Originally from Córdoba Argentina, UCD's Valentin Rigoni focused his thesis on securely integrating new technologies such as solar into low voltage electricity networks. His presentation impressed the judges under the three key criteria of context, clarity and charisma
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ESB International has announced UCD postgraduate Valentin Rigoni as the winner of the 2016 ‘All-Ireland Energy Thesis in Three Challenge’, a heat in the national Thesis in Three competition, an event which saw postgraduate researchers in the energy sector from around Ireland present their research in three minutes using just three slides.

Originally from Córdoba Argentina, Valentin focused his thesis on securely integrating new technologies such as solar into low voltage electricity networks. His presentation managed to impress the judges under the three key criteria of context, clarity and charisma. The exercise is seen as an important, real-world challenge where researchers are often required to seek backing in so-called elevator pitches.

Now in its third year, the event is hosted by ESB International and run by the UCD IEEE Power and Energy Society Student Chapter, and attracts entries from postgraduate researchers from all over the country.

The judging panel was made up of ESB International’s John Quinn, Richard Crowley of Eirgrid, and Dr Ronan Meere from Science Foundation Ireland. Topics on the day focused on social, renewable and environmental issues affecting the energy market.

Belfast native Anna Phoenix, a postgraduate in NUI Galway, won the audience award for presenting her research findings on optimising tidal turbine arrays.

“Events like this provide a fantastic opportunity to meet the brightest and the best within our sector, and to see how they perform under the pressure of condensing complex research into bite-size persuasive presentations,” said ESB International managing director Ollie Brogan.

“As an organisation ESB International and the wider ESB Group invests hugely in attracting and developing the brightest talent. It is hugely satisfying for us to see how promising the future looks in terms of talented post-graduate researchers who will drive the next wave of innovation in our sector.”

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ESB International has announced UCD postgraduate Valentin Rigoni as the winner of the 2016 ‘All-Ireland Energy Thesis in Three Challenge’, a heat in the national Thesis in Three competition, an event which saw postgraduate researchers in the energy sector from around Ireland present their research in three minutes using...