCD Belfield Campus Map

Note: Limited car parking is available on the UCD campus and car parks are indicated on the map available via the link above

Getting to UCD: Information on getting to UCD by public transport is available via:

Event hashtag: #ESIPP2019

Twitter: @ESIPP_Research

* Please note that photography/video may be taken at this event for media and marketing purposes and distributed online, via UCD websites, on social media and/or on media channels.

The Energy Systems Integration Partnership Programme is financially supported by Science Foundation Ireland under the SFI Strategic Partnership Programme (Grant Number SFI/15/SPP/E3125), five industry members of UCD Energy Institute and a philanthropic donation by the chair of UCD Energy Institute, Mr. David O’Reilly.

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