Energy Transition

“Facilitate the transition to a low-carbon energy future through the provision of the underlying research and innovation, and the training of the highly skilled leaders of tomorrow”

The energy sector is in a period of revolution and rapid growth as we move towards a low-carbon economy and society, which poses a series of challenges but also provides significant economic and societal opportunities. No single renewable energy technology alone will suffice, but rather the concentration of a diverse range of technologies, including intelligent energy efficiency and storage solutions, along the supply chains of electricity, heat and transport. MaREI has established itself as a leader in research and innovation to support the energy transition. We are providing solutions to fundamental issues and supporting technological advancement across the supply chains for resources such as offshore renewable energy and bioenergy, which will be key to Ireland’s energy transition.

We are also identifying viable routes and vectors for the integration of these resources across the energy system, and are supporting the implementation of demand side efficiencies and measures to better match supply and demand. We are furthermore providing support in areas such as ICT, data analytics, materials and components, and advanced observation and monitoring technologies and techniques, and are delivering critical enabling necessary reductions in the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE). In achieving these aims, we have identified the following objectives:

Objective 1: Develop technologies, tools and processes to support the advancement and integration of renewable energy resources, including offshore renewable energy and bioenergy

Objective 2: Facilitate increased efficiency and the integration of renewable energy across the energy system through the identification and development of viable routes and vectors in the sectors of electricity, heat, and transport

Objective 3: Analyse and develop the value chain for technology opportunities across all Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), and deliver associated reductions in the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) to accelerate the path to commercialisation

Analysis of 7% GHG Emissions Reduction

The Green Party has announced that a red line for entering into government is a commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 7 per cent each year to 2030. While climate science underpins this call for rapid and immediate decarbonisation, research areas such as energy systems analysis help us to understand what pathways might make this formidable challenge achievable.

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