Welcome

MSc in Energy Science Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with the Energy Institute, KEO Sustainability + Environment, the Faculty of STEM, and the AMBER Research Centre are delighted to invite you to our 3rd Annual Energy Science 2024 seminar.

This event will feature a number of speakers from both agencies and industry to discuss their company and our energy space in Ireland and internationally.

The focus of the seminar is to promote Energy Science and sustainability, exchange information and to provide the Energy Science class students the opportunity to

  1. learn about Energy Science from the perspective of different companies
  2. develop international contact networks in energy storage
  3. discuss with our hosts related issues and concerns across Energy Science.

We have an exciting range of speakers including ESB Networks, KEO International Consultants, SSE Airtricity PLC, Orsted, EPA, SEAI, Electroroute, Eirgrid, NEG8 Carbon and Eaton Dublin, to discuss their mission and our energy landscape in Ireland and internationally.

The topics covered in the seminar will range from

  • Large-scale solar PV
  • Carbon capture technologies
  • Molecules in net zero energy system
  • Energy trading, markets overview and trends
  • The potential of seaweed carbon capture
  • Electric interconnector grid projects
  • Energy policy, data & targets
  • Environmental challenges in Ireland & statistics
  • Wind projects
  • Biofuel generation from anaerobic digestion

On the day we will showcase 21 Energy Science research projects and we will present the KEO Energy Sustainability Research award.

Here you will find link to the registration and the seminar information poster. Most grateful if you can complete the registration form to confirm your attendance and to assist in our arrangements for the day. The deadline for the registration is Frida July 19th 17:00pm Dublin local time

I hope you can join us on the day,

Nigel, David, Max & ES Seminar Team

Dr. Nigel Carroll (PhD, MSc)  

Bio & Energy Sciences

School of Physics  

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland.  

Dr. Emily Byrne

Energy analyst at Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

Emily is part of a team that analyses data from the National Energy Balance as well as monthly energy data. She contributes to the stats team’s publication portfolio (Energy in Ireland, First Look short notes, data visualisation etc.) and reports to the European ODYSSEE project. She has past experience in both academic and commercially focused energy research and related areas within the Chemistry field.

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Speakers

Dr. Cathal O’Cleirigh

Senior Energy Analyst at Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

As well as helping build-out Ireland’s national energy balance, Cathal is a national expert in the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive that drive many of Ireland’s energy and emission targets out to 2030. He’s really well placed to give a ‘big picture’ overview of where Ireland is, and where Ireland needs to go, to satisfy its binding energy targets.

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Dr. Sinead Winters

Wholesale Energy Market Analyst at SSE Airtricity PLC

Sinéad is responsible for modelling the Irish power market to provide price forecasts for the Irish business units within SSE, including Airtricity and Renewables. It is also my job to provide market analysis to identify and mitigate market risks and potential opportunities. 

Her career began with a PhD in Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin. After this, she moved to the UK to work for Johnson Matthey, a multinational company specialising in sustainable technologies.

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Dr. Scott McKechnie

Solar PV Technical Manager at Ørsted

Main responsibilities include the design and energy production of utility-scale solar farms in the UK and Ireland. Ørsted has around 2 GW in development across these geographies. Scott previously worked with the Irish developer Harmony Solar who have a partnership with the ESB to build over 1 GW of large-scale projects.

Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, renewable hydrogen and green fuels facilities, and bioenergy plants.

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Dr. Darragh O'Neill

Senior Manager for Research Strategy at the Environmental Protection Agency

Darragh leads the development and implementation of the EPA’s research strategy, the management of funding programmes as well as national and international partnerships.

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Ahmed Labeeb Sharafeldin MSc, CEng

Senior Sustainability Energy Manager at KEO International Consultants

Ahmed Labeeb, provides leading energy and carbon-related services to various sectors within the MENA region. For more than eleven years, he has been exposed to the energy reduction and carbon management of projects in the Healthcare, Hospitality, Residential, Commercial, and other Special Applications sectors. Based on his experience in delivering decarbonization projects, Ahmed Labeeb has a comprehensive view and knowledge of the challenges and conditions present and associated with carbon management strategies.

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Eoin Murphy MSc, BA

Renewables Manager at ElectroRoute

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Seyed Mahdi Akbarimoosavi MEng

Mechanical & CFD Engineer at NEG8 Carbon

Mahdi has held roles in the oil industry, projects include analysing solar collectors at Shiraz solar power plant, researching thermocavitation cooling at UCR. With over 12 years of experience spanning academia and industry, Mahdi has excelled as a researcher, teacher, mechanical design engineer, and computational fluid dynamics engineer. 

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Keelan Glennane MSc, BEng

Innovation Specialist on the Future Opportunities at ESB Generation & Trading

Keelan’s current role involves promoting innovation culture both within the organisation and externally, and given her background, she dedicates a lot of her time towards projects related to hydrogen and its derivatives to decarbonise the energy sector.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering from UCD and a Masters in Finance from Trinity College. Throughout her studies, Keelan focused on the energy industry, conducting research on hydrogen production optimisation and developing a total cost of ownership model for green hydrogen production, distribution, and transportation.

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Shane Duane MSc

Senior Lead Analyst – Interconnection at EirGrid

Shane leads the market readiness on cross-border capacity calculation for the 700 MW high-voltage direct current (HVDC) Celtic interconnector which will link France and the Single Electricity Market (SEM) of Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2026.

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Dr. Scott McDonald

Lead Data Scientist Eaton’s Centre for Intelligent Power

Scott is part of the Buildings as a Grid team, he works on forecasting and optimisation problems related to commercial buildings and microgrids.

He graduated from Ulster University in 2016 with a PhD in Machine Learning. His PhD work focused on applying computational intelligence approaches to financial time series problems.