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Sarah Mc Cormack
, Civil Struct & Env. Eng.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Esfandyari, A., Norton, B., Conlon, M., McCormack, S.J., Performance of a campus photovoltaic electric vehicle charging station in a temperate climate, Solar Energy, 2019, p762-771 Journal Article, 2019

John Gallagher, Biswajit Basu, Maria Browne, Alan Kenna, Sarah McCormack, Francesco Pilla, David Styles, Adapting Stand-Alone Renewable Energy Technologies for the Circular Economy through Eco-Design and Recycling, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 13, (1), 2019, p133 - 140 Journal Article, 2019

Phase Change Materials for Solar Energy Applications in, editor(s)Vikas Mittal , Phase Change Materials, Central West Publishing, 2019, pp21 - 53, [Hoda Akbari , David G Peña, Rebeca S Pizarro, Hind Ahmed, Maria C. Browne, Chuka O'koli,Edward Guionneau, Ming Jun Huang and Sarah J. McCormack] Book Chapter, 2019 URL

Mehran Rafiee, Subhash Chandra, Hind Ahmed, Sarah J. McCormack, An overview of various configurations of Luminescent Solar Concentrators for photovoltaic applications, Optical Materials, 91, 2019, p212--227 Journal Article, 2019

Sethi, A., Chandra, S., Ahmed, H., McCormack, S.J., Fluorescent organic dyes in a silicone encapsulant composite for Luminescent Solar Concentrators, 2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC, 2018, p958-960 Journal Article, 2018

Hoda Akbari, Maria C.Browne, Anita Ortega, Ming Jun Huang , Neil J.Hewitt, Brian Norton, Sarah J.McCormack, Efficient energy storage technologies for photovoltaic systems, Solar Energy, 2018, phttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.sole Journal Article, 2018

Salah Vaisi, Francesco Pilla, Sarah J. McCormack, Recommending a thermal energy benchmark based on CIBSE TM46 for typical college buildings and creating monthly energy models, Energy and Buildings, 176, 2018, p296--309 Journal Article, 2018

Mehran Rafiee, Hind Ahmed, Subhash Chandra, Arunima Sethi and Sarah J McCormack, Monte Carlo Ray Tracing Modelling of Multi-Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cell Enhanced by Luminescent Material, 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-7), Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, 10-15 June , 2018 Conference Paper, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Walshe, J., McCormack, S.J., Ahmed, H., Doran, J., A transfer matrix approach to aid in the design and optimization of hybrid advanced passive structures for enhancing photovoltaic efficiency, ISES Solar World Congress 2017 - IEA SHC International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry 2017, Proceedings, 2017, p1297-1305 Journal Article, 2017

Akbari, H., Naydenova, I., Ahmed, H., McCormack, S., Martin, S., Development and testing of low spatial frequency holographic concentrator elements for collection of solar energy, Solar Energy, 155, 2017, p103-109 Journal Article, 2017

Browne, M.C., Boyd, E., McCormack, S.J., Investigation of the corrosive properties of phase change materials in contact with metals and plastic, Renewable Energy, 108, 2017, p555-568 Journal Article, 2017

O'Hegarty, R., Kinnane, O., McCormack, S.J., Parametric investigation of concrete solar collectors for façade integration, Solar Energy, 153, 2017, p396-413 Journal Article, 2017

Ahmed, H., Rafiee, M., Chandra, S., Sethi, A., Mccormack, S.J., Application of concentrating plasmonic luminescent down-shifting layers for photovoltaic devices, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 10099, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Chandra, S., Ahmed, H., Doran, J., Mccormack, S.J., Plasmonic quantum dot solar concentrator, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 10099, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

H. Ahmed, S.J. McCormack, J. Doran, Plasmonic luminescent down shifting layers for the enhancement of CdTe mini-modules performance, Solar Energy, 141, 2017, p242 - 248 Journal Article, 2017 URL

O'Hegarty, R., Kinnane, O., McCormack, S.J., Concrete solar collectors for façade integration: An experimental and numerical investigation, Applied Energy, 206, 2017, p1040-1061 Journal Article, 2017

