Conference Schedule


Final running order on the day below

08:30 – 09:15

Welcome and Registration

Solar Energy Society of Ireland Logo.

09:00 Solar Energy Society of Ireland Meeting

09:15 – 09:30

Opening Address, Larry Staudt, Director, Centre for Renewable Energy, Dundalk IT. The Cross Border Sustainable Energy Partnership and the Challenge of Sustainability

(09:30 – 10:40) Session 1

09:30 – 10:00

Robert Costanza, Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. Stewardship for a “Full” World

10:00 – 10:20

William Kingston, Research Associate in Business Studies at the University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD), School of Business and Visiting Professor, George Mason University, Virginia, USA. Ocean Energy: Shoreline, Wave and Tidal

10:20 – 10:40

Brian Hurley, Wind Site Evaluation, Co-Founder of and former Chief Scientist with Airtricity. Where Does the Wind Come From and How Much Energy Is There?

(11:00 – 11:30) Coffee

(11:30 – 13:00) Session 2

11:30 – 11:50

Brian Norton, President and Professor of Dublin Institute of Technology and Director of its Dublin Energy Lab. Overview of Solar in Ireland and the Solar Energy Society of Ireland

11:50 – 12:20

George Maracas, Director of Nanotechnology at Motorola and professor at Arizona State University, representing the sustainability and solar programmes. Sustainability and Solar Energy in Arizona State University

12:20 – 12:40

Michael Oelgemöller, Lecturer in organic and medicinal chemistry at Dublin City University. Solar Chemistry Research at the German Aerospace Center and at Dublin City University

12:40 – 13:00

Lacour Ayompe, Researcher Dublin Institute of Technology. Economic Analysis of Domestic Solar Water Heating Systems in Ireland – Future Trends and Policy Implications

(13:00 – 14:00) Lunch

(14:00 – 15:00) Session 3

14:00 – 14:20

Douglas Ferguson, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. Light Rail Transit – A Flagship Transport Solution for Sustainable Living in Greater Belfast

14:20 – 14:40

Marius Claudy, Researcher at Dublin Institute of Technology. Traffic-related Air Pollution and Sustainable Transport Policy

14:40 – 15:00

Francis Fitzgerald, Researcher Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Development of an International Standard Solar Thermal Characterisation, Demonstration and Research Facility in Ireland

(15:00 – 15:30) Coffee and Poster Session

(15:30 – 17:30) Session 4

15:30 – 15:50

Haifeng Wang, Professor and Director of Research, Electric Power and Energy Systems at Queen’s University Belfast. Introduction to Research Activities in the Area of Renewable Power Generation and Supply at QUB

James Carton, Researcher at Dublin City University. Optimisation of a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell: Flow Plate Design & Testing

15:50 – 16:10

Michael Greene, Researcher Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Experimental Characterisation of Both Air and Ground Source Heat Pump Technologies in the Irish Maritime Climate

16:10 – 16:30

Frank Convery, Professor of Environmental Studies at UCD and Chairman of Comhar. US and EU collaboration in Tackling Climate

Declan Meally, Manager, SEI Dundalk 2020 project. Dundalk 2020

16:30 – 16:50

Gavin Harte, Former national director of An Taisce and is the founder and developer of Ireland¹s first ecological and sustainable village in Cloughjordan. The Occasional Lecturer Programme for Education in Sustainable Development

16:50 – 17:10

David Philip, Education Manager, Cultivate – Sustainable Living & Learning Centre. An Overview of Cultivate – Sustainable Living & Learning Centre

17:10 – 17:30

James Cunningham, Senior Lecturer in Management at National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway. Strategic Management of Technology Transfer


Closing Address

(18:00+) Tour, Dinner and Discussions*

*Evening dinner will cost extra. Please contact for more information.

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