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ASHRAE and CIGRE Ireland - Young Member Showcase & Flexibility in the Irish Energy System

  • Date(s)
    Monday, 21 October 2019
  • Time(s)
    From 9:00 AM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

About the event

This event consists of a showcase CIGRE Young Member Showcase and Flexibility workshop in association with UCD ASHRAE chapter. The YM showcase is a CIGRE NGN initiative which gives any CIGRE young member a chance to present their latest research and win an all expense paid trip to the CIGRE Paris session 2020. Following the showcase there will be an afternoon of panel discussion by some of the Industry leaders discussing the 'Current and Future Challenges for Demand Response Implementation and other means of enhancing power system Flexibility'.

Event details

09:00 – 09:30: Registration (Tea/ Coffee)

09:30 – 09:45: Opening Speech and Welcome

09:45 – 12:15: CIGRE Young Member Showcase

12:15 – 13:00: Lunch and Networking

13:00 – 13:30: “Making Flexibility a Reality – what we can learn from other regions?” by Marie Hayden, VP of European Business Development - Smartwires.
Marie is responsible for Smart Wires business development in Europe and Australia. Before joining Smart Wires, Marie held a number of senior management positions in EirGrid. Marie was Chair of the Irish nation Committee of CIGRE from 2012-2016 and also chaired the Dublin Symposium Organising Committee in 2017

13:30 – 14:30: “Panel Session: Current and Future Challenges for Demand Response Implementation” chaired by Lisa Ryan, SEAI board member and Assistant Professor in UCD.

The current growth on the share of renewable energy resources is expected to increase the value of demand response mechanisms. Demand response can provide additional flexibility to the system, helping to cope with unforeseen changes in generation, reduce electricity prices volatility and improve the overall reliability and efficiency of the power system. However, there exist numerous challenges that impede an immediate deployment of demand response strategies. For instance, demand response aggregators will have to coordinate their actions with the requirements of the power system, with the needs of their customers and with the operation of the underlying distribution network. Consequently, new practical frameworks that facilitate the integration of transmission system operators, distribution system operators, aggregators and end-sue customers are most likely required. This panel session will aim at discussing experiences and identifying outstanding obstacles that the full realisation of demand response mechanisms will encounter from the perspective of different system participants.

Lisa Ryan is a lecturer in energy economics in UCD School of Economics since 2016. Previously she held positions as an energy economist in the International Energy Agency, Comhar Sustainable Development Council and as an analyst at Volkswagen AG.


Clare Duffy - Network Development and Electrification Manager, ESB Networks
Clare is responsible for ESB distribution planning activities and for innovation that is focused on increasing the penetration of renewables and distributed energy resources in distribution systems. Clare is also a member of the Council of Engineers Ireland.

Muiris Flynn – Chief Technical Director, Glen Dimplex
Muiris currently managed R&D teams for a number of different product categories for Glen Dimplex. He is a mechanical engineering graduate of UCD and has worked with the Glen Dimplex Group since 1992 in a number of development and operational roles.

Barry Cullen – Head of Customer Success and Innovation Lead, Enel X
Barry overseas the many aspects of the customer success journey with Enel X, the largest DSU operator in Ireland and world leader in grid flexibility solutions. His path has encompassed innovation activities across the academic, start-up and corporate spheres, giving him a unique insight into the energy innovation landscape.

Diarmaid Gillespie – Head of System Support, EirGrid Group
Diarmaid’s responsibilities in EirGrid include commissioning and testing of unites connecting to the power system, system tariffs, power system restoration, system services management and performance monitoring. He has been with EirGrid since 2002 and has held different senior positions across the Operations, Planning and Innovation function.


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