Prof. Mark O'Malley
Photos by Owen Egan and Joni Dufour

Photos by Owen Egan and Joni Dufour

Photos by Owen Egan and Joni Dufour

Energy Systems Integration: a multidisciplinary global imperative for a low-carbon society


An obvious path to a low-carbon economy requires a simultaneous increase in the penetration of variable renewable energy sources and an increase in the efficiency of the energy system overall. This will require the integration of energy vectors (e.g. electricity, fuels, thermal), both physically and organizationally. On May 2nd, 2017, TISED hosted an ICUF James M. Flaherty Lecture wherein Prof. Mark O'Malley guided us through the multidisciplinary maze to achieve a more integrated energy system using examples from around the world. 

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About Mark O'Malley

Mark O'Malley is Professor of Electrical Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD), founding Director of the Electricity Research Centre and Director of the UCD Energy Institute a multidisciplinary, multi institutional, industry supported research activity.  He is recognized as a world authority on Energy Systems Integration and in particular Grid Integration of Renewable Energy.  He has active research collaborations in Europe, the United States (US) and China and is co-founder of the International Institute for Energy Systems Integration.  He has spent sabbaticals in University of Virginia, University of Washington and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  He has received two Fulbright Scholarships (1994 & 1999).  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. 

Mark is a member of the European Academy of Sciences Advisory Council Energy Panel and is the chair of the current Energy Storage Study. He is a member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Wind Power Coordinating Committee, chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Task Force on Capacity Value of Wind and an IEEE distinguished lecturer in the grid integration of renewable energy.  He is currently on the Editorial Boards of the IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, IEEE Power Engineering Letters, Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy and is Consulting Editor on the newly launched Global Challenges Journal.  He is the Irish representative on the International Energy Agency Research Task 25:  Design and Operation of Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind Power and was a lead author with responsibility for integration issues in the recent International Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation.  He has consulted to clients across the world including; the International Energy Agency, the US Department of Energy, US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Energy Foundation and all majors players in the Irish electricity industry.