NexSys represented at networking event for Women in STEM

As a part of Maths Week, Dr. Michelle Carey represented NexSys to attend the networking event with over 60 participants highlighting the Women in STEM activities at UCD, which took place on 20th October. The event showed talks from the UCD Women at STEM network and the UCD Women+ in STEM Student Society.

Only 25 % of those working in Ireland’s STEM industries are women (Daly, Farrell, Grimson & Smeaton, 2018, p. 2). Many of the higher-paid jobs in Ireland are in engineering and information and computer technology (ICT), so this contributes to the gender pay gap of 13.9% between women’s and men’s average gross hourly earnings, which needed to be changed to meet our gender equality objectives. This event is a part of the communication and engagement strategy to drive this significant change.



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Dr.Michelle Carey:

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District Heating MasterClass with Claus Nielsen

District Heating MasterClass with Claus Nielsen

On Thursday, 29 September 2022, UCD Energy Institute & NexSys, in partnership with Smart Grid Ireland (SGI), hosted a talk on the Future of Heat Generation with Claus Nielsen, Senior Project Manager of Danish multi-utility company DIN Forsyning.


Attended by industry, policy-makers and members of the public, Claus gave attendees an insight to how regions can and should transition from smart grids to a Smart energy system. 


“The energy transition wins through an efficient heating system.” Claus Nielsen



During the talk, Claus gave a presentation to share his experiences as responsible for a new zero carbon district-heating installation in the Danish seaport of Esbjerg, which replaced the city’s coal-fired power plant. The new plant supplies approx 100,000 local people with approximately 235,000 MWh of heat annually.


The installation uses renewable power from nearby wind farms and seawater as a heat source for the generation of heating energy.


Discussion and Q&A session after the presentation covered a wide range of topics relevant to the skills, infrastructure and planning required to achieve such projects.

Professor Andrew Keane delivering the master class

Professor Andrew Keane delivering the master class


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NexSys Energy System and Cities and Communities research Strands:


UCD Energy Institute:


Smart Grid Ireland(SGI):

State of the Art and Research Gaps in Forecasting for the Weather Driven Energy System – Workshop

State of the Art and Research Gaps in Forecasting for the Weather Driven Energy System – Workshop


NexSys supported the International Energy Agency (IEA) Wind Task 51 workshop, which took place on 12 and 13 September 2022 at University College Dublin. NexSys co-Principal Investigator Associate Professor Vikram Pakrashi hosted the workshop and meeting.

This event gathered experts from industry and academia to discuss the forecasting for the Weather Driven Energy System.


This workshop explored developments in the area, including

– details of new products and new developments in weather forecasting for renewable

– data for forecasting, including which parts of the data can be open and how data markets could work.

Because many forecasting models are data-driven, it was discussed that data is developing into a new commodity for both meteorological and power forecasts.


Task 51, under the IEA Implementing Agreement for Co-operation in the Research, Development, and Deployment of Wind Energy Systems (IEA Wind) focuses on improving the value of renewable energy forecasts.


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NexSys Offshore Wind Strand -> 

Associate Professor Vikram Pakrashi ->

International Energy Agency Wind Task 51 ->


NexSys Launches May 2022

NexSys Launches May 2022

In May 2022, Nexsys was officially launched by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris, T.D. Click to see videos at the launch.


Collaborating as a multi-disciplinary team to provide technology development and evidence-based insights into the energy transition through multi-dimensional research and outreach that is focused on equity for energy citizens and practical solutions for industry.

Launching NexSys, Minister Simon Harris said: “I am delighted to announce details of NexSys, a partnership which aims to answer some of the fundamental research questions as part of the transition to net zero.”

See Minister Harris’ comments at the launch here .