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 the Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems Cluster (SEES Cluster).
Ireland’s success in integrating renewable energy, particularly wind energy, onto our electricity grid is remarkable by international standards, with wind often providing close to 50% of our electricity. This is due to a number of factors, including our location and the ambitious mindset of the industry and other key stakeholders. Researchers, working in close collaboration with industry, pursue a portfolio of projects on the impact of key drivers on the power system, and increasingly on energy systems integration. Industry collaborators, through the Electricity Research Centre Industry Affiliates Programme, gain access to the breadth of research undertaken – time to interact with researchers and PhD students is often the most valuable aspect of the relationship. Facilities include a real-time digital simulator with hardware in the loop test capability. There are many opportunities to contribute and formally link to relevant existing ERC research projects and new proposals, as well as the opportunity to inform future Electricity Research Centre research direction.
- System analysis and modelling
- Markets and regulation
- Policy and social studies
- End use and flexibility
- Interconnection and demonstration
Research performed by:
- University College Dublin
- Trinity College Dublin
- The Economic and Social Research Institute
- University of Limerick
- Maynooth University