Name: Paul Deane
Position: PhD Student
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Paul Deane is a Civil and Environmental Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Science specialising in wind power meteorology and wind resource assessment techniques. He has been working in the wind industry for approximately 8 years with a number of companies in both Ireland and Canada.
Over the course of his commercial career he has been involved in numerous wind farm design and development projects in Ireland and in Canada. For his previous employment in Canada (2003 to 2007) he worked as a project and technical management for Hélimax Energy, Canada’s largest independent wind consultant based in Montréal. As project manager he oversaw the day-to-day execution of a variety of projects such as site prospecting, environmental assessment and impact statements, wind resource assessments, meteorological and energy yield assessments and technical due diligence of projects. Primary tasks were to liaise and communicate with clients and coordinate with technical departments (meteorology, engineering, GIS and environmental) to ensure the highest quality and timely completion of deliverables. In 2005 Mr Deane was Project and Technical manager for the largest wind mapping project in Canada, the Ontario Wind Resource Atlas and web site (www.ontariowindatlas.ca). In 2006 Mr Deane was Project and Technical manager for Hélimax Energy in the analysis of future wind farm development in Ontario for the Ontario Power Authority's-Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP). This work involved the technical and environmental screening of a large number of sites anticipated for wind farm development in Ontario This plan set the direction for Ontario’s electricity system through to the year 2027. Mr Deane was requested to attend the Ontario Energy Board's hearings for the approval of the IPSP as an expert witness on wind energy. Prior to working in Canada, Mr Deane worked in Ireland as a freelance engineer for three years, offering such services as wind farm technical and software training, quality control of data, installation of wind data acquisition systems and energy yield assessments. Also during this period he worked with companies on the preparation of a number of Environmental Impact Statements.
Paul started an Eirgrid funded PhD in April 2009 researching the topic of Pumped Hydro Energy Storage.
Funding Period: March 2009- Feb 2012 (3 years)
Funding by: Eirgrid
Research Interests: Power Systems Modelling, Pumped Hydro Energy Storage, Stochastic Modelling.
Following on from recent Eirgrid Generation Adequacy Reports (GAR 2008 – 2014, GAR 2009 – 2015), the All Island Grid Study (AIGS) and Eirgrid’s GRID25 report, this PhD study by UCC’s Sustainability Energy Research Group wishes to analyse and address a number of key concerns highlighted by these reports. The rapid development of wind power generation, with its inherently variable nature, is forecast to increase significantly over the next number of years. Portfolio 5 within the AIGS examined the operational and socio-economic aspects of 42% penetration of wind energy. The AIGS concluded that high levels of renewable energy penetration into the Irish system is technically possible provided significant investment is made in network reinforcement and market mechanisms to facilitate the installation of complementary flexible-dispatchable plant are put in place. The existing pumped storage system at Turlough Hill and currently installed peaking plants are two such forms of complementary plant. Current modeling tools do not capture all the characteristics that pumped storage provide. This is usually because the models have perfect or near perfect foresight. The ability to incorporate the uncertainty that the dispatcher sees into a model would be improve the modelling of pumped storage.
Presentations and Publications:
“Deane J.P, Ó Gallachóir B. P, McKeogh E.J. Techno-Economic Review of Existing and New Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Plant.” - Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, December 2009
“Deane J.P, Ó Gallachóir B. P, McKeogh E.J. ‘International Pumped Hydro Review’-SEI Storage Event November 2009
AIT Driss, B. J.P. Deane and R. Legault. Good O&M Planning: Key to a Successful Wind Project. Presented at CanWEA 2006 Conference and Trade Show. Winnipeg, October 2006.
Dimitrijevic, M., É. Desrosiers and J.P. Deane. Factoring Wind Speed Variability into Long-term Energy Yield Predictions. Presented at CanWEA 2006 Conference and Trade Show. Winnipeg, October 2006.
D. A. Bechrakis , Deane, J.P. “Wind Resource Assessment of an Area Using Short-term Data Correlated to a Long-term Data Set.” Solar Energy Journal (May 2003).
McKeogh E. J., Gonzalez A. & Deane J.P. Computer Simulation of Planned 100% Renewable Generation on an Island off the West Coast of Ireland, Renewable Energy Sources for Islands, Tourism and Water Desalination. Crete, May 2003.
Deane, J.P., McKeogh E. JValidation of Wind Resource Assessment Technique. European Wind Energy Conference . Madrid, 2003.
Deane, J.P .,C. Moehrlen, E. J. McKeoghWind Data Analysis. European Wind Energy Conference . Copenhagen, 2001.
Awarded a Siemens IEI Young Irish Engineer of the Year Award in 2001