Sustainable Energy End Use

Sustainable Energy End Use


Energy management is an important international challenge. As targets are set for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the criticality of demand side management is now emerging and it is argued that over half of the greenhouse gas reductions needed, should come from energy efficiency measures. This research theme has two priority research areas: “Sustainable Systems Operation and Energy Demand Management” and “IT supported Energy Efficiency in Industry and Buildings”. PIs from the Western Gateway Building and School of Engineering contribute to this thematic area.



Professor Karsten Menzel (Lead PI), Dr Dominic O’Sullivan (Lead PI).



Research expertise is in the area of energy efficiency and demand side management in industry and buildings and in the use of IT to support these tasks. The research incorporates building energy performance simulation, advanced HVAC systems and the development of a software platform for intelligent monitoring, advanced control, and holistic diagnosis of building services systems. Professor Karsten Menzel’s group has led the SFI Strategic Research Cluster “Information Technologies for Optimised Building Operation”; a joint University-Industry collaboration between UCC, Tyndall, CIT, NUI Galway, and 5 multi-national companies. The group has participated in 3 EU-FP7 projects and has established a network of 25 European research partners from industry, research institutes and academia. Collaborations with industry include Intel, De Puy, Xerox, Analog and Hewlett Packard and through the IERC (International Energy Research Centre) which includes Bell Labs and UTRC (United Technology Research Centre).

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork