ERC PhD & Industry Collaborative Day

The PhD students of the Electricity Research Centre (ERC) hosted an event to promote further collaboration with industry. The event aimed to promote a greater understanding of the experiences, and challenges faced by industry members on a day to day basis and the alignment of future PhD research projects with industry needs.

Fundamentally, the ERC PhD & Industry Collaborative (EPIC) Day aims to facilitate discussions and networking with our peers in industry. The event involved a workshop during which there was round-table discussions, dealing with the main issues the power and energy systems face, as well as the issues which are likely to develop in the coming years. The EPIC Day will be the first of many between the PhD students of the ERC and representatives from industry, which will help to build stronger links between PhD students and their industry peers.

Industry members from the following companies were in attendance at the event:

The discussions between PhD students and their industry peers broadly mapped to the following topics:

  • Demand Response – end-user perspective
  • Demand Response – system perspective
  • Offshore Grid Design
  • Distribution Network Modelling
  • Power System Operations/Planning
  • Short-Term Flexibility
  • Energy Economics
  • Stochastic Optimisation

The event will take place in the Pembroke Suite of the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel on Thursday 13/3/2014.


13:30 – 14:00: Registration, coffee & tea.
14:00 – 14:15: Opening Addresses:
By Michael Walsh, Director, Corporate Affairs, Planning and Strategy at EirGrid Plc, and an ERC PhD student representative.
14:15 – 15:00: Round Table Discussions:
PhD students and industry members, at each table, will discuss the issues relevant to their topic. Industry persons will outline the most difficult challenges they are currently facing, and ERC PhD students will outline the work they are doing in that space. All relevant issues will be discussed. Opinions will be expressed, ideas shared, and concepts elaborated upon. Problems will be identified, solutions proposed, and a greater understanding of the challenges facing industry and research participants will be developed. Areas of potential mutual support and benefit will be identified.
15:00 – 15:05: 5 minute coffee & tea break.
15:05 – 16:45: Room Discussions:
A spokesperson from each group will give a 5 minute report to the rest of the attendees about the conclusions made by that table. An open discussion with the rest of the group about these raised points will ensue.
16:45 – 17:15: Networking.
17:15 – 17:30: Closing Remarks:
By Mark O’Malley, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin.
17:30 – 20:00: Buffet dinner.


The event took place in the Pembroke Suite of the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan Rd, Blackrock, County Dublin.

Map to Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel