What might a future Irish or even global energy system look like?
How will we heat our homes, fuel our cars, generate electricity and use of our land in the future? How much will this cost? What technological opportunities deliver best value for emissions reduction?
With our research, we approach these questions by using integrated energy systems models which considers all of our energy use within the wider economy.
This ‘big picture’ approach is important as it allows us to consider the best use of all available resources including low carbon technologies, efficiency measure and renewables.
Today in Ireland, electricity represents 20% of energy consumed while heat and transport capture the remaining 80% of energy.
We focus on 100% of the problem and try and find solutions that will enable Ireland to become a world leader in decarbonized energy systems