About Us

About Us

UCD Energy Institute plays an integral part in the energy transition, endorsing a net zero carbon energy system, promoting modernised integrated energy systems while empowering the citizen through education, innovation and digitalisation.

We drive the evolution of research into practice into action and strive to:

  • Close the research to industrial deployment gap
  • Influence energy policy implementation at Irish and EU level
  • Grow and strengthen our positive international profile
  • Impact constructively on economic growth
  • Develop a talent pipeline and graduate training for the Irish energy sector

The Institute is hub of energy education, research, demonstration and outreach at University College Dublin. Interdisciplinary cooperation, collaboration and creation bring together all our members whose area of expertise align to our thematic strands of Energy Systems; Energy Management and Energy in Society. Our members come from a range of disciplines: power system engineering, energy economics, energy in the built environment, energy management and end use, consumer behaviour, energy markets and policy, energy finance, renewable energy technologies and the energy-water nexus among others.

The breadth of activity is captured by 3 core initiatives: Fundamental Research Programme, Energy Systems Modelling & Demonstration.

Since our creation in 2013, our on-going rigorous and independent research on issues of academic and industry significance delivers new knowledge and new approaches, and places us at the centre of the energy debate, contributing to a more coherent understanding of national and international energy issues.

Our Research

The Energy Systems Integration Partnership Programme (ESIPP) is the flagship programme of the UCD Energy Institute with €11m in funding, half from Science Foundation Ireland and half from industry. ESIPP brings together a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research team in Ireland with expertise in electricity, gas, water and data, with the relevant industry partners to focus on building human capacity and to develop a national coherent research activity in ESI.

ESIPP brings together 5 different research institutes (UCD, TCD, NUIG, ESRI and DCU), along with Industry partners and collaborators, to build the capability needed to deliver an integrated energy system in Ireland. The collaboration is underpinned by a supportive policy system with active participation by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU).

Energy Institute Lead Researchers:  Andrew Keane, Eoin Casey, Frank McDermott, Terence O’Donnell, Julie Byrne, Paula Carroll, Donal Finn, Damian Flynn, Paul Cuffe, Federico Milano, Eleni Mangina, James O’Donnell, Lisa Ryan, Conor Sweeney, Geertje Schuitema and Eoin Syron.

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Industry Partners

UCD Energy Institute Industry Affiliates Programme (IAP) brings together industry and academia to maximise opportunities to learn from ground-breaking research, to recruit top talent and to form strategic alliances.

The IAP is a gateway for launching and conducting frequent, open communication between our members and industry. As an IAP member, you will have the following benefits, among others:

• Increase the awareness of academia to industry challenges
• Information on the latest state-of-the-art in the sector
• Exposure to wider UCD Research and Innovation ecosystem and expertise
• Invitations to meetings/workshops/symposia that can be an important source of CPD for employees
• Link to a world-wide collaborative network of leading-edge research teams and institutes
• Researchers and student recruitment opportubities
• Association with an internationally recognised research institute

To become a member of UCD Energy Institute IAP, there is an annual membership fee subscription. Please contact us for further information. Current members of our IAP include:

Academic Collaborators

International Membership

Advisory Board

David O’Reilly

Chairperson & Adjunct Professor

Jerry O’Sullivan

Deputy CEO ESB

 Mark Foley

CEO Eirgrid

Michael Walsh

Managing Director Smartwires

Mark McGranaghan

Vice President EPRI

Mike Quinn

CEO Ervia

John Fitzgerald

Adjunct Professor ESRI & UCD

 Marie Donnelly

Energy Institute Board Member

John Shine

Energy Institute Board Member

Paul Travers

Head of Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure at AIB

Stephen Wheeler

Managing Director, SSE Ireland

Triona McCormack

Director of Research, UCD

Don Bredin

Professor of Finance