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The Energy and Design Laboratory (EDL) was established to facilitate fundamental and applied research in energy engineering, with a particular emphasis on the design, modelling, and analysis of sustainable energy systems and installations, and the design of energy efficient devices.

Research emphasis is on the design, modelling, and analysis of sustainable energy systems and installations, and the design of energy efficient devices. The laboratory is keen to foster relationships with industrial collaborators and other institutions with aligned interests. Our research facilities are augmented by a prototyping facility for rapid development and realization of prototype designs and systems.

Expertise:

Today, energy generation and consumption are highly topical issues, with an emphasis placed on the importance of energy efficient devices. Our mission is to provide real tangible benefits to our partners in energy-related product innovation and in economic and policy level energy strategies.

Important aspects that we focus on are how to decrease energy consumption and close the energy gap. Renewable energy sources are inherently intermittent and when they power important equipment such as telecom's towers, monitoring their real-time and long term performance becomes critical. These installations are often located in difficult to access and environmentally harsh locations so it is also important to model how they will perform in these regions. This process will facilitate more realistic cost projections with respect to operational costs and component lifetime. Traditional sources of energy for these types of sites are AC generators which are required to run 24/7. This mode of operation results in high running costs in terms of fuel and maintenance. The alternative is to operate a hybrid system which only runs for half the time thus reducing these costs.

Energy Optimization is also a crucial research area and plays a significant role for the future, mainly due to current global energy resources. Data is the key process which is the basis of many applications and services, such as visualization and analysis. All of these are used to achieve one aim that helps to reduce energy consumption.

Key Projects:

The Energy and Design lab was developed under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Daniels. Other affiliated faculty and research staff include Dr. Sean Marlow, Prof. Patrick McNally, Dr. Conor McArdle, Dr. Shane Linnane, Dr. Yan Delaure and Prof. Barry McMullin. The team has already achieved significant success in attracting funding and researchers to work on projects with a particular emphasis on the design, modelling, and analysis of sustainable energy systems and installations, and the design of energy efficient devices. The lab also led a recent successful application for UDRI (University Designated Research Initiative) support within DCU, which includes strong participation by other researchers and groups. Currently our main research programs are funded by SFI Principal Investigator Grants, SFI centre programmes, Enterprise Ireland commercialization grants and European Research Grants. Current & recent projects include:

  • Solar Analysis Model & Online Application
  • Nanostructured Solar Reactor Materials
  • Condition Monitoring of Marine Devices using Acoustic Sensors
  • Domestic & Commercial Simulated Environment
  • Remote Monitoring
  • Large Scale Energy Monitoring & Analysis

Selected Academic Linkages:

 The Marine and Environmental Sensing Technology Hub (MESTECH),

Integrated NanoScience Platform for Ireland” (INSPIRE)

Selected Industrial/Other Linkages:

 Sonex

Intel

Cinergy

Research Groups/Laboratories:

 

Energy and Design Lab, at the Rince Institute 

http://energylab.eeng.dcu.ie/energylab/

 

Head of EDL:               Dr. Stephen Daniels – Profile