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IERC Conference 2018 ~ Agenda

Conference Opening - "Energy resilience in a low carbon economy"

08:00 - 09:15


Coffee & Registration

09:15 - 09:25

Tony Day

Professor Tony Day
Executive Director - IERC

Tony is the Executive Directive of the International Energy Research Centre (IERC), based at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland. The €20M funded IERC is a partnership between government and industry to undertake innovative research in integrated energy solutions, focusing on demand side issues and energy efficiency.

Prior to this he was Energy Services Director at TEAM (EAA Ltd), having worked for 20 years at London South Bank University (LSBU) in teaching and research. At LSBU he set up the £3M Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB), a research, demonstration and teaching facility for low carbon building energy systems.

He has conducted research and published widely in the areas of building energy analysis and the application of low and zero carbon technologies in the urban environment. Tony is a Fellow of both CIBSE and the Energy Institute.

09:25 - 09:45

Marguerite Sayersy

Marguerite Sayers
Managing Director ESB Networks

Marguerite Sayers is Managing Director of ESB Networks DAC. She qualified as an Electrical/Electronic Engineer in University College Cork in 1991, and has worked in various managerial positions and locations throughout Ireland with ESB since graduating.

Following senior roles as HR Manager, Customer Services Manager for Dublin South and Head of Asset Management for ESB Networks, she managed ESB’s Generation portfolio for two years before returning to ESB Networks as Managing Director in November 2014.

ESB Networks DAC manages Ireland’s 170,000km of Electricity Distribution Network, has 3,200 employees, 2.3 million customers and an annual budget of circa €1Bn. Ms. Sayers lives in Dublin, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, and has been a member of Engineers Ireland’s Council and Executive Committees for the past six years.

She is currently Vice-President of Engineers Ireland and is also a member of the Development Board of the National Paediatric Hospital.

09:45 - 10:05

Joy Alour

Joy Aloor
Head of Siemens Power Technologies International

Joy Aloor, Head of Siemens Power Technologies International, will present a vision on future energy infrastructure and business innovation in low carbon economy including strategies, new technology solutions and business model transformations.

In his current role at Siemens, Joy lead a team of energy consultants to provide thought leadership to the power industry on policy development, energy strategies, regulatory advisory, system architecture, system integration, digitalisation and digital transformation.

Joy has over 25 years of comprehensive experience in all facet of strategy, regulatory advisory, commercial management, project/ construction management, power system planning, design of transmission and distribution projects gained from working within large multi national organisations across the world.

His educational qualifications include: Bachelor of Technology (Electrical), Master of Engineering (Power Systems), Master of Business Administration and LLM Commercial Law

10:05 – 10:25

Marie Donnelly

Marie Donnelly
Former Director, DG Energy, European Commission

Ms Marie Donnelly currently works with the European Commission in the Directorate General for Energy as Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency. Previously, Ms. Donnelly worked with the European Commission in the Employment and Social Affairs Directorate General as Director for Resources and Communication and in the Directorate General for Enterprise in the area of Industrial policy in Pharmaceuticals - Human and veterinary medicinal products. She also served as Head of unit for European Social Fund Policy, Coordination in the EQUAL Community Initiative, and was Head of the unit Equality for women and men.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Donnelly worked as Industry Group Director with the Federation of Irish Chemical Industries in Dublin, Ireland.

10:25 – 10:40


Discussion / Q&A

10:40 – 11:20


Coffee Break

Research Showcase

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Session 1: Supply Options

A key Government energy policy objective for 2018 involves ensuring the security, continuity and competitiveness of energy supply for the economy and for consumers.

Achieving this objective involves promoting the sustainability of energy supply and demand in the context of reducing energy related emissions and moving towards a low carbon economy (as provided for in the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act and in the Government’s National Mitigation Plan).

This session will focus on the various supply options available and their contribution to economic activity, delivery of key public services and enhancement of consumer comfort. It focuses on the required actions, modes and means of decarbonising our energy system.

Attention is placed on the role of electrification of heat, developments within biogas and hydrogen and the role of small scale energy storage.


Matthew Kennedy

Matthew Kennedy
Head of Strategy and Business - IERC

Dr. Matt Kennedy is responsible for Strategy and Business within the International Energy Research Centre. Prior to this role Matt led national and international energy RD&D initiatives for the Irish Government as National Delegate for Horizon 2020 in Ireland and as R&D lead in SEAI.

