Engineering design to solve long-term problems in energy storage and medicine

“If you solve the storage problem for renewables, it opens up new generation opportunities, which will increase the proportion of our energy coming from those sources.”

In part 6 of our 2019 researcher case studies we look at Dr Philip Donnelan of the UCD School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering.

Engineers solve problems, and Dr Philip Donnellan currently has two main problems in mind. One is how to store energy generated from renewable sources such as wind or solar, so that we can capture that energy when it is plentiful and use it at a later time when we need it.
The other is the need to get medicines to patients efficiently and cost-effectively, which is why Dr Donnellan is developing small, portable 3D-printed reactors and units to allow flexible, local medicine manufacturing.

You can find the full text of the case study here:Engineering design to solve long-term problems in energy storage and medicine