Suzanne Lydia Higgins
PhD Student
Postgraduate Student
UCC Energy Transition Energy Management
University College Cork


Pinch technology is a process integration methodology based on thermodynamic principles, which improves the understanding of industrial processes with the goal of streamlining them and minimising waste. Suzanne’s PhD titled ‘Integration of multiple Pinch Analysis (PA) techniques (total site, power, area wide and CO2 emission reduction PA) to enable a community level circular economy’ focusses on the village of Ringaskiddy.


She is in the first year of her four-year PhD in Energy Engineering under the supervision of Dr Ken Bruton and currently working on a systematic mapping and literature review.


She has an MSc and BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has work experience in HVAC consulting, Green Building consulting, and failure investigations, and most recently worked for herself conducting thermal modelling and energy compliance reporting. She moved to Ireland to pursue this PhD as she wanted to focus on research work.