ICT and Energy: Ireland-Taiwan Workshop
24th August 2010
UCD will host the Ireland-Taiwan workshop on ICT and Energy on the 30th and 31st of August 2010. Speakers will include Dermot Byrne (CEO, Eirgrid), Falin Chen (Director, National Taiwan University Energy Research Centre), Chen-Ching Liu (UCD), Tony Lewis and Dara O'Sullivan (HMRC, UCC) and Aoife Foley and Paul Leahy (SERG, UCC). Topics to be addressed at the workshop include the role of ICT in smart grids, solar, wind energy and storage. The workshop is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, the National Science Council of Taiwan and the Taipei Representative Office in Ireland.
Report on Renewable Gas launched
13th August 2010
A report on ‘The Future of Renewable Gas in Ireland’ was launched by Bord Gáis on August 12th 2010. Produced in association with UCC, the report outlines how grass and waste can be converted into natural gas that can then be used locally or piped into the national grid for distribution around Ireland. The report estimates that 7.5% of Ireland’s natural gas demand could be met by renewable gas, the equivalent of heating 300,000 homes each year. John Mullins, Bord Gáis Chief Executive, said: “Capturing this renewable gas resource would be a considerable step in addressing Ireland’s challenging renewable energy and waste management objectives. It would also help reduce our dependence on energy imports, provide jobs in the construction and operation of biomethane plants, and create new business opportunities among the farming community in rural Ireland”. Dr Jerry Murphy, Principal Investigator in Bioenergy and Biofuels & Director of SERG at the Environmental Research Institute, UCC, explained: “Biogas is produced when feedstocks, such as organic wastes, and energy crops, such as grass silage, are converted to biogas using anaerobic digestion technology. The ‘raw’ biogas can then be cleaned and upgraded to biomethane – renewable gas – and injected into national gas grid. Distribution of this renewable gas is optimised due to the existing, modern, extensive natural gas grid. A biomethane industry could make a significant contribution to the ‘green tech’ sector in line with Ireland’s strategy to create sustainable knowledge-driven industries”.
PRTLI Cycle 5 success with the Marine Energy Research Cluster
16th July 2010
Ireland’s ambition to lead the world in harvesting energy from the oceans got a major boost from today’s announcement. The National Maritime Energy Cluster (MERC) at Ringaskiddy received almost €7 million with significant additional funding from the private sector and the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources. The National Ocean Energy Test Centre is central to MERC and a cornerstone of Minister Eamon Ryan’s National Ocean Energy Strategy. Through this investment, MERC will bring together on one site the people, the ideas, and the infrastructure to support the development of Ireland’s rapidly growing ocean energy industry. Dr Eamon McKeogh (Director SERG & Co-PI for MERC) with Dr Paul Leahy (SERG Co-PI & SFI Stokes Lecturer in Wind Energy Engineering) and Aoife Foley (EPA CCRP Fellow) will investigate Offshore Wind and Renewable Electricity Systems Integration as part of the MERC project workpackages.
Research points to filling the gaps between Ireland's wave energy ambition and actual efforts
27th May 2010
Recently published research carried out in UCC points to a strategy to build an effective wave energy policy for Ireland. The Irish Government has set a goal to make Ireland a world leader for research, development and deployment of ocean energy technologies and a target to achieve at least 500 MW installed generating capacity from ocean energy by 2020. This paper investigates what is required to move from ambition to delivery. A successful wave energy strategy will require focused policies that will stimulate innovation to develop the technologies, manufacturing to produce the devices and deployment to build the required wave power plants. The paper draws on the successful policies in Ireland that have stimulated each of these dimensions, albeit for different sectors, i.e. successful policies in innovation (ICT and biotech) , manufacturing (food and pharmaceuticals) and deployment (wind energy). It also draws on the successful policies adopted in Denmark for innovation, manufacturing and deployment of wind energy. The paper proposes establishing a wave energy strategy group to develop an action plan to deliver the 500 MW. It also proposes a novel extension of corporate tax specifically for wave energy companies, an initial 30% capital grant scheme for wave energy developers, a grid code for wave energy devices and fast tracking of planning decisions through an amended approach to strategic infrastructure. More information here.
Renewable electricity on target for 2010 but not renewable transport or heat
27th May 2010
Renewable Energy in Ireland (2010 Report) – a report issued by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) shows that Ireland is on track to meet the national target for 2010 that 15% of our electricity comes from renewable sources. The report shows that in 2009 we reached 14.4%. However, despite significant growth in the last few years, only 1.5% of our transport energy in 2009 came from renewable energy and Ireland's target is to achieve 3% by 2010. The growth achieved in both of these modes is policy driven. By contrast, renewable thermal energy has grown very slowly, due to the absence of a strong policy driver. Ireland produced 3.9% of thermal energy from renewable sources in 2009 and is very unlikely to meet the 5% thermal renewable energy 2010 target. More information here.
Seminar announcement: Cyber security of power grids
Prof. Chen-Ching Liu will present a seminar on "Cyber Security of Power Grids" in Lecture Room 1, ground floor Electrical Engineering building on Friday April 16th at 10.00.
Prof. Liu is Professor of Power Systems at University College Dublin, having previously held positions at Iowa State University and the University of Washington. His research interests include power markets, transmission economics, power system control, and intelligent system applications to power problems. He is principal investigator of the SFI-funded project "Vulnerability assessment and mitigation of information and communication systems for critical infrastructures".
Conference: Grass as a source of renewable gaseous fuel
Biogas conference being hosted by The Environmental Research Institute (ERI), UCC on Thursday, April 15th 2010. The event is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Energy Prices reducing but still above EU average levels
28th January 2010
Understanding Electricity and Gas Prices in Ireland – a report issued by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) shows a significant fall in both gas and electricity prices to Irish businesses while many EU States experienced rises. The report which covers energy pricing trends for the first half of 2009, shows that while energy prices to Irish businesses remain above the European average, the gap in pricing is closing. More information here.
Fusion Expo visits Cork
17th November 2009
The European Fusion Development Association's travelling roadshow on fusion energy visits Cork this week. The expo promotes fusion as an environmentally acceptable, safe and sustainable energy technology. The exhibition, located in the Elysian building on Eglinton Street, is to open school groups by appointment and to the general public on Saturday 21st November. Researchers from UCC's Departments of Physics and Electrical Engineering and SERG will be in attendance to guide visitors around the exhibition. More information here.
New Transport Report published by Sustainable Energy Ireland
16th November 2009
Sustainable Energy Ireland published a new report on energy trend in transport providing a comprehensive analysis by fuel and by mode. The report, which also examines the impact of the change in car taxation and the economic recession on energy trends, is available here
Biomethane research from SERG informs EU policymakers
2nd November 2009
Research on grass-derived biomethane from SERG has been featured in Science for Environment Policy, a newsletter published by the EU's Environment Directorate General and circulated to 11,000 policymakers across Europe. The newsletter is available here.
New wind generation record on Irish electricity network
24th October 2009
Total electricity generation from wind on the Republic of Ireland's network reached 1064 MW on the afternoon of Saturday 24th October. The high output over a period of several hours was sufficient to satisfy around a third of the country's electricity demand. For more information see Eirgrid's system records page.
SERG's new website goes live
9th October 2009
SERG's new website has gone live on the 9th October 2009. The site has improved content and detailed descriptions of all ongoing research projects. Please bear with us while we migrate to our new site, as not all content will be available during the transition.