He chaired a collaborative group of 10 OECD countries that pooled finance for research collaborative activities. Internationally, Matt lead the technology negotiations for the UN at COP21, is the Chair of the UN’s Climate Technology Centre and Network in Copenhagen, and the Chair of the Programme Board of the Renewable Every and Energy Efficiency Partnership ( REEEP) based in Vienna. Matt has a Phd (Engineering) from TCD and Masters’ degrees from UCD (Business Admin) and NUIG (Development).

11:20 - 11:35

Teresa Fallon

Teresa Fallon
Innovation Manager - Electric Ireland

Teresa's responsibilities include; bringing new technology and services products to the market. She joined ESB as a graduate engineer and since then has worked in many technical and managerial roles throughout the organisation.

Her previous role was the Customer Brand and Social Media manager for the ESB Networks business, where she led the team that launched Twitter, the PowerCheck app and developed an emergency website to be used during large customer outages. Prior to that she was responsible for developing the ESB Networks Smart Networks Strategy 2027 and delivering internationally recognised Award Winning Smart Network research projects.

11:35 - 11:50

Alex Raguet

Alex Raguet

After 15 years in Capital Markets (Paris & NYC) , Alex developed strong interest in impact investing and discovered crowd-funding via Kiva in 2007.

He worked for 3 years (2009-2012) as the Financial Director of a French RES promoter before he founded the crowd-funding website Lumo of which he is President and manages the partnerships between Lumo and RES promoters and takes part in lobbying groups to foster local investment in renewable projects.

Lumo is founding member of the French and European crowd-funding associations. Alex is a member of the non-Executive Board of Directors at the European Crowd-funding Network working on Renewable Energy & Efficiency.

11:50 - 12:05

Matthew Clancy

Matthew Clancy
Programme Manager for Bioenergy and CHP - SEAI

Matthew is programme manager for bioenergy and CHP at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. He joined SEAI in 2009 having previously worked in the power generation section of the ESB.

Matthew has a background in mechanical engineering and environmental economics and during his time at SEAI has worked on variety of sustainable energy projects in bioenergy, heat and electricity most recently providing analytical input to the design of a renewable heat policy for Ireland. Matthew is also the Irish representative on the International Energy Agencys research collaboration on bioenergy.

12:05 - 12:20


Discussion / Q&A

12:20 - 12:30

Beth Massey

Beth Massey
Head of Research - IERC - Introduction to the Research Showcase

Prior to joining the IERC in October 2014, Beth worked for United Technologies Research Centre in Ireland as a Senior Research Scientist where she held the position as Principal Investigator for several projects related to energy data analytics and diagnostics of energy systems in commercial buildings. She also served as technical liaison to the IERC and participated as the industry technical point of contact for several IERC projects and INAs.

Beth holds an MSc in Computer Science (Software Engineering and Mathematics) from the Florida Institute of Technology (USA), and a PhD in Medical Image Processing from the University of Lincoln (UK). She has significant experience in project management having completed and delivered on large programs for the US Department of Defence, DARPA and NASA. She is especially interested in developing technology enablers that drive innovation for solving society’s grand challenges, providing education and options for enhanced quality of life.

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12:30 - 13:45



Session 2: Mobilising Energy Efficiency

Budget 2017 outlined a number of measures aimed at expanding Ireland’s energy efficiency programmes and investing 117M EUR into built environment measures across the residential, commercial and public sectors.

Delivering such measures is complex and involves the enhancement of efficiency in energy generation, the delivery of sustainable and efficient supply chains, the mitigation of environmental impacts and the driving of policies that target more affordable and sustainable energy solutions.

This session focuses on showcasing innovative actions in the built environment. Attention is placed on actions to mobilise SME and industry involvement, development of business models, and technology driving smart innovation (through metering).


Murilo Bonilha

Murilo Bonilha
General Manager - United Technologies Research Centre

Murilo Bonilha is General Manager of United Technologies Research Centre (Ireland) Ltd., a position he has held since August 2017. At UTRC Ireland, Bonilha leads the development of expertise and execution of European-focused research projects in controls and decision support, network and embedded systems, systems modeling and optimization, and power electronics. In this role, he has full profit and loss responsibility over UTRC operations in Ireland and also directs university partnerships, external/government relationships, and UTC business unit interactions in Europe. Bonilha held a similar position at UTRC China from 2012 to 2017, where he led research programs on fluid dynamics, thermal and building systems, and decision and control systems.

