Current Projects

TIDES -- Tidal Energy Demonstration Scheme. EU FP7 , 2013-2017. TIDES is led by DP Marine Energy, a Cork-based marine renewable energy development company. TIDES will lead to the deployment of a tidal energy demonstration array off Fair Head, Northern Ireland. The aim of UCC SERG's work on TIDES is to calculate the total lifetime CO2 emissions of the tidal energy development. This is crucial for benchmarking tidal energy against other low-carbon electricity sources such as offshore wind.

MaREI - Marine Renewable Energy Ireland PhD fellows funded by Science Foundation Ireland: Patrick O'Kelly Lynch (topic: Extreme Wave-Structure Interactions), Judy Rea (topic: Wave Energy Convertor Emulation). 

DAFOIL - Downtime Analysis for offshore facilities. Ian Evans, PIP-funded M.Eng.Sc. fellow.

A knowledge based approach to calculating availability from large sets of wind farm data. Irish Research Council funded PhD fellowship, 2013-2016. Frank O'Connor of Servusnet Informatics is IRC PhD Fellow on this project.

Wind variability and energy storage in Ireland. Edward McGarrigle. IRCSET funded MEngSc/PhD fellowship, 2010-2014.

stoRE: Facilitating Energy Storage to Allow High Penetration of Intermittent Renewable Energy. European Commission Intelligent Energy Europe programme, 2011-2014.


Previous Projects

Wind Energy Forecasting. Enterprise Ireland funded Innovation Partnership (with Servusnet Informatics), 2012-2013.

Atmospheric stability and coastal effects on near-shore and offshore wind energy. Kevin Coffey, HEA Graduate Education Programme in Engineering (GREP-Eng) funded postgraduate fellowship.

Intelligent Energy from Autoproduction. Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership with Wind Energy Direct Ltd., 2010-2012. 

Transforming no-hydropower dams and reservoir hydropower schemes into pumping hydropower schemes in Europe. European Commission Joint Research Centre - Institute for Energy, Research Service contract, 2010-2011. 

Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership with Wind Energy Direct Ltd., 2010-2012.


An autoproducer is an entity which produces its own electricity, primarily for its own use at the site of generation. Electricity autoproduction is an attractive option for manufacturers with large energy demands, as it allows greater control over energy costs. Any generation surplus to on-site demand can be exported to the grid. Combined heat and power systems are probably the most widely-installed autoproduction technology, however wind energy is increasingly being considered.

In an autoproduction site, the local source is effectively competing against the fluctuating wholesale single electricity market price. Therefore, the greatest return on investment in generation equipment for autoproducers is obtained when on-site usage of locally generated electricity is maximised. Wind energy presents some particular challenges as an autoproduction source, as it is variable in nature, which can lead to difficulty in matching loads to supply. Process control and optimisation can be used to address this problem. Energy storage, in the form of thermal energy or embodied energy in inventory, can also be used to increase local utilisation of the electricity produced. This project aims to enable industries to control their own energy costs by combining on-site wind generation with intelligent load management.

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