Dr. Tom O'Connor Dr. Tom O’Connor

The late Dr. Tom O’Connor was an enthusiastic supporter of NUIG Energy night from the very beginning and presented the award at last year’s event.

Energy systems lecturer Rory Monaghan says: ‘Due to his legacy as an early pioneer and his enthusiasm and support for the student energy community, we decided to name the annual prize for best student research poster at the annual Energy Night conference in his honour.’

Dr. O’Connor graduated in physics from UCD. In 1956, after a period of research in the Meteorology and Geophysics Section of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, he joined the then Department of Physics in UCG where he initiated a research programme in Atmospheric and Environmental Physics. After the Department had moved to its current premises in 1973 he led a project on wind energy with local industrialists.

As a member of the NUIG Environmental Energy Utilisation group he collaborated with the New University of Ulster in Coleraine, the ESB and industrial interests on an investigation of the use of air-source heat pumps for domestic space and water heating.

He was involved with the Solar Energy Society of Ireland from its formation in the 1970s and from 1980 to 1991 he ran an annual seminar in Galway on several aspects of renewable energy.

In more recent times he had been involved in thermal comfort studies in connection with research and teaching in Occupational Hygiene. Dr. O'Connor passed away in November 2012.

Ryan Institute

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.

As always, the event is free of charge and all are welcome. You can also follow us on twitter at @nuigenergynight, like us on Facebook and connect with us on LinkedIn or email energy@socs.nuigalway.ie.

Energy Night is kindly sponsored by NUI Galway College of Engineering and Informatics and the The Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research.
NUI Galway Energy Night 2014
Thursday 13th February
16:00   Engineering Building Tours
17:00   Careers Seminar
18:00   Research Poster Showcase
19:00   Panel Discussion on Wind Energy