Mark J. O’Malley
Mark O’Malley is Chief Scientist, Energy Systems Integration and Senior Research Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA.
He is on sabbatical from University College Dublin where he
holds the Chair of Electrical Engineering. He was the founding
director of the International Institute for Energy Systems
Integration which evolved into the Energy Systems Integration
Group where he chairs the Research and Education Working Group.
In 2017 he was the James M. Flaherty Visiting Professor at
McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
He is a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineers, member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and has received two Fulbright Fellowships. Mark is recognized as a world authority on Energy Systems Integration and Grid Integration of Renewable Energy.
Title of his talk
Modelling Challenges for Energy Systems Integration – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Energy System is transforming, based in large part on the introduction of renewable energy integration into the electricity grid. However, this is only a start of the transition as we strive towards sustainability. The other sectors, transport, heat/cooling are not as amenable to renewable energy technologies and electrification of these is an emerging trend. Sustainability however does not only mean reduction in greenhouse gases from the energy sector but should include e.g. clean water which probably needs energy. The energy system needs to exist in harmony within a social and cultural context. Therefore, we need to look holistically at the design and operation of the energy system in a broader sustainable world. The consequences for energy systems modelling can be significant. Some examples will be given to highlight some points and some future directions will be proposed.
Professor Neil Strachan is an interdisciplinary energy economist. He is the Director of the University College London UCL Energy Institute, where he is Professor of Energy Economics and Modelling.
He received his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from
Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. At the UCL Energy Institute,
Neil's research interests revolve around energy-environment-economic
modelling, the quantification of scenarios and transitions pathways,
and interdisciplinary issues in energy economics and policy.
Over the last 10 years he has been principal or co-investigator on research projects worth £15 million. This included as principal investigator of the Whole Systems Energy Modelling Consortium (wholeSEM), the UK's ground breaking multi-institution initiative to develop, integrate and apply state-of-the-art energy models. He is the author of 50 peer reviewed journal papers, and over 100 book chapters and technical reports.
He has led a decadal collaboration applying energy systems models to underpin UK Governmental energy policy analysis. He was a lead author of the Energy Systems chapter of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report. He is a non-executive director of the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC).
Title of his talk
Modelling societal and governance drivers within an techno-economic energy systems context