Browne, M.C., Quigley, D., Hard, H.R., Gilligan, S., Ribeiro, N.C.C., Almeida, N., McCormack, S.J., Assessing the Thermal Performance of Phase Change Material in a Photovoltaic/Thermal System, Energy Procedia, 91, 2016, p113-121 Journal Article, 2016

H. Ahmed, J. Doran, S.J. McCormack, Increased short-circuit current density and external quantum efficiency of silicon and dye sensitised solar cells through plasmonic luminescent down-shifting layers, Solar Energy, 126, 2016, p146 - 155 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Browne, M.C., Norton, B., McCormack, S.J., Heat retention of a photovoltaic/thermal collector with PCM, Solar Energy, 133, 2016, p533-548 Journal Article, 2016

Browne Maria C., Lawlor Keith, Kelly Adam, Norton Brian, Cormack Sarah J. M, Indoor Characterisation of a Photovoltaic/ Thermal Phase Change Material System , Energy Procedia , 70 , ( ), 2015, p163 - 171 Journal Article, 2015 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

O'Hegarty Richard, Kinnane Oliver, McCormack Sarah, A Case for Facade Located Solar Thermal Collectors , Energy Procedia , 70 , ( ), 2015, p103 - 110 Journal Article, 2015 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

Ahmad Hasan, Sarah Josephine McCormack, Ming Jun Huang, Brian Norton, Energy and Cost Saving of a Photovoltaic-Phase Change Materials (PV-PCM) System through Temperature Regulation and Performance Enhancement of Photovoltaics, Energies, 7, (3), 2014, p1318 - 1331 Journal Article, 2014

O'Hegarty, R., Kinnane, O. and McCormack, S., A Simplified Procedure for Sizing Solar Thermal Systems; Based on National Assessment Methods in the UK and Ireland., Energy Procedia, Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, Cardiff, 2014, 62, 2014, pp647 - 655 Conference Paper, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

A Hasan, SJ McCormack, MJ Huang, B Norton, Characterization of phase change materials for thermal control of photovoltaics using Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Temperature History Method, Energy Conversion and Management, 81, (-), 2014, p322 - 329 Journal Article, 2014

H. Ahmed*a, M. Kennedya, J. Dorana S. J. McCormackb, M. Della Pirrierac, D. Gutiérrez-Taustec and L. Aubouyc, Characterization of Luminescent Down-Shifting Materials and Applications for PV Devices, Proceedings, 8th Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference, Northumbria University, April 2nd - 4th 2012, edited by UK-ISES , 2012 Conference Paper, 2012 TARA - Full Text

H. Ahmed*a, M. Kennedya, T. Confreya, J. Dorana, S. J. McCormackb, S. Galindoc, C. Vozc and J. Puigdollersc, LUMOGEN VIOLET DYE AS LUMINESCENT DOWN-SHIFTING LAYER FOR C-SILICON SOLAR CELLS, 27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Frankfurt, Germany, 24 -28 Sept, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012 TARA - Full Text

Hasan, A., McCormack, S. J., Huang, M. J., Norton, B, Energy and Economic Analysis of a Photovoltaic Integrated with Phase Change Materials (PV-PCM) System, 10th IASME/WSEAS International Conference on HEAT TRANSFER, THERMAL ENGINEERING and ENVIRONMENT, Istanbul, Turkey, August 21-23, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

S. Chandra, J. Doran, S.J. McCormack, M. Kennedy, A.J. Chatten, Enhanced quantum dot emission for luminescent solar concentrators using plasmonic interaction, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 98, 2012, p385 - 390 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL

M.J. Huang, P.C. Eames, S. McCormack, P. Griffiths, N.J. Hewitt, Microencapsulated phase change slurries for thermal energy storage in a residential solar energy system, Renewable Energy, 36, (11), 2011, p2932- - 2939 Journal Article, 2011 DOI URL

Sarwar, J. S. McCormack, M.J.Huang and B. Norton, Numerical validation of experimental temperature evolution in photovoltaic cells with varying ambient conditions., 7th Photovoltaic Science Applications and Technology, Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 6-8 April, edited by UK-ISES , UK-ISES, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011 TARA - Full Text

L.M. Ayompe, A. Duffy, M. Mc Keever, M. Conlon, S.J. McCormack, Comparative field performance study of flat plate and heat pipe evacuated tube collectors (ETCs) for domestic water heating systems in a temperate climate, Energy, 36, (5), 2011, p3370-3378 Journal Article, 2011 URL DOI

Brian Norton, Philip C. Eames, Tapas K. Mallick, Ming Jun Huang, Sarah J. McCormack, Jayanta D. Mondol, Yigzaw G. Yohanis, Enhancing the performance of building integrated photovoltaics, Solar Energy, 85, (8), 2011, p1629-1664 Journal Article, 2011 URL DOI

Electronics letters, 47, 2, (2011), 85 - 86p, - [eds.] Journal, 2011

L.M. Ayompe, A. Duffy, S.J. McCormack, M. Conlon, Validated TRNSYS model for forced circulation solar water heating systems with flat plate and heat pipe evacuated tube collectors, Applied Thermal Engineering, 31, (8-9), 2011, p1536-1542 Journal Article, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Sarwar, J. S. McCormack, M.J.Huang and B. Norton, Experimental validation of CFD modelling for thermal regulation o photovoltaic panels using phase change material, International Conference for Sustainable Energy Storage, Belfast, N-Ireland, 21-24 February, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011 TARA - Full Text

L.M. Ayompe, A. Duffy, S.J. McCormack, M. Conlon, Measured performance of a 1.72 kW rooftop grid connected photovoltaic system in Ireland, Energy Conversion and Management, 52, (2), 2011, p816-825 Journal Article, 2011 DOI URL

L.M. Ayompe, A. Duffy, S.J. McCormack, M. Conlon, Projected costs of a grid-connected domestic PV system under different scenarios in Ireland, using measured data from a trial installation, Energy Policy, 38, (7), 2010, p3731-3743 Journal Article, 2010 URL DOI

M.J. Roo-Ons, S.V. Shynu, M. Seredynski, M.J. Ammann, S.J. McCormack, B. Norton, Influence of solar heating on the performance of integrated solar cell microstrip patch antennas, Solar Energy, 84, (9), 2010, 1619 - -1627 Journal Article, 2010 URL DOI

A. Hasan, S.J. McCormack, M.J. Huang, B. Norton, Evaluation of phase change materials for thermal regulation enhancement of building integrated photovoltaics, Solar Energy, 84, (9), 2010, 1601 - -1612 Journal Article, 2010 DOI URL

L.M. Ayompe, A. Duffy, S.J. McCormack, M. Conlon, Validated real-time energy models for small-scale grid-connected PV-systems, Energy, 35, (10), 2010, p4086-4091 Journal Article, 2010 DOI URL

Norton, B., McCormack, S. J., Switchable mirrors for solar concentration, 2009 Patent, 2009

Solar Energy, 83, 7, (2009), 978 - 981p, Darren Bagnall, [eds.] Journal, 2009 DOI URL

Hasan, A., McCormack, S. J., Huang, M. J., Norton, B, Experimental results for thermal regulation enhancement of BIPV using PCM, 5th Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference, Wrexham, Wales, UK, April (3-5), edited by UK-ISES , 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Shynu, S.V. Roo Ons, M. J., Ammann M.J., McCormack S.J., Norton B., A Microstrip Printed Dipole Solar Antenna using Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cells, IEEE Symposium on antennas and Propagation, San Diego, California, USA, July (5-11), edited by IEEE , 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

McCormack S. J., Kennedy, M., Rowan, B.C., Doran, J. D., and Norton, B., Novel materials for Non-Optical Solar Concentration, 10th World Renewable Energy Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, July, 2008, WREN Invited Talk, 2008

