Energy in Ireland – Local Wellbeing, National Priorities, Global Challenges
Ireland’s largest and longest-running student-run energy event takes place in NUI Galway’s New Engineering Building on Thursday 13th February.
Last year’s event ‘Energising Ireland – What are our Options?’ received praise from academia, industry and the public for its engaging and thorough debate on Ireland’s potential future energy sources.
For 2014, Energy Night aims to examine the impact, conflicts and opportunities that arise in local communities through the development of large-scale energy projects of national importance. This is a highly topical subject, which is reflected in the current debates over wind farm development and transmission network expansion.
Energy Night commences at 4 pm on Thursday 13th February with guided tours of NUI Galway’s state-of-the-art award winning Engineering Building, which itself is one of the country’s finest examples of modern, visually striking, energy efficient design.
Following this, a ‘Careers in Energy’ seminar will be held from 5pm to 6pm. Several speakers from top companies will deliver presentations to students on the various employment opportunities available in the energy and energy-related sector.
From 6pm to 7pm a Student Energy Research Showcase will be held in the Foyer, which will feature posters highlighting cutting-edge energy research currently underway at NUI Galway and beyond.
Energy Night’s main event, the Panel Discussion entitled “Energy in Ireland – Local Wellbeing, National Priorities, Global Challenges” will begin at 7pm and feature Gabriel D’Arcy, Chief Executive Officer at Bord na Móna; Mike de Jong of CREWE (Communities for Responsible Engagement with Wind Energy); and John Fogarty, Co-Director of Templederry Wind Farm, which is one of Ireland’s only community-run wind farms. The discussion will include a lengthy Q&A session with active participation of the audience.
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Energy Night is kindly sponsored by NUI Galway College of Engineering and Informatics and the The Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research.