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About the Speech: 

In this address, Prof. Connolly outlined the steps required in Ireland to transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy. His presentation was based on ‘Green Plan Ireland’, a peer-reviewed scientific study which he authored, showing how Ireland could produce all of its energy needs from renewables resources without increasing the price of energy. Prof. Connolly also addressed the theme of heating, including district heating and heat pumps, which shows what can be done in the short-term.

This event was kindly supported by ESB as part of the 2016 Lecture Series.

About the Speaker:

David Connolly is an Associate Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. His research focuses on the design and assessment of 100% renewable energy systems, with a particular emphasis on the integration of intermittent renewables (such as wind and solar power), district heating, electric vehicles, and the production of alternative fuels for transport. He is the coordinator of the Heat Roadmap Europe series which played a key role in the creation of the EU’s first ever heating and cooling strategy, launched in February 2016.