Find out more about the successful research foundations of NexSys.

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How are ESIPP and Nexsys linked?


ESIPP was the precursor to NexSys and its success has made NexSys possible. NexSys is the next generation of energy systems and expands on ESIPP in its programme scope, the number of institutions and industry partners.

What is ESIPP? 

The focus of ESIPP research was on integrating Energy Systems, such as electricity and gas, along with other infrastructure including data, transport and water. As Energy Systems evolve they are becoming increasingly integrated. This research sought to better understand how the various systems interact, and not only that but to identify ways to optimise the systems and energy use overall.

ESIPP was the flagship programme of the Energy Institute in UCD and brought together a multidisciplinary team of leading researchers from five research institutions across Ireland: UCD, DCU, ESRI, NUI Galway and Trinity College Dublin. The ESIPP programme also incorporated Industry partners and collaborators, to build the capability needed to deliver an integrated energy system in Ireland. 

The main goal of the partnership was to build Energy Systems Integration (ESI) research capacity within Ireland and it achieved this by nurturing research on energy systems integration and training new researchers in the energy field. ESIPP also delivered quality analysis and modelling to inform energy policy development.



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The ESIPP research programme comprised three research strands with 16 different work packages:



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Who was involved in ESIPP?


This programme brought together 5 different research institutes, along with industry partners and collaborators, to build the capability needed to deliver an integrated energy system in Ireland. The collaboration was underpinned by a supportive policy system with active participation by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).


Academic Collaborators: UCD, TCD, NUIG, ESRI and DCU


Industry Partners: AIB, Eirgrid, Ervia, ESB, SSE, Glen Dimplex Ireland


Do industry collaborators need to be listed and what is the difference between the collaborators and partners?


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