Kennedy, M., Dunne, M., McCormack, S. J., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., Ray trace modelling of multiple dyes in a luminescent solar concentrator, 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Valencia, Spain, edited by PVSEC , 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Kennedy, M., McCormack, S. J., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., Ray-trace modelling of Quantum Dot Solar Concentrators, 4th Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference, Bath, England, UK, April (3-5), edited by PVSAT , 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Shynu, S.V. Roo Ons, M. J., Ammann M.J., McCormack S.J., Norton B., A Metal Plate Solar Antenna for UMTS Pico-Cell Base Station, Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference, Loughborough, England, UK, March (17-18), edited by LAPC , 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Hasan, A., McCormack, S. J., Huang, M. J., Norton, B., Experimental design for integrating phase change materials into building integrated photovoltaics for thermal control, 4th Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference, Bath, England, UK, April (3-5), edited by PVSAT , 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Huang, M.J., McCormack, S. J., Eames P.C. and Norton, B., he Effect of Phase Change Material Crystalline Segregation on the Building Integrated Photovoltaic System Thermal Performance, 10th World Renewable Energy Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, July , edited by WREN , 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Kennedy, M., Chatten, A.J, Farrell, D. J., Bose, R., Büchtemann, A., McCormack, S. J., Doran, J. D., Barnham, K. W. J, Norton, B., Thermodynamic modelling and ray-trace modelling of luminescent solar concentrators: A comparison of the two approaches, 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Valencia, Spain, Sept (1-5), edited by PVSEC , 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Optics Express, 16, 26, (2008), 21773 - 21792p, Optical Society of America, [eds.] Journal, 2008 DOI URL

Roo Ons, M.J., Nair, S., Ammann, M. J., McCormack, S. J., Norton, B., Polycrystalline solar cells as reflector for dipole antennas, 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Valencia, Spain, Sept (1-5), edited by PVSEC , 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Hasan, A., Schnitzler, E., McCormack, S. J., Huang, M. J., Norton, B., Phase change materials for thermal control of building integrated photovoltaics: Experimental design and findings, 22nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Milan, Italy, Sept, edited by PVSEC , 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Rowan, B. C., McCormack, S. J., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., Quantum dot solar concentrators of various geometries and QD concentrations, 3rd Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference, Durham, UK, March, edited by PVSAT , 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Rowan, B. C., McCormack, S. J., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., Quantum Dot Solar Concentrators: An Investigation of various geometries, SPIE Optics and Photonics and Solar Energy Conference, San Diego, California, USA, August, edited by SPIE , 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Kennedy, M., Rowan, B. C., McCormack, S. J., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., ay-trace modelling of Quantum Dot Solar Concentrators and comparison with fabricated devices, 3rd Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference, Durham, England, UK, March, edited by PVSAT , 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Hasan, A., McCormack, S. J., Huang, M. J., Norton, B., 2007, Experimental design for integrating phase change materials into building integrated photovoltaics for thermal control, 3rd Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference, Durham, England, UK, March, edited by PVSAT , 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Nair, S., Roo Ons, M.J., Ammann, M. J., McCormack, S. J., Norton, B., Microstrip patch antenna with integrated photovoltaic solar cell for autonomous communication systems, 2nd European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Nov (11-16), 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Roo Ons, M.J., Nair, S., Ammann, M. J., McCormack, S. J., Norton, B., Planar antenna with integrated solar cells for autonomous communication systems, 22nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Milan, Italy, Sept , edited by PVSEC , 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Norton, B., McCormack, S. J., Roo Ons, M.J., Nair, S., Ammann, M. J., Diverse Industrial Applications of Solar Energy: From Antennae and Pumps to Cooking and Detoxification, 4th European Congress On Economics And Management Of Energy In Industry, Porto, Portugal, Nov (27-30), 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Kennedy, M., Rowan, B. C., McCormack, S. J., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., Ray-trace modelling of Quantum Dot Solar Concentrators and comparison with fabricated devices, 3rd Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference, Durham, England, UK, March, edited by PVSAT , 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Solar Energy, 81, 6, (2007), 813 - 821p, Arturo Morales-Acevedo, [eds.] Journal, 2007 DOI URL URL

Solar Energy, 81, 4, (2007), 540 - 547p, Arturo Morales-Acevedo, [eds.] Journal, 2007 DOI URL

