Lucy Cradden

Senior Researcher

Biography: Lucy graduated with a BE in Mechanical Engineering from UCD in 2003. She then worked in manufacturing for a couple of years, before starting a PhD at Edinburgh University. Her PhD involved examining the potential impacts of climate change on wind energy resources.  Subsequently she worked as a postdoc on a number of projects at Edinburgh including EPSRC ARIES, investigating the impacts of climate change on different aspects of renewable energy systems, and EU FP7 MARINA, carrying out resource assessments and developing spatial planning tools for combined offshore renewable energy platforms.

Lucy is funded at UCD under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Energy21 scheme as a Level 2 Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research interests are focused on the interactions between weather & climate and renewable energy systems. She is particularly interested in identifying features of the large-scale atmospheric circulation that can advance our understanding of spatial and temporal variations in renewable generation and demand, and using this knowledge to improve planning and forecasting for electricity systems.