The Electricity Research Centre (ERC) is a unique collaboration between academia and major players in the electricity industry to tackle fundamental and applied research questions underpinning the development of a sustainable electrical energy system. Mark O’Malley, Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCD, is Scientific Director of the ERC, having founded the group in 1991.
The Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems Cluster (SEES) is one of the major project initiatives led by the ERC which brings together the Irish electricity grid and key industrial partners. It is a collaborative research programme including research in University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, the Economic and Social Research Institute, University of Limerick and NUI Maynooth with the ﬁnancial support of Science Foundation Ireland. Complementary research initiatives are supported by a range of national and international funding streams.
The team now consists of more than 60 people – academics, postdoctoral and industry-experienced researchers, PhD students and a management team. Key to the success of the ERC is the very close relationship between researchers and industry. Industry Members include major players in the electricity industry in Ireland as well as large international partners.
The research work is presented in eight thematic strands which bring together groupings of researchers from the relevant academic-led groups. Two represent the scientific hub, underpinning more applied research in the remaining six spokes.
The ERC is developing a strong suite of activities internationally, particularly in Europe, the US and China, with industries, government agencies and research institutions linking with the Centre through formal agreements, joint appointments and the delivery of courses internationally.
The knowledge generated in the ERC is at the leading edge of improving understanding of the issues internationally, and contributes to industry developments and policy formation. In addition, more than 25 alumni are now working in leading roles in academia, industry and start-ups both in Ireland and internationally, e.g. Fintan Slye, CEO EirGrid.
You can keep up to date with the ERC under News & Events listed on our home page. You can contact us to let us know if you’d like to be informed of upcoming events, or if you are interested in joining the group.