Kennedy, M., McCormack, S. J., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., 2007, ay-trace modelling of reflectors for Quantum Dot Solar Concentrators, SPIE Optics and Photonics and Solar Energy Conference, San Diego, California, USA, August, edited by SPIE , 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Roo Ons, M.J., Nair S., Ammann M.J., McCormack, S. J., Norton, B., Investigation on Proximity-Coupled Microstrip Integrated PV Antenna, 2nd European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Nov (11-16), 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Kennedy, M., Rowan, B. C., McCormack, S. J., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., Modelling the effect of device geometry on concentration ratios of quantum dot solar concentrators, ISES 2007 Solar World Congress, Beijing, China, August, edited by ISES , 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Kennedy, M., McCormack, S. J., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., Modelling of Re-absorption Losses in Quantum Dot Solar Concentrators, 3rd Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference, Durham, England, UK, March, edited by PVSAT , 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Rowan, B. C., Gallagher, S. J., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., Performance Evaluation of Small-Scale Quantum Dot Solar Concentrators with different Quantum Dot densities, 2nd International Renewable Energy in Maritime Climates Conference, Dublin, Ireland, April, edited by Gallagher, Hutchins & Eames , 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Rowan, B. C., Gallagher, S. J., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., Indoor and Outdoor testing of small-scale quantum dot solar concentrators of various geometries and QD concentrations, 21st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Dresden, Germany, Sept, edited by PVSEC , 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Gallagher, S. J., Hutchins, M. G., Eames, P. C.(ed.), 2nd International Conference on Renewable Energy in Maritime Island Climates, Dublin, Ireland, April, UK-ISES, 2006 Proceedings of a Conference, 2006

Gallagher, S. J., Rowan, B. C., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., Examination of optimum carrier materials and quantum dots for a Quantum Dot Solar Concentrator using spectroscopic techniques, SPIE Optics and Photonics Conference, San Diego, California, USA, July 2005, edited by SPIE , 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Huang, M.J., Eames, P.C., Norton, B., Gallagher S.J., Griffiths, P.W., The Prediction of the Energy Conservation Potential of Building Walls Augmented with Phase Change Materials, ISES 2005 Solar World Congress, Orlando, Florida, USA, August , edited by ISES , 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Gallagher, S. J., Rowan, B. C., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., Quantum Dot Solar Concentrator device characterisation using spectroscopic techniques, ISES 2005 Solar World Congress, Orlando, Florida, USA, August, edited by ISES , 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Gallagher, S. J., Rowan, B. C., Doran, J. D., Norton, B., Spectroscopic characterisation of a Quantum Dot Solar Concentrator, SPIE OptoIreland Conference, Dublin, Ireland, April, edited by SPIE , 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Gallagher, S. J., Eames, P. C., Norton, B. , Determination of electrical conversion efficiencies and concentrating factors of fabricated Quantum Dot Solar Concentrators using a continuous solar simulator, ISES 2005 Solar World Congress, Orlando, Florida, USA, August , edited by ISES , 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Gallagher, S. J., Eames, P. C., Norton, B., Characterisation of Quantum Dot Solar Performance using a continuous solar simulator, 19th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Paris, June , edited by PVSEC , 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

International Journal of Ambient Energy, 25, 1, (2004), 47 - 56p, Editor, [eds.] Journal, 2004 DOI URL

Gallagher, S. J., Norton, B., Eames, P. C., Building Façade Integrated Quantum Dot Solar Electricity Production, International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction, Glasgow, June, edited by Editor , 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

Gallagher, S. J., Eames, P. C., Norton, B., Predicting the Behaviour of Quantum Dot Solar Concentrators using a Ray Trace Approach, Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology, Loughborough, 2nd -3rd April, edited by R. Gottschalg , 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

Gallagher, Eames, Norton, Quantum Dot Solar Concentrators, World Renewable Energy Congress, Cologne, 29th June - 4th July, edited by Ali Sayidh , 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

McCormack, 1st TU0802 COST Action meetings, July (9-10), 2009, Dublin, Ireland Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2009

Gallagher, Hutchins, Eames, Norton, B., 2nd International Renewable Energy in Maritime Climates Conference, April (26-28), 2006, Dublin, Ireland, Gallagher, Hutchins & Eames Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2006

