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Energy Systems/Policy Brown Bag Lunch Seminar Series

January 26 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Potter Building, Fu Room, #234

The Energy Center will be hosting a bi-weekly seminar series on energy systems/policy. This brown bag lunch seminar series is for the Spring of 2012 occurring the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month in the Potter Building Fu Room #234 from 11:30-1:00 pm.

Join us for this week’s lecture by Eugene Coyle, Fulbright Fellow, GPRI.  His lecture is titled ‘Research challenges in renewable energy; the climate is right for innovative engagement’

Please come, listen and join in the discussion at this brown bag lunch series. You are welcome to bring along anyone who may enjoy these fascinating topics.

We hope to see you Thursday!


'Research challenges in renewable energy; the climate is right for innovative engagement'

The present challenges owing to increased greenhouse gas emissions and resulting global warming have taken carbon-neutral power generation center stage in the global debate on requirement for viable alternative generation to fossil fuel dependent technologies, principally coal, gas and oil.

Wind installation is on a rapid growth curve. The majority of wind installations globally to date have been on-shore and the technology, although still developing has reached a relatively mature status. Off-shore wind farms offer greater power density capability to on-shore, however offshore installations are technically more challenging and costly to install and maintain.

There are many challenging questions surrounding the efficacy and viability of large scale integration of these and other emerging sustainable technologies, not least solar (PV), geothermal, wave/tidal and biofuels, including cost of installation, achievable power capacity, maintenance in extreme weather locations and in some cases, social acceptance.

This presentation will provide an overview of developments in recent years on the island of Ireland, including establishment of an ‘all Ireland’ grid, innovations in wave and tidal energy, UK interconnection and the challenges facing small island nations in achieving 20/20/20/ targets towards clean sustainable energy and security of supply.


Eugene Coyle is researching in Energy Policy at GPRI. Dr Coyle has been Head of the School of Electrical Engineering Systems at the Dublin Institute of Technology since 2004. Prior to this he was head of Department of Control Engineering at DIT (2001-4004). With achievements in research, academic leadership, school management, and wide ranging service to DIT over many years, he has facilitated enhanced academic output in programme development and delivery, and in the growth of research activity and culture. In so doing he has fostered a caring and friendly ethos for both students and staff within the School. Eugene completed a bachelor of electrical engineering degree (1977), master of engineering science (1986) and PhD degree (1993) at University College Dublin. Prior to joining DIT in 1986 he worked initially as a transformer design engineer with Pauwels Trafo Ireland/Belgium and later as a graduate engineer with the Electricity Supply Board, Ireland. He was appointed Professorial chair of Electrical Engineering in 2008. He has supervised 30 ME/PhD students to completion and he is currently co-supervising 10 graduate students. He has contributed to the successful emergence of a suit of new master degree programmes at DIT including an MSc in Energy Management. He has been influential in advancing research growth in the School theme areas of electrical power systems, control engineering, renewable technologies (fuel cells, wind energy, solar PV), ICT, and in biomedical engineering and assistive technology. He has been principal investigator to a range of research projects which were grant funded by organizations inclusive of Enterprise Ireland (EI), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), European Framework (FP6/7), and the Irish Health Research Board.

Eugene is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland (IEI), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Energy Institute (EI), the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineering. He has also been a member of the Engineering Advisory Committee to the Frontiers Engineering and Science Directorate of Science Foundation Ireland and of the National Standards Association of Ireland.

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