Dr. Paul Leahy


Dr. Paul Leahy

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SFI Stokes Lecturer in Wind Energy Engineering




Full details available at UCC Research Profile page.

Paul Leahy is Science Foundation Ireland lecturer in Wind Energy Engineering at UCC. After graduating in Electrical Engineering from UCC, he undertook his Ph.D. research at the Culham centre for fusion energy in the UK. He subsequently worked in the telecommunications industry before returning to UCC to pursue postdoctoral research in micrometeorology and climate change in the Hydromet group.  

His current research interests include new techniques for characterising the spatial and long-term temporal variability of the wind resource; operations of energy storage facilities in supporting renewable electricity generation; autoproduction of wind energy by industrial energy users. He has recently been awarded grants to study pumped hydro participation in energy markets and control and optimisation of on-site wind generation in autoproducer sites.


  • BE (Electrical Engineering), UCC, 1995
  • EURATOM Marie Curie Ph.D. Fellow (Electrical Engineering/Plasma Physics), UCC/UKAEA-Euratom Fusion Association, 2001
  • Telecommunications Engineer, Logica & Adobe Systems, 2000-2003
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Hydromet research group, UCC, 2004-2008

Research Interests

  • Optimisation of energy capture and utilisation by wind energy autoproducers.
  • Impacts of climate change and resource variability on renewable energy generation.
  • Wind forecasting using artificial intelligence techniques.
  • Weather extremes and their impacts.
  • Land-atmosphere greenhouse gas fluxes.

Research Opportunities

The SERG Wind Energy Group is expanding and to discuss industry collaboration, M.Eng.Sc. or Ph.D research opportunities contact Dr Leahy directly. Funding for studentships may be available from the Irish Research Council and other sources.

Current Research Projects

  • Intelligent Energy from Autoproduction. Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership with Wind Energy Direct Ltd., 2010-2012.
  • Wind variability and the feasibility of large scale energy storage in Ireland. Edward McGarrigle, IRCSET MEngSc/PhD Fellow, 2010-2011/13.
  • Participant in ERI@MERC,Maritime & Energy Cluster. Irish Higher Education Authority funded strategic research infrastructure project.
  • Transforming no-hydropower dams and reservoir hydropower schemes into pumping hydropower schemes in Europe (co-PI with Eamon McKeogh). European Commission Joint Research Centre - Institute for Energy, Research Service contract, 2010-2011.


Please see the dedicated page on UCC's research portal for the latest publications.


  • CE6003 Wind Energy Engineering
  • NE4002 Wind Energy Engineering
  • CE4005 Engineering Systems (with Dr. Y. S. Fan)
  • NE4020 BE Energy Final Year Research Project

Public lectures

  • University College Cork Annual Public Lecture Series, "Keeping the Lights On: Delivering a Reliable Electricity Supply with Renewables". February 2013. Lecture available online.
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