Dr Lucy Cradden is currently a senior postdoctoral researcher at UCD supported by a Marie Curie ENERGY21 Level 2 fellowship and the ESIPP research project. She obtained a BE in Mechanical Engineering (1st Class Honours) at UCD in 2003, and spent time working as a manufacturing engineer before going on to complete a PhD degree at the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh in 2010.
Lucy’s research interests are directed at the interface between weather and renewable energy systems. Following PhD research on the potential impacts of climate change on wind energy, she completed some further work about climate change impacts on different aspects of the electricity system. She also contributed to several EU FP7 projects, focusing on renewable resource assessment and the development of GIS-based spatial planning tools to aid decision-making for offshore renewable energy projects.
Lucy’s current research is about understanding how large-scale climate patterns can impact on the operation of the electricity system. Recently, she developed a model of long-term historical aggregate wind generation for Ireland, and a corresponding weather-related demand model. The models are being used to analyse the effects of particular weather and climate patterns on energy supply and demand, and will be incorporated in a dispatch model to study potential impacts on the electricity system.