Bonilha joined United Technologies in 1996 as a research engineer at UTRC and since then has held several technical leadership positions at UTRC and Carrier Corporation. In his various roles, he developed and applied technology solutions in noise and vibration to a number of UTC products, including helicopters, elevators, escalators, and HVAC systems. Bonilha also led the Modeling, Analysis, Simulation and Computation (MASC) initiative at Carrier. Prior to UTC, Bonilha held research positions at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom) and at Cepstrum Corporation (São Paulo, Brazil).

Bonilha has published 26 peer-reviewed technical articles, primarily in the fields of structural acoustics, active noise control, and platform architecting and holds one U.S. Patent. He is a member of the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats (CTBUH) China board and sits on the industrial advisory board of the USA-China Clean Energy Research Center.

Bonilha holds a Ph.D. in acoustics and vibration from the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). He also holds an M.S. degree in systems architecture and engineering from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles), an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil), and a B.S. degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from University of São Paulo (Brazil).

13:45 - 14:00

Caroline Milne

Caroline Milne
Communications Director - Joule Assets Europe

Directing communications and marketing for Joule Assets Europe, Caroline Milne oversees market research and develops and deploys messaging related to the eQuad platform. Backed by a €1.7 million EU grant, eQuad is intended to facilitate investment in the European energy efficiency market by providing a streamlined and automated tool for project standardization, valuation, and risk assessment. Caroline also leads Joule’s work in NOVICE, an H2020 funded project aiming to create a new business model combining revenue streams from both energy efficiency and demand response.

She graduated from the Université Libre de Bruxelles with an MA in Political Science, specializing in the design of the EU Internal Electricity Market. Prior to joining Joule, she worked as an English language trainer for business professionals, copywriter, and academic translator.

14:00 - 14:15

Jo Southernwood

Jo Southernwood
Low Carbon Energy Solutions Researcher - IERC

Jo is a skilled energy consultant and project manager who joined the IERC in February 2017. She is a CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant, an ESOS Lead Assessor and Practitioner member of IEMA, with over 10 years’ experience of working in the energy efficiency and low carbon technology sectors and a deep understanding of the challenges associated with building services and energy management.

After graduating from Cambridge with an MEng in Chemical Engineering, Jo took the decision to specialise in energy and carbon management and took part in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership working with a food manufacturer and the London South bank University to gain a further MSc in Sustainable Development for SMEs. This early role gave her an excellent understanding of the challenges faced by businesses wanting to improve their environmental credentials and would be invaluable experience for her future career.

More recently Jo has worked as an energy specialist both for other consultancies and her own business. Over her career her role has involved developing climate change strategies, coordinating European collaborative projects, conducting renewable & low carbon technology feasibility studies, and carrying out energy audits for a range of clients including public sector bodies, property management companies, manufacturing facilities and retailers. At IERC, Jo’s role is to use her commercial experience and research capabilities to develop practicable energy related solutions for industry.

14:15 - 14:30

Norman Crowley

Norman Crowley
CEO and Founder - Crowley Carbon

Norman is a successful international entrepreneur and founder of The Cloud, Europe's largest WIFI operator; Inspired Gaming Group, the world's largest company in the Server Based Gaming domain; Trinity Commerce – one of the first e-commerce services companies in the world; and most recently Crowley Carbon. At the age of 26 Norman founded his first technology company Trinity Commerce.

Trinity was one of the first e-commerce services companies in the world. By 1996 Norman had grown the business to 5 countries and 150 people. Three years later the business was sold to Eircom Plc just before the peak of the internet bubble. By 2001 Norman co-founded Inspired Gaming Group in the United Kingdom with 8 others. By 2006, Inspired was the largest player in the world in the area of Server Based Gaming (SBG) and was floated on the London Stock Exchange. It had grown to 2500 people and had revenues of $500m.

In 2008 Inspired was sold to a private equity group for a valuation of €500 million. Along the way Norman also co-founded The Cloud - Europe's largest WIFI operator. This business was sold to Rupert Murdoch ‘s BSKYB for circa €80m.

