Energy Needs Ireland Smart Exhibition 28th August

Published: Thu 22 Aug 2013
A blog entry by Shaun Sweeney

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Shaun Sweeney
Research Intern
Energy Needs Ireland

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Energy Needs Ireland (ENI) would like to invite you to attend our Smart Exhibition in the NDRC (National Digital Research Centre), The Digital Hub, Crane Street, Dublin 8 on Wednesday 28th August 2013 from 3pm-7pm.This is a walk-in event so you can arrive at any time during the event and stay for as long as you like.

We are delighted to announce that the event will be officially opened by Mr. Fintan Slye, CEO of Eirgrid who is very much looking forward to the event and had this to say about our group:

"I met the ENI students earlier in the summer and they were enthusiastic, full of great ideas and I am keen to see what they have achieved.”

Our group is a summer research group which is based in the Electricity Research Centre (ERC) in University College Dublin under the direction of Prof. Mark O’Malley. ENI 2013 consists of twenty one undergraduate students from a variety of courses ranging from engineering and science, to commerce. We come from various colleges including: UCC, TCD, UL, QUB and UCD.

The research which we do is based on the broad topic of ‘Smart Grids’ and what developments in the grid could mean for the future of Ireland's electricity system. Areas covered by our research include: analysis of plans related to the National Smart Meter Programme (NSMP), government policy, data applications which benefit the domestic consumer and the interconnection & exportation of energy. 

At this exhibition, we will display the findings of our work and our main recommendations in an interactive way, complete with stands and demonstrations. We will be displaying real Smart Meters and In Home Displays (as used in the CER Customer Behaviour Trials), a 3D model of the possible interconnection projects between Ireland & Britain and we will be able to discuss the Cost Benefit Analysis which ENI has carried out on a full Smart Grid implementation as well as much more.
Members of industry will also be present at this marketplace style event with displays from SiemensGlen DimplexBord na MonaSEAICylonPrepago and Activation Energy.

Some relevant observations from industry leaders are as follows;

“ The ENI students have demonstrated fresh thinking and the Commission for Energy Regulation is keen to hear their final views on new energy developments, particularly smart meters.” Garrett Blaney, Energy Commissioner

“EPRI have had the pleasure of working with ENI Alumni over the past number of years and they are an exceptionally talented group of people working in the Smart Grids area, my colleagues will be attending the event on 3rd of September and I am looking forward to meeting with this new batch of ENI in the future" Mark Mc Granaghan, Vice President of Power Delivery and Utilization for EPRI

See below our provisional timetable of presentations for the day, including a public debate on the proposed Midlands Wind Exportation Projects between John Reilly from Bord Na Mona and residents from the areas in the midlands where the projects have been proposed.

Registration is not necessary for this event; however, we would be extremely grateful if you could RSVP so that we could have an idea of numbers which will be present.

If you would like more information about the ENI 2013 group please have a look at this video which gives an introduction to our work, see our website at or like us on Facebook:

Directions to the NDRC can be found at this link: or for public transportation options (53.342129,-6.28375)

Light refreshments will also be provided.

We hope to see you all there.

Yours sincerely,

The ENI Team