€11m investment and new partnership to lead cutting-edge Energy System Integration research announced
08 December 2015
L-R: Prof Mark Ferguson; Minister Damien English; Michael McNicholas; and Prof Mark O’Malley
Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English has announced funding of more than €11 million to the Energy Systems Integration Partnership Programme (ESIPP). ESIPP will receive €5.5 million from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Science Foundation Ireland, coupled with €5.5 million from five industry partners – AIB, EirGrid, Ervia, Glen Dimplex, ESB and a philanthropic contribution from David O’Reilly, former chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation, and current chair of the UCD Energy Institute Board.
Making the announcement at UCD, Minister English said: “This partnership programme will enable Ireland to take a leadership role in Energy Systems Integration within Europe and globally. This is a significant investment in a partnership programme by multidisciplinary collaborators who are predominant players in the field of energy systems integration.”
ESIPP programme will be led by professors Mark O’Malley, Federico Milano, Eoin Casey and Frank McDermott of UCD, in collaboration with leading researchers from UCD, DCU, ESRI, NUIG, TCD, UCC and UL and a number of international research institutions. ESIPP will work closely with an additional 17 industry collaborators.
Prof O’Malley said: “Energy System Integration is the process of making our energy system more co-ordinated. It does this by finding and exploiting synergies across the system e.g. storing energy as heat at times when there is abundant renewable electricity available.
“Working at the interfaces between systems requires engineers, scientists, economists, business people and psychologists to find new ways to use resources more efficiently. Successful research, demonstration and deployment will deliver a more cost effective energy system with less impact on the environment. ESIPP is designed to build much needed human capacity which will put Ireland at the forefront of this important area.”
Energy Systems Integration (ESI) is a multidisciplinary area ranging from science, engineering and technology to policy, economics, regulation and human behaviour. ESI is coming to the fore in the planning, design and operation of the global energy system and seeks to optimise the energy system and other large-scale infrastructures, in particular water, by leveraging the synergies across all scales and pathways (i.e. electricity, fuels and heat).
Prof Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland and chief scientific adviser to the government, added: “Science Foundation Ireland is delighted to support this partnership programme, which will encourage and strengthen the links between multidisciplinary research teams and industry partners while also facilitating the training in energy systems integration, for industry orientated researchers at early and mid-career stages. ESIPP will foster industrial partnerships and develop research capacity in areas of current and emerging economic importance to Ireland.”
O’Reilly said that he was “delighted to be involved in establishing a world class research program which is targeting new technologies in energy for the 21st century. Successful execution will benefit the Irish and global economies”.
Michael McNicholas, Ervia chief executive, said: “ESIPP allows the key utilities in Ireland’s energy sector to work together for the first time with universities and the private sector, researching how gas, water, electricity and heating can integrate and serve our customers more efficiently and dynamically. Ervia along with our industry partners involved in this programme welcome today’s announcement by the Minister and we all look forward to building strong working relationships to make this programme a success.”http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2015/12/08/e11m-investment-and-new-partnership-to-lead-cutting-edge-energy-system-integration-research-announced/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/aaaaesip.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/aaaaesip-300x277.jpgNewsinvestment,SFI,UCD