Pictured receiving the SmartGrid Innovation Award from Professor Gerry Lyons, Dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway were (l-r): Barry O’Donnell, Mark Kelly, Tadgh Cullen and Kieran O’Leary.
Oct 28 2014 Posted: 12:43 GMT

ESB Networks is delighted to sponsor the NUI Galway College of Engineering & Informatics SmartGrid Innovation Award for the best group proposal from final year Energy Systems Engineering students. The students,  Kieran O’ Leary, Barry O’ Donnell, Mark Kelly and Tadgh Cullen developed an innovative, technically advanced and professional project that has the potential to contribute significantly to the rollout of SmartGrid.

ESB Networks congratulates the winners on their achievement and also the other students groups who also presented some excellent ideas. John Byrne, Smart Networks Manager, ESB Networks said: “Collaboration on Smart Grid R&D is essential in this period of fundamental change within the energy sector. ESB Networks is working towards 2027 by undertaking strategic research, development and demonstration projects to meet the rapidly changing system and customer needs. We have committed to collaborating with both academia and industry to progress research and deployment innovation in Smart Grid technologies.  In this regard, we welcome the opportunity to work with NUI Galway and will continue to build upon this mutually beneficial relationship.”

NUI Galway’s Dr Hugh Melvin, SmartGrid Module facilitator, said: “ESB and ESB Networks are recognised as world class and pioneering engineering organisations and are leading the way internationally in Smart Grid R&D and implementation. They both value strong associations with Academia, including NUI Galway and this award represents a strengthening of that association.”

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