My Work: In my PhD project I am trying to figure out what will Ireland's energy system look like in the future. Using a computer model I create different scenarios into the future. My PhD project is part of a wider project with different Universities (Queen's University in Belfast, University College Cork and North Carolina State University in the USA). For example if I compare a scenario where our energy system doesn't change too much from what it is now and compare this to a scenario in which we use a lot of renewable energy, so energy from things like solar panels, bioenergy from plants and wind turbines instead of fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel for transport or coal for making electricity it would give us two very different futures. My goal in particular is to find what is the role of electricity for things like heating our homes and business or powering our cars and what are the different challenges to what we call low-carbon energy futures.
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