Eight years ago, Crowley Carbon was founded with the vision of becoming a major player in the 1 trillion dollar global energy efficiency market. Crowley Carbon has developed and patented a range of cutting edge technologies that increase energy efficiency in the commercial and industrial energy efficiency sectors. Their products reduce energy use in everything from industrial chillers and large motors all the way through to high efficiency heat exchangers to name a few.

Crowley Carbon has established The Cool Planet Experience, this foundation is an an education centre in Powerscourt House and Gardens, Co. Wicklow where adults, children and corporates can learn more about the effects of climate change and how to help reduce greenhouse gases. The Cool Planet Experience has just been launched by Richard Branson in Powerscourt.

14:30 - 14:45

Fionn Rogan

Fionn Rogan
Marei - UCC

Fionn is a Research Fellow in MaREI and is located in the Environmental Research Institute in UCC, where he leads the MaREI / NTR Foundation funded project Our 2050 – Opportunities for Ireland in the Low Carbon Economy.

Fionn has a B.Eng. (Industrial Engineering and Information Systems) from NUI Galway, an MEngSc (Sustainable Energy) from UCC, and a PhD (Energy efficiency evaluation and energy systems modelling) from UCC.

14:45 - 15:00


Discussion / Q&A

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Session 3: Impact of innovation on Business

There is a shared responsibility across industry and government to make our economy more resilient and competitive while delivering robust energy technologies, products and solutions that can help to build robust businesses while also guaranteeing more competitive energy prices for Irish consumers.

While there are costs involved in moving to a low carbon economy, this round-table session focuses on business leaders sharing their vision for innovation.

It will highlight business strategies and solutions in terms of new technologies, systems thinking and business models and ultimately determine how these business leaders create value across their business.


Jerry Murphy

John Mullins

John Mullins is Chief Executive Officer of Amarenco, a growing company which is focused on renewable asset development, financing and ownership in Europe. Previous to this role, John was Chief Executive of Bord Gáis from December 2007 until the end of 2012. During this time, BGE established a significant electricity business and developed renewable and conventional generation assets. He has held senior management positions with ESB, ESB International, PricewaterhouseCoopers(UK) and NTR plc.

John is Chairman of the Port of Cork Company, Chairman of Heneghan PR and is a Director of Wisetek Limited John is also Chairman of Sustainable Nation Ireland and the IERC. He holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Smurfit Business School in UCD, Dublin. He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and the Irish Academy of Engineering. John was awarded a Chevalier de La Legion d’Honneur by the President of France for his business investment in France.

15:15 - 16:00

Martin Finucane

Martin Finucane
Principal Officer - DCCAE

Martin Finucane is the Principal Officer leading the Strategic Energy Policy Division within the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

He has responsibility for energy policy development and coordination including preparation of the National Energy and Climate Plan as well as broader European Union and international energy policy. He previously worked as Head of Finance and the Renewable Energy Division in the Department.

Daniela Thran

Paddy Hayes
Executive Director - ESB

Paddy Hayes is the Executive Director at ESB with responsibility for Generation and Wholesale Markets (GWM).

ESB GWM develops and trades energy assets, with a growing renewables portfolio across Ireland and Great Britain.

Denis O’Sullivan

Denis O’Sullivan
Head of Commercial - Gas Networks Ireland

Denis O’Sullivan is Head of Commercial at Gas Networks Ireland with responsibility for managing, developing and delivering the business’s commercial growth and innovation strategies with key focus on maximising utilisation of the gas network while diversify use of the network into transport and renewable gas.

Denis previously worked with Bord Gáis Energy and Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners as Head of Development with responsibility for delivering one of Ireland’s largest wind energy portfolios. Denis holds an Engineering Degree and has over 20 years’ experience in development and management roles across the renewables energy and gas sectors.

Tom Gillen

Tom Gillen
Managing Director - Energia

Tom Gillen was appointed during 2009 as Chief Operating Officer, Viridian Power and Energy, the Viridian Group’s integrated generation and supply business which includes Huntstown power station, Eco Wind Power and Energia.Tom joined Viridian in 2000 and became Managing Director, Energia in June 2008.

16:00 - 17:00


Networking Reception

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Final Remarks & Conference Close

John Mullins, will close the conference. Attendees are invited to join us for a sponsored drinks reception afterwards.

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