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Dr. Richard O'Shea


Dr Richard O’Shea is a Lecturer in Sustainability in Enterprise with the School of Engineering in University College Cork (UCC). Richard worked as a Senior Postdoctoral Research, and a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Bioenergy and Biofuels research Group in MaREI with an industrial partner company. His prime area of work was assessing methods to decarbonise a large facility in the food and beverage sector in Ireland. Richard also worked as a design engineer with RPS primarily in the area of HVAC. He obtained his PhD degree in Energy Engineering from UCC in 2018. His research has focused on biomethane production via anaerobic digestion, resource assessments, technoeconomic analysis, optimisation, GIS, and multi criteria decision analysis. This has led to over 30 peer-reviewed journal publications in journals including Applied Energy, Bioresource Technology, and Renewable Energy.

Research Interests

  • Renewable gaseous fuels.
  • Resource assessments.
  • Techno-economic analysis.
    Life cycle assessments.
  • Compromise programming.
  • Application of the analytical hierarchy process.
  • Multi criteria decision analysis.


Selected Publications

O’Shea R, Lin R, Wall DM, Browne JD, Murphy JD. Distillery Decarbonisation and Anaerobic Digestion: Balancing Benefits and Drawbacks Using a Compromise Programming Approach. Biofuel Research Journal.


O’Shea R, Lin R, Wall DM, Browne JD, Murphy JD. Using biogas to reduce natural gas consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at a large distillery. Appl Energy 2020;279:115812. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.115812.


O’Shea R, Wall DM, McDonagh S, Murphy JD. The potential of power to gas to provide green gas utilising existing CO 2 sources from industries, distilleries and wastewater treatment facilities. Renew Energy 2017;114:1090–100. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2017.07.097.

FWCI: 0.73 

O’Shea R, Wall DM, Murphy JD. An energy and greenhouse gas comparison of centralised biogas production with road haulage of pig slurry, and decentralised biogas production with biogas transportation in a low-pressure pipe network. Appl Energy 2017;208:108–22. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.10.045.

FWCI: 0.74


Bose A, O’Shea R, Lin R, Murphy JD. A perspective on novel cascading algal biomethane biorefinery systems. Bioresour Technol 2020;304:123027. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2020.123027.


Rusmanis D, O’Shea R, Wall DM, Murphy JD. Biological hydrogen methanation systems–an overview of design and efficiency. Bioengineered 2019;10:604–34. doi:10.1080/21655979.2019.1684607. 

Please see Dr Richard O’Shea’s Google Scholar profile for full details of publications.

Professional Activity

Dr Richard O’Shea is a researcher in the SFI-funded MaREI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, in Research Area 5 “Advanced Fuels and the Circular Economy”. He has secured over €900k research funding from 2018 to 2021. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal papers resulting in a h-index of 15 and over 600 citations.

Dr O’Shea serves as a Reviewer for various peer-reviewed journals such as Applied Energy, Renewable Energy, and Biofuels Bioproducts and Biorefining.



Richard O'Shea

Contact Details:


Lecturer in Sustainability in Enterprise


BE Civil Engineering 1989 MEngSc (Environmental Engineering) 1992 PhD Engineering 2003 Chartered Engineer & Member of Engineers Ireland (1993)

Research Area:

Advanced Fuels and the Circular Economy



Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

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University College Cork, Cork