Sustainable Energy Conference Programme

  •   Sponsored by:  Off Grid Energy


    • November 3, 2015
      • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pmLunch
      • 1:15 pm - 1:30 pmAdrian McCarthy - Site Energy Manager, GSK DungarvanPresentation Title: Energy Kaizen, How GSK Dungarvan developed a plan to cut CO2 Emissions by 70%. Presentation Synopsis: In 2013 GSK Dungarvan hosted an Energy Kaizen event over 5 days, this is a cross functional team event which GSK utilizes across its network to maximize energy saving and carbon reduction goals. The event produced a 4year plan to identify opportunities from simple actions (JDI’s) to complex capital intensive projects. The energy kaizen has been proven to work in sites of varying size and nature and is easily replicable in other sites.
      • 1:30 pm - 1:45 pmConor Casey - CEO, Casey TechnologiesPresentation Title: Sustainable = Competitive? Presentation Synopsis: TBC
      • 1:45 pm - 2:00 pmMaeve Flynn - Lead Ecologist, EirGridPresentation Title: New approaches to Grid Development/ Sustainable Grid development. Presentation Synopsis: Providing ecological expertise and support to Grid 25 Projects.
      • 2:00 pm - 2:15 pmDonal Kissane - Energy and Environment Division, Engineers IrelandPresentation Title: Challenges associated with developing workable energy policy. Presentation Synopsis: The talk will cover the challenges associated with developing workable energy policy in the context of moving to a low carbon economy. The challenges of reconciling the 3 requirements of protecting the environment, ensuring security of supply and economic cost from will be disucssed. The challenges of attracting investment in energy infrastructure in an irish context against this constantly changing landscape will be examined. The impprtance of active engagement of engineering sector role in working with all the stakeholders including government, developers , financiers and consumers to implement innovative solutions to these challenges will be explored.
      • 2:15 pm - 2:35 pmDamian Costello - Business Developer, Decode InnovationPresentation Title: Is the business of sustainability about to become sustainable? …and is that entirely good news for the sustainability sector? Presentation Synopsis: This presentation argues that an understanding of sustainability could be a hindrance to long-term success without an understanding of the dynamics of disruption. It will address: Sector Conditions: A number of macro environmental forces are converging around the business of sustainability, leading to a reasonable assumption that the sustainable business philosophy is about to go mainstream. Underlying Dynamics: If such a ‘tipping point’ is on the horizon, it will bring its own challenges. The paradigm shift in the sustainability landscape will follow a well-documented and increasingly predictable pattern. Likely Outcomes: The new landscape will be made up of a combination of the ‘usual suspects’ of disruption. The Experts Dilemma: How long you have been working towards the transformation of the sector will have less of an impact than the informed opportunism you employ during the formative stages of the new reality.
      • 2:35 pm - 3:05 pmBreak
      • 3:05 pm - 3:20 pmAndrew Mullen - Chief Engineer, Radisson BluPresentation Title: Energy management in hotels Presentation Synopsis: Andrew’s presentation focusses on practical “no cost, low cost” solutions to reducing energy consumption and costs in hotels.
      • 3:20 pm - 3:35 pmMichael Dunn - Director, Iona CapitalPresentation Title: Achieving Zero Landfill : Practical Solutions Through Waste to Energy. Presentation Synopsis: Michael’s talk will focus on the bioenergy sector investments. There will be a brief overview of EU energy from renewables and waste market with a focus on the UK. The rest of the presentation will be devoted to investment characteristics, key risks and funding requirements and a welsh government project case study.
      • 3:35 pm - 3:50 pmVikram Pakrashi - School of Engineering, University College Cork, IrelandPresentation Title: Monitoring the Dynamics of Renewable Energy Devices. Presentation Synopsis: Renewable Energy devices are undergoing significant improvement and change as the push towards green energy strengthens in Ireland. While the energy harvesting capabilities of these devices are often well-researched, their structural performance in an operational condition remains a key area to be investigated due to their high exposure to winds and waves. In University College Cork, the Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory and Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) have carried out a number of tests to understand and assess the dynamics of these devices to ensure appropriate monitoring is available for such new concepts. A correct monitoring approach also ensures that renewable energy is generated from these devices considering structural safety and stability along with correct maintenance and management over their entire life-cycle even when the exposure conditions are vague, unknown or imprecise. The talk will highlight the multidisciplinary and challenging nature of monitoring and assessing these devices.
      • 3:50 pm - 4:05 pmArran Dowling Hussey - Editor Construction, Engineering & Energy Law Journal of IrelandPresentation Title: Practical Issues arising from the Sustainability Energy Act 2002 Presentation Synopsis: Arran’s presentation will look at legal issues arising from the Sustainability Energy Act 2002
      • 4:05 pm - 4:20 pmDanny Jones MIET - CEO and Founder, Off Grid Energy LtdPresentation Title: How hybrid technology addresses the ‘Energy Trilema’ of reducing cost, cutting emissions and improving reliability in construction, events and other temporary power applications. Presentation Synopsis: There are presently many hundreds of MW of temporary generators running at any time across the construction, events and utilities sectors amongst others. Much of that capacity is running at a fraction of its peak capability and so consuming fuel inefficiently, creating unnecessary emissions, damaging under-loaded engines and, most importantly, incurring unnecessary and avoidable cost. Micro Hybrid Power systems for temporary power has been in the market now for many years and has started to take hold as a mainstream consideration. With this comes a great deal of sophistication that is set to change perceptions and practices on a grand scale. Better understanding of energy use, the introduction of renewables and the opportunity to better plan temporary power installations combine to enable substantial capital and operational savings right across these sectors. With many of the largest users of temporary power that include the international construction companies, Electricity supply companies and some of the world’s biggest event organisers now mandating the use of hybrid power this is a technology that is set to transform the word of temporary power over the next few years.