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Nova UCD awards wins for two UCD Energy Instiute…

Energy Institute academics win two 2022 Nova UCD awards

31 March 2022

Dr Sarah Cotterill and Professor Andrew Keane win the 2022 NovaUCD Innovation awards

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Cotterill and Professor Andrew Keane who won NovaUCD’s 2022 Consultancy of the Year Award and  Licence of the Year Award respectively.

Dr. Sarah Cotterill’s Innovation Award recognized a key finding in her consultancy study ‘A Framework for Improving Domestic Water Conservation in Ireland’. Dr. Cotterill’s finding that a relatively small reduction in household water use in all homes in Ireland, could lead to a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a year.  Dr. Cotterill is an Assistant Professor at the UCD School of Civil Engineering and UCD Dooge Centre for Water Resources Research and is a Funded Investigator in the NexSys Strategic Partnership Programme.

Professor Andrew Keane received the 2022 NovaUCD Innovation Award for his and his team’s achievements in developing the patented grid edge intelligence software technology, which automates and removes inefficiencies in renewable generators and electrical grid operations. Professor Keane is the Director of the NexSys Strategic Partnership Programme and UCD Energy Institute

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NexSys (Next Generation Energy Systems): An all-island, multidisciplinary energy research programme defining pathways to a Net-Zero energy system.

UCD Energy Institute: Facilitates collaboration between academia and industry for a Net Zero Carbon Future. 

NovaUCD: The hub of innovation-related activities at University College Dublin. 

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UCD Sustainable Energy Community

SEAI Sustainable Energy Community (SEC)

The Energy Institute is in the early stages of forming a sustainable energy community (SEC) across the UCD campus.  UCD is the largest third level campus community in Ireland with approximately 3,000 staff and 33,724 students. With support from the Energy Unit in UCD Estates, we are in the process of forming a steering committee made up of representatives from 8 schools and institutes.

The main aims of the SEC are;

  • Developing skills and capacity, at a community level, in electing how to use less energy,
  • Adopting lower carbon options for transport and heating,
  • Shifting energy use to off-peak times
  • Investing in smart technologies and renewable energies
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of the community
  • Increase energy awareness via community engagement programs
  • Maximising the opportunities for successful collaborations in energy community initiatives

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Sustainability Launch Pad

Inspiring wind energy and wilderness projects win 2018 Sustainability and Energy LaunchPad Awards.

The Final of the 2018 Sustainability and Energy Launch Pad took place at the UCD Confucius Centre on November 28th.  Viridians, mediating wind energy developments in rural Irish communities, and Planet 0, a high-impact app that brings home the climate change impact of deforestation were named joint first-place winners of the Sustainability and Energy LaunchPad Award 2018, announced this week at UCD.

Now in its fifth year, the Sustainability and Energy LaunchPad is led by UpThink Innovation Agency in partnership with the UCD Energy Institute and UCD School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. The program is open to fourth-year and Master’s engineering students who work alongside the industry partners which this year included Mainstream Renewables, IWEA, GridBeyond and Evocco through Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.  Supernodes, a team proposed by Mainstream Renewables Chairman Dr. Eddie O’Connor also took part in the launchpad led by Rob O’Connor.  Eddie delivered a keynote address during the awards, commending the participants for their commitment to becoming agents of change.

“You have to think your way out in the future in business, because it’s really competitive,” said Eddie O’Connor. “The only way you can do this is by having the very best students and postgrads working with you, motivating them, keeping them interested and giving them a sense of purpose.”

Dr. Andrew Keane, Head of Energy Institute said, “The depth of talent coming through from our Engineering teams is impressive, as is their commitment to taking on the big challenges that face society.  The collaboration between our UCD teams and industry partners makes this a unique programme.”

Full Details on the Event can be viewed here at the School of Engineering and Architecture Website.