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • IDEAS Novel building Integration Designs for increased Efficiencies in Advanced climatically tunable renewable energy Systems
  • Summary
    • Buildings play a significant role in the global energy balance. Typically, they account for 20-30% of the total primary energy requirement of industrialized countries, 40% in EU1 . Global buildings sector energy intensity (final energy per m2 ) fell by 1.3% per year between 2010 and 2014, thanks to continued adoption and enforcement of building energy codes and efficiency standards. Yet progress has not been fast enough to offset growth in floor area (3% per year globally) and increasing demand for energy services in buildings2 . Applying the proposed integrated RES to buildings is an important application for wider integration and deployment of renewable energy and to achieving our binding EU targets of at least a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030, compared to 1990 and at least 27% of renewable energy in EU3 . The IDEAS project will create an innovative building integrated renewable energy system (RES) which will cost effectively exceed current RES efficiencies, generating electricity, heat and cooling, and being optimised for multifamily, public and commercial buildings in different climatic conditions. The IDEAS system will provide 100% renewable energy to the multifamily, commercial or public building with an estimated 12 year payback where the unit price per kWh for the compared systems shows that the IDEAS system can reduce CO2 emission by 100% with the surplus kWh used in IDEAS system operation.
  • Funding Agency
    • H2020
  • Date From
    • 01/05/2019
  • Date To
    • 30/04/2022
  • Title
    • PEDAL - Luminescent Solar Devices
  • Summary
    • Applying photovoltaic (PV) panels to buildings is an important application for wider PV deployment and to achieving our 20% Renewable Energy EU targets by 2020. PEDAL will develop a disruptive PV technology where record increases in efficiency are achieved and costs dramatically reduced; (1) Diffuse solar radiation will be captured to produce higher efficiencies with concentration ratios over 3 in plasmonically enhanced luminescent solar concentrators (PLSC). Current LSC efficiency achieved is 7.1%, [1]. This proposal will boost efficiency utilising metal nanoparticles (MNP) tuned to luminescent material type in LSCs, to induce plasmonic enhancement of emission (PI and team have achieved 53% emission enhancement). MNP will be aligned to enable directional emission within the LSC (being patented by PI and team). These are both huge steps in the reduction of loss mechanisms within the device and towards major increases in efficiency. (2) Plasmonically enhanced luminescent downshifting thin-films (PLDS) will be tailored to increase efficiency of solar cells independent of material composition. MNP will be used, where the plasmonic resonance will be tailored to the luminescent species to downshift UV. MNP will be aligned to enable directional emission within the PLDS layer, reducing losses enabling dramatic increases in a layer adaptable to all solar cells. (3) These novel systems will be designed, up-scaled and a building integrated component fabricated, with the ability not only to generate power but with options for demand side management. Previous work has been limited by quantum efficiency of luminescent species, with this breakthrough in both the use of MNP for plasmonic emission enhancement and alignment inducing directionality of emission, will lead to efficiencies of both PLSC and PLDS being radically improved. PEDAL is a project based on new phenomena that will allow far reaching technological impacts in solar energy conversion and lighting.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Research Council (ERC)
  • Date From
    • 01/04/2015
  • Date To
    • 31/03/2020
  • Title
    • INPATH -TES
  • Summary
    • INPATH-TES - an EC funded project (HORIZON 2020 European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020) where the goal is to create a network of universities and research institutes to implement a joint PhD programme on Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technologies. The final result of such a network is to educate professionals on these technologies for the European research and industry institutions. The partners in the proposal will be the core of a future larger network of excellent R&D institutions, and industries for co-funding and industrial placement, sharing infrastructure capacities, and enhancing mobility of students. There are 22 partners in total from industry and academia
  • Funding Agency
    • H2020
  • Date From
    • 01/05/2015
  • Date To
    • 30/04/2018
  • Title
    • COST Action TU0802
  • Funding Agency
    • COST
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • 2012
  • Title
    • EPHOCELL
  • Funding Agency
    • FP7
  • Date From
    • Feb 2009
  • Date To
    • Feb 2013

Keywords

Electricity Storage; Energy Conversion Processes or Cycles; Environmental Impacts, Interactions; Integration of Renewable Energy Systems; Nanotechnology; Optics; Photovoltaic systems, cells and modules manufacturing; Polymers; Renewable energies

Recognition

Representations

Chair of COST Action TU0802: Next generation cost effective phase change materials for increased energy efficiency in renewable energy systems in buildings (NeCoE-PCM) http://w3.cost.esf.org/index.php?id=240&action_number=TU0802 2009 - 2012

Irish representative on the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform Mirror Group 2007 -

Memberships

Secretary of the Solar Energy Society of Ireland 2006

Member of the International Solar Energy Society 2000

Member of the Environmental Science Association of Ireland 2007 – Present