Paul Leahy


Paul Leahy

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Stokes Lecturer in Wind Energy


BE Degree from UCC in Electrical Engineering (1995); PhD in Plasma Diagnostics for Fusion Energy, undertaken at UCC and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (1996-2001).




Paul Leahy is Stokes Lecturer in Wind Energy at UCC. He leads a multidisciplinary team of five Master’s and PhD students. The team’s research addresses critical issues for the integration of variable renewable energy sources into the power systems of the future.
He has acted as a peer-reviewer for highly-regarded international journals including Journal of Hydrology, Wind Energy and IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, as well as national expert reviewer for the IPCC report on “Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation” (2010) . He has acted as external PhD examiner in Ireland and at the University of Auckland and Loughborough University. Paul has also delivered invited talks at the EPA national climate change conference (Dublin, 2010) and the SETIS workshop on Transforming existing reservoirs to pumped hydropower reservoirs, Joint Research Centre Petten, Netherlands (2012). He served as Programme Committee member for the 10th, 11th and 12th International Conferences on Environment and Electrical Engineering, and was a member of the organising committee for the Irish Transport Research Network Conference on “Energy and Transport” in 2011.

Research Interests

Interests include: renewable energy particularly wind energy, energy storage, hydrological impacts of extreme weather events, and greenhouse gas emissions monitoring. Paul is an Investigator in the Science Foundation Ireland funded Research Centre “Marine Renewable Energy Ireland”.  Current PhD projects include modelling ofextreme wave-structure interactions; improved wind turbine availability reporting; power take-off for wave energy systems; distributed renewable energy systems for increasing rural electrification in Nigeria.


Refer to Dr. Leahy's IRIS profile for an up-to-date list.

Professional Activity

Member of the Institute of the Electronic and Electrical Engineers, 2009

Teaching Activity

Paul co-ordinates Civil Engineering Systems, a final-year module in the BE Civil & Environmental Engineering degree. Students learn about optimisation techniques and financial analysis methods, applying them to test cases in Civil Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems.
He also contributes to the CE4002 Final Year Project module, and co-ordinates the Wind Energy, Marine Renewable Energy and Final Year Project modules in UCC’s Energy Engineering programmes. He has a particular interest in using e-learning technologies, and is Programme Director of the M.Eng.Sc. in Marine Renewable Energy.

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