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The Energy, Environment and Climate Action division is for professional and student engineers with an interest in energy policy development, energy conservation technology, renewable energy technology and energy system development to ensure an economically and environmentally sustainable and secure energy system in Ireland.

 

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Energy, Environment and Climate Action in the Engineers Journal

Five global trends shaping the future of energy - part I

At a time of such uncertainty in global energy markets, it is opportune to highlight five global trends that are set to shape the future of energy. In this issue, we look at 1) Global Energy and Crude Oil Trends, along with 2) Global Emissions Schemes. In the next article in this two-part series, we will examine 3) Crude Oil’s Shale Revolution, 4) Global Natural Gas and, finally, 5) Global Power Trends. Analysis of the five trends will provide useful information and guidance to consider ...

Waste not, want not – Ireland's newest renewable-energy source

  John Ahern, managing director of Indaver, is speaking at Engineers Ireland's 2013 Annual Conference, entitled 'Building Ireland's Business Networks', on Thursday, 6 June at Dublin's Ballsbridge Hotel This year marks the second year of operation of Ireland’s first waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in Co Meath. The facility took over two-and-a-half years to complete, at a cost of €140 million – representing the largest ever single investment in solid waste management infrastructure in ...

Intelligent solutions to coating requirements of Irish businesses

As a wind- and sea-battered island on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, outdoor structures in Ireland require a bit of help if they are to function properly and withstand the potentially corrosive nature of the country's changeable weather. Carbon Group, through its Paint & Equipment Division, supplies coatings solutions in Ireland, working to understand customers’ coating requirements and provide the most suitable coatings solutions for their needs. Operating in a wide range of sectors ...

Thermocatalytic biorefining of biomass via the Biofine process

  Author: Dr Stephen Fitzpatrick PhD, founder and chief executive of Biofine Technology LLC  The Biofine process is a high temperature, dilute acid-catalysed rapid hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass. The process cost-effectively refines biomass into four principal products that can be separated and purified for sale: levulinic acid, a versatile platform chemical; formic acid and furfural, which are commodity chemicals; and a carbonaceous ‘bio-char’ consisting of over 60% carbon that can ...

Technical overview: is a wind turbine right for your site?

  Author: Dr Niall McMahon, centre director, Centre for Renewable Energy at Dundalk Institute of Technology (CREDIT) It is important for this discussion to be sure about some important fundamental quantities. Energy is the ability to do work; it is measured in joules (J). Power is the rate at which we use energy and is measured in watts (W). 1W = 1 joule per second (J/s or Js-1). It is usually convenient to measure energy in kilowatt-hours (kWh); a kWh is a unit of electricity. 1 kWh = ...

The development of ICT and energy in Ireland

  Author: David McAuley, R&D programme manager, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Ireland currently houses 135MW of data centres. This accounts for about 3% of national electricity demand and is growing rapidly. The ICT industry worldwide is no stranger to the connection between energy and sustainability, and actively seeks to include renewable supply and efficiency in its portfolio of solutions. So, how can Ireland leverage its proven advantages in these areas to become the ...

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