Energy is one of the most precious resources on earth and its use and misuse has global consequences. The need to make smart use of fossil fuels and to harness more sustainable sources of energy is a pressing global issue.

As UCD we are working to find solutions to the energy challenges of the 21st century, in particular Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Integration of Renewable Energy Sources, and the interface between energy and ICT as well as the traditional energy sources of oil and gas. Through our research programme in energy, we partner extensively with the energy industry in developing the national grid, we look at the ability to integrate sustainable forms of energy from Ireland and our neighbours, we analyse the economics of renewable energy, we seek to enable the policy framework to promote efficient energy use, and we support the incubation of emerging enterprises.

Key Areas of Research in UCD include:

  • Smart Grids
  • Smart Cities
  • Renewables [solar, wave, wind]
  • Traditional Energy [oil, gas]
  • Devices
  • Policy and Economics
  • Carbon Reduction
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Intelligent Buildings
  • Energy Economics

Application Areas include: Grid Integration; Energy Efficiency; Marine and Renewable (impact of natural climate variability); Solar-photo-voltaic; Energy Storage and Management; Smart Cities (Transport, Networks and Communications, Smart Cars, Smart Devices, Smart Homes).