The ESIPP Symposium 2019 took place on Wednesday 11th December in the George Moore Auditorium in the O'Brien Centre for Science in UCD.
The ESIPP Symposium “Investing in Our Energy Future” took place on Wednesday 11 December in the George Moore Auditorium in UCD. Following an introduction from Prof Andrew Keane, we were delighted to welcome John Halligan T.D., Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development to open the event. Minister Halligan highlighted the important role that energy systems research will play in the energy transition and the need for further public engagement. This was followed by a very informative presentation from Martin Finucane, Principal Officer, Strategic Energy Policy Division, DCCAE providing an overview of some of the important initiatives underway in his department.
The next 2 sessions featured presentations from ongoing research activities within ESIPP and an overview of the Backbone model and its uses. These presentations ranged from power system analysis to data centres to markets and incentives and gave a good overview of the various research activities.
A panel discussion featuring industry representatives on the topic of Investment in our Energy Future helped to bring some attention to the factors that really impact investment.
Alongside all the presentations we had a poster exhibition which received excellent feedback from attendees and the judges for the poster competition. Congratulations to all on the excellent work, and in particular to Desta Fitiwi (ESRI) who was awarded the Best Poster Prize.
09:30: Registration and Refreshments
10:00 – 11:00: Session 1 – 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
“Power Electronics Dominated Power Systems”, Junru Chen, UCD
“Detecting sets of lines in electricity networks that form critical bottlenecks”, Arash Beiranvand
“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
“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
15:30: Coffee Break & Poster Viewing
16:00 – 17:00: Panel discussion - Investing in Our Energy Future
Moderator – Dr. Julie Byrne
Panellists: Clare Duffy, ESB Networks
Jefferson Vieira, ISIF
Phil Hemingway, SEAI
Anthony Rourke, EY
17:00 Closing Remarks & Poster Prizegiving
Mattia De Rosa
Hafiz Hashim Waheed
Quantifying the uncertainty of wind energy forecasts using weather patterns
Investigation of WRF forecast performance for wind at height
An Investigation of regional correlation gradients between the North Atlantic Oscillation and solar energy resources in Ireland and the UK
Joao Monteiro Correia
Demand Response? Don't forget about the grid!