Barry Hayes
Funded Investigator
UCC Energy Transition Energy Policy & Modelling

Dr. Barry Hayes is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Power Systems Engineering at UCC. Prior to joining UCC in 2018, he was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Galway (2016-2018), and a Marie Sklodowska-Curie research fellow at IMDEA Energy Madrid (2013-2016). He holds a PhD in Electrical Power Systems Engineering from the University of Edinburgh (2013), and has held visiting researcher positions at National Grid UK (2011) and at the University of Tennessee (2016).

Barry leads a research team at UCC focused on the grid integration of sustainable energy technologies, and the operation and planning of future power systems. He also works with energy communities around Ireland, providing technical advice on the development and grid connection of community-owned renewable energy projects.

Barry is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), where he works on the development of new IEEE P2030 standards on smart grid interoperability, and serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Energy Markets, Policy and Regulation. 

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AUTONOMY proposes the world’s first autonomous community energy management system, demonstrating the advantages of an electricity grid supported by autonomously-operated, decentralised cells over present centralised command and control approaches.

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