Energy, Environment and Climate Action

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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

Small is beautiful: The future use of nuclear power in Ireland

Professor Tim McGloughlin writes that small modular reactor nuclear technology – suitably designed and commissioned and underpinned by appropriate regulation and legislation – can enable Ireland to become energy independent.  

 

Climate and biodiversity crisis: Mother nature to the rescue

If we thought we could build our way out of the climate and biodiversity crisis with more advanced human technology, the pandemic taught us that we are far more vulnerable to the powers of nature than we previously dared to admit, and that working with instead of against nature is the only way forward. 

The 126-rotor windcatcher will 'dramatically slash' the cost of wind energy

It can provide the energy of 25 regular wind turbines at half the price. 

Could negative emissions actually help curb climate change?

Many future climate scenarios suggest that negative emissions will be needed to limit global warming. Researchers are now investigating how feasible this is.

How researchers are improving the ‘crystal ball’ for better climate predictions

Climate models are used to predict how the climate will likely respond to rising greenhouse gas concentrations in the coming decades, a timescale crucial to meeting the terms of the Paris Agreement. That’s why it’s necessary to keep developing and refining such models to better support climate policies.

Electric cars could one day power your house – here’s how to make it happen

Electric cars could help to power millions of households in the coming years, simply by harnessing their battery power. The electricity in the vehicle’s battery could be plugged back into the grid, instead of being stored. The technique was pioneered in Japan and our research will help understand how best to use it in this part of the world.

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