Dr. Paul Leahy


Paul Leahy is Stokes Lecturer in Wind Energy at UCC and Funded Investigator at the MAREI Research Centre. He leads a multidisciplinary team of five Master’s and PhD students and one postdoc. The team’s research addresses critical climate change impacts and adaptation challenges including: integration of renewable energy sources into the power systems of the future; climate change impacts on extreme events and anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.

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) and the Special Report on 1.5 Degrees Warming (2018). He has acted as external PhD examiner in Ireland and at the University of Auckland and Loughborough University. Paul has also served as Programme Committee member for the 10th, 11th and 12th International Conferences on Environment and Electrical Engineering. He is Associate Editor (Wind Energy) of Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews.

Paul is Principal Investigator of the SFI-funded Re-Wind project on repurposing end-of-life wind turbine blades (with Queens University Belfast, Georgia Tech and City University of New York) and the EPA-funded ClimAtt project on tools for extreme weather attribution.

Research Interests

Interests include: renewable energy particularly wind energy, wind turbine blade reuse, energy storage, hydrological impacts of extreme weather events, and greenhouse gas emissions monitoring.


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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 and Final Year Project modules in UCC’s Energy Engineering programmes.



Paul Leahy

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Lecturer in Wind Energy Engineering


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).



Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

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University College Cork, Cork