Fellows & Projects
Two Postdoctoral Researchers recruited in the first Call of ENERGY21 Programme have just started in UCD on 1st October 2015.
Dr Lucy Cradden
Lucy is an Incoming Fellow Level 2 originally from Northern Ireland and did her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering here at UCD. She graduated in 2003 and went to work in manufacturing for a while, before starting a PhD in Edinburgh University at the end of 2005. Lucy’s PhD involved examining the potential impacts of climate change on wind energy resources, and subsequent to that she has worked as a postdoc on a number of projects including EPSRC Aries, looking at the impacts of climate change on different aspects of renewable energy systems, and EU Fp7 MARINA, carrying out resource assessment and GIS analysis of potential sites suitable for combining offshore wind with wave energy. Most recently Lucy was a co-investigator on the EU Fp7 Leanwind project, using GIS with supply chain analysis and studying the impact of met-ocean conditions on access risks for offshore wind developments. On her first day Lucy stated “I'm excited to be starting my new project here at UCD, where I will be looking at the development of numerical techniques to identify patterns in the large-scale atmospheric circulation and their links to more localised conditions governing renewable energy output. The aim of the study is to assist policy-makers and developers in planning a combination of different types, sizes and locations of generators that will provide the most beneficial supply of electricity for the lowest cost.” Lucy’s mentor in UCD is Professor Frank McDermott.
Dr Bruno Domenech
Bruno is also an Incoming Fellow, but Level 1. Bruno is an Industrial Engineer, Scheduling Engineer and a PhD graduate from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). After his PhD, he combined the research with a teaching activity in the Department of Management (DOE) of the UPC and in the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). His research and teaching focus on the use of quantitative methods to solve industrial, logistics and service problems. In particular, over the last few years he has been working in the field of renewable energies, developing a methodology to optimise the design of stand-alone electrification projects for isolated rural communities in developing countries, including economic, technical and social considerations. In this context, he has collaborated with projects in Bolivia, Cape Verde, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru and Spain together with NGOs, local governments and universities. He has also participated in different competitive research projects with public funding and has reflected the results of research in many publications in JCR-indexed journals, scientific books and international conferences.
Bruno said that the ENERGY21 fellowship at the UCD Energy Institute represents a great opportunity for him to pursue his research in the above-mentioned field. More specifically, he will have an opportunity to extend the considerations of the design-aid methodology, studying new contexts and improving the models used from an electrical point of view. As a result of the fellowship, he expects to obtain a comprehensive methodology which can be materialised in a user-friendly software that can be distributed among rural electrification promoters in developing countries, to assist in projects' design ensuring their mid and long term sustainability.