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Energy and Design Laboratory

Overview
http://energylab.eeng.dcu.ie/energylab

Vision
• Fundamental and Applied Research

• Design, Modelling and Analysis

• Innovation

Finding The Support
• • • • • • School and Faculty IRCSET Enterprise Ireland QUESTOR Learning Innovation Fund Industry: Intel & Cinergy

Building The Lab
• Infrastructure
• Experiment Workstations

• CAD and Prototyping
• Equipment

• IT

Funded Research Students
• Shane Phelan
– Monitoring and Control of Hybrid & Renewable Energy Systems – PhD Studentship (IRCSET Enterprise)

• Jie Yang
– Energy Monitoring and Management – equipments control and data analysis

– PhD Studentship (IRCSET Enterprise)

Funded Research Students
• Paula Meehan
– Energy Monitoring and System Control – Domestic and Industrial Resource Optimisation – PhD Studentship (Faculty)

• Ahmed al Mousawi
– Solar Plant Modelling and Design Tool – Economic Evaluator – M.Eng Studentship

EcoDryer–Energy Efficient Clothes Dryer Dr. Shane Linnane
• The tumble dryer is the most inefficient device in the modern home • It is estimated that around 480 million kg's of CO2 are produced each year in Ireland as a consequence of clothes drying

Renewable Energy Game Ireland REGITM, Dave White

Simulated Living Area
• Noise on Power Distribution Circuits • Sensor Design & Integration • Energy Mapping & Optimisation • Control

Energy Management System
Client-side Application

DB

Server

Network

...

Remote Server Equipment monitoring and Management

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Sensor data fusion Networking Databasing Analysis Visualisation

Emerging Areas

Questor – Microbial Fuel Cells
Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC’s) for Primary Wastewater Treatment Jointly with Biotechnology 100k Project kick-off Mar 2011

VAWT Prototyping
Design and Prototyping of VAWTs

Computational Simulation

Testing and Analysis
Infrastructure Research Funding
The prototype turbine uses optimally shaped blades which are actively controlled in real time to maintain maximum lift through each rotation. Many existing models lose efficiency as some of their blades move against the airflow

New Projects
• Efficient Refrigeration

• Battery Energy Conservation for Mobile Phones

Spin Out
EcoBike GreenEgg Technologies in association with Global Action Plan Ireland (GAP Ireland) have produced the EcoBike - a pedal powered electrical generator used to demonstrate the concepts of energy efficiency and green living to children and adults in an interactive and fun way. As users pedal, it enables them to power electrical appliances with their legs. The more energy an appliance uses, the harder it is to pedal. Through a touch screen interface, the user can choose between different appliances:

Incandescent (Old Style)

Battery charger

light bulb

/Inverter

Energy Efficient CFL/LED lighting

Sound System

Boil a kettle

Carbon Pump

Partnerships
• • • • • Musgrave Group (Efficient Refrigeration) Fingal Leader Cinergy Intel Questor

Great Innovation Recent M.Eng Projects
• Greg Jackson
– Solar Tracker Experiment.rv – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAvhPxn-AQo

• Eamonn Martin
– Remote Controlled, Hydrogen Powered Car..rv – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjvDtLv_Fss

• Shane Phelan
– Vanadium Redox Flow Battery – http://energylab.eeng.dcu.ie/energylab/battery.jsp

The Big Bang
The beginning of our universe was dominated by high-temperature plasma, and plasma continues to comprise more than 99 %of our visible universe.

“I often looked up at the sky and assed meself the question – what is the moon, what is the stars?” Sean O’Casey, Juno and the Paycock

NanoMaterials
• Plasma Processes
– Nanocrystalline silicon – Low temperature deposition on flexible substrates

• Silicon solar surface texturing • Photoacoustics for PV Cell Efficiency Monitoring • Phase Change Materials