Dr. Sara Armstrong is a Research Fellow predominantly involved in the grid connection of renewable energy resources, and the associated balance of plant design, and assessment of resulting power quality.
- Sara is the Principle Investigator (PI) for the Horizon 2020 project OPERA. This project will collect, analyse and share open-sea operating data and experience of the Oceantec wave energy device which is currently deployed in the Biscay Marine Energy Platform (bimep), off the coast of Spain. OPERA will validate and de-risk several industrial innovations for wave energy, opening the way to long term cost-reduction. See opera-h2020.eu/for further information.
- She is also the UCC PI for FloTEC. Her activities include the integration of battery storage systems with tidal farms, and the investigation of centralised power conversion strategies.
- She is also completing a Science Foundation Ireland Industry Fellowship with MaREI Industry partner DP Energy, titled, “Grid Connection Solutions for Renewable Energy Farms” (2016-2018).
- Sara is the Irish Project Team member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 62600-30 team, writing a technical specification for “Electrical Power Quality Requirements for Wave, Tidal and other Water Current Energy Converters”.
- She also carries out ongoing engagement with SMEs regarding electrical power take off testing and validation.
Sara holds a BE in Electronic Engineering, and PhD in Photovoltaics from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Subsequent research roles included the design of embedded systems for occupational therapy splints, battery management systems for photovoltaic systems, ocean energy power system modelling tools, power take off testing and design, and electrical design for combined offshore wind and wave platforms.
Sara began work in MaREI, University College Cork, in 2011, and is currently a Research Fellow, where she has been involved in several marine energy European FP7 and H2020 projects, and industrial projects in the testing and development of wave energy converters and moorings. She is the author of numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals, European FP7 technical reports and international conferences. Former roles include PI for wind turbine integration project and Co-PI in Smart Microgrids, Project Team Lead and Co-PI in Pacific Marine Energy Centre wave energy test site project.
Her areas of expertise include modelling & power system simulation of ocean energy devices, power take-off testing and design, grid integration and power quality output of renewable energies, and electrical balance of plant design.