UCD is the largest university in Ireland, with 30,000 students, 1,600 academic staff across a range of disciplines, 1,750 PhD students and 3,400 Masters students, producing 25% of Irish PhD graduates each year. UCD is ranked 161st in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking; ranking in the top 200 universities worldwide, and ranked 65th in Europe. UCD has won €454 million in research contracts over the last 5 years from various funding agencies. The university’s impact rating in publications has increased to 56% above the world average from 2004-2013, with the number of publications more than doubling in the same period.Logo_UCD

UCD’s major strategic research themes are:

Energy and Environment, (ii) Agri-Food, (iii) Culture, Economy and Society, (iv) Health and (v) Information, Computation and Communications.

The Electricty Research Centre at University College Dublin (UCD) is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, industry supported research centre (http://erc.ucd.ie). The ERC is an integral part of the UCD Energy Institute (http://www.ucd.ie/energy).

The ERC tackles fundamental and applied research questions underpinning the development of a sustainable electrical energy system and is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence in the field of modelling and analysis of power systems, electricity markets, policy and regulation. The ERC team consists of more than 60 people and has secured in excess of €25 million in funding to date. In the current project, University College Dublin will perform tasks related to the development of thermal models in WP 2 as well as integration of these models in WP3. These tasks overlap very well with the core competence of UCD, which combines expertise on thermal energy end use modelling in demand response applications.

Key personnel

Donal Finn – donal.finn@ucd.ie