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NexSys: Defining pathways to a net zero energy system

NexSys (Next Generation Energy Systems) is an ambitious multidisciplinary energy research programme (2022-26). It is hosted by the UCD Energy Institute, in partnership with eight other leading research institutions:  DCU, ESRI, Maynooth University, NUI Galway, Queen's University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, UCC and Ulster University.

NexSys is an All-Island partnership with a team of 51 leading academics. It has received €16 million in funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), 9 industry partners and one philanthropic donor.

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Lead Researchers: Prof Andrew Keane (UCD)  Prof Eoin Casey (UCD), Assoc Prof Terence O’Donnell (UCD), Assoc Prof Eoghan Clifford (NUIG), Dr Muireann Lynch (ESRI), Prof Francesco Pilla (UCD), Asst Prof Páraic Carroll (UCD), Assoc Prof Vikram Pakrashi (UCD), Asst Prof Julie Byrne (UCD), Prof Lisa Ryan (UCD)

Participating Research Institutions: ESRI, DCU, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, UCC, UCD, Ulster University, Queen's University Belfast, Maynooth University

Funding Body: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Strategic Partnership Programme.

Philanthropic Donor: Mr David O’Reilly, Chairperson of UCD Energy Institute Advisory Board and Adjunct Professor of the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, UCD Industry Partners: EirGrid, ESB, Ervia/GNI, SSE, RWE, Davy, EPRI, CIÉ and Atlantic Hub

The programme is tackling the challenges of energy decarbonisation to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and deliver economic, societal, and environmental impacts for Ireland and beyond.

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