Energy, Environment and Climate Action


The Energy, Environment and Climate Action Division is for professional and student engineers with an interest in energy engineering, managing the environmental impact of economic activities and supporting ambitious climate action in the engineering community. A primary objective of the Division is to support the development and deployment of energy technologies and policies to enable a rapid transition to a fully decarbonised, environmentally sustainable, secure and cost-effective energy system in Ireland.

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Energy, Environment and Climate Action in the Engineers Journal

Can nuclear power secure a path to net zero?

What’s holding up the UK government’s strategy for securing the country’s energy supply in light of the Russia-Ukraine war and soaring market prices of oil and gas? According to The Guardian, a split between prime minister Boris Johnson and chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak over proposals for new nuclear reactors.

A new heat engine with no moving parts is as efficient as a steam turbine

The design could someday enable a fully decarbonised power grid, say researchers.

Improving predictions of sea level rise for the next century

Brent Minchew leads two proposals to better understand glacial physics and predict sea-level rise as part of MIT's Climate Grand Challenges.

ESB Nuclear Project Group 1968-1978: A short history, Part II

Since it was set up in 1968 to give ESB an option to build a nuclear power station in Ireland, the Nuclear Project Group had recommended that light water reactor technology should be chosen and had evaluated technical, safety, fuel and cost aspects of the project, writes Engineers Ireland Fellow Frank Geary.

Hydropower dams make a fish-friendly splash

Hydroelectricity plays an important role in keeping the grid humming throughout Europe. While wind and solar generate energy under some conditions, hydropower can start generating power whenever the grid needs it – so-called baseload energy. The big issue now is how to design hydropower technology with fish in mind. 

ESB Nuclear Project Group 1968-1978: A short history, Part I

More than 50 years ago, in 1968, faced with a serious over-reliance on heavy fuel oil for power generation, ESB decided to develop an option to build a nuclear power station in Ireland, writes Fellow of Engineers Ireland Frank Geary. It set up a group of young engineers to equip it with the necessary skills and preparations to allow a future decision on the project. Over the following decade the Nuclear Project Group made major progress in achieving that goal.


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