Seminar 5: Sustainability

  • AM Session : SUSTAINABILITY
    • March 3, 2016
      • 9:30 am - 9:45 amMenelaos Ioannidis - Director, Lightsource LabsPresentation Title : Shaping the new energy space Presentation Synopsis: Lightsource Labs is the innovation arm of Lightsource Renewables. We are developing cutting edge technology for the upcoming transformation of the energy markets. The combination of procumers based distributed generation with smarter grids along with innovative financing tools create new disruptive business models. Utilities will face competition from many side markets to keep their customers in the residential, commercial and industrial segments of the market. Technologies like solar, storage, EVs, IoT, big data, fast analytics and artificial intelligence are shaping an impressive, fast moving but complex energy ecosystem. Lightsource Labs is acting as an accelerator for players who are willing to thrive in the new energy space.
      • 9:45 am - 10:00 amDarragh Gaffney - R&D Manager, Monaghan BiosciencesPresentation Title: Monaghan Biosciences – Investing in a sustainable future Presentation Synopsis: Part of the Monaghan Mushrooms Group, Monaghan Biosciences is spearheading R&D activity in the area of the Biofuels and Renewable Energy. Specifically, the business is involved in the development of enzyme technology which will facilitate the release of sugars from waste biomass. The presentation will focus around significant developments to date and personal observations on accessing national and European funding.
      • 10:00 am - 10:15 amStephen Walsh - ‎Planning & Research Consultant, Future Analytics Presentation Title: “Enhancing Societal Resilience in European Urban Infrastructure” Speaker Bio: Stephen Walsh BA(Hons) MPlan MSc MIPI AIED works as a Planning and Research Consultant with Future Analytics Consulting Ltd, based in Fitzwilliam Square. Stephen’s role with Future Analytics Consulting encompasses a wide remit of areas including spatial planning, urban resilience, housing an older population and research on emerging paradigms of sustainable energy provision. Prior to his commencement with Future Analytics Consulting Ltd, Stephen worked as Planning Projects Officer with the Irish Planning Institute, the professional body representing the majority of town planners working in Ireland. Stephen project managed the Institute’s participation in the Intelligent Energy Europe funded “Spatial Planning and Energy for Communities in All Landscapes” (SPECIAL) project. Stephen is a qualified Town Planner and Corporate member of the Irish Planning Institute and is an Associate member of the Institute of Economic Development.
      • 10:20 am - 10:50 amCoffee Break and Networking
      • 10:50 am - 11:05 amRodger O’Connor- Gas NetworksPresentation Title: Innovation in the Irish Energy Sector. Presentation Synopsis: With increasing energy import costs, a drive to reduce emissions and a movement towards more sustainable ways of doing business there comes the opportunity to embrace new practices, new technologies and new solutions through innovation. GNI are seeking to foster innovation in the Irish Energy Sector by supporting the research and deployment of sustainable gas solutions. Through the Innovation Fund, GNI support the search for new ways to generate sustainable gas, promote new technologies and identify alternative sectors for sustainable growth in Ireland. The actions currently supported by GNI include research into biogas production in Ireland and the deployment of gas as a transport fuel. Through this presentation GNI will explore the opportunities for innovation in the Irish Energy Sector in terms of scale and technological area.
      • 11:05 am - 11:20 amDr Hubert (Hugh) Henry - Head of Innovation and R&D, Bord na Mona Plc.Presentation Title: ‘Building a market led approach to Innovation in businesses’ Presentation Synopsis: This presentation outlines Bord na Móna’s approach to Market led Innovation management as a key enabler in BnM becoming a new sustainable and more responsible company for the betterment of all its stakeholders. In particular the organisations transition from traditional businesses, heavily dependent on peat and fossil fuels, to a new, more sustainable businesses focused on better resource recovery, renewable energy, biomass and sustainable space heating is discussed.
      • 11:20 am - 11:35 amMarc Buckley - Adaptive NutritionPresentation Title: A New ERA of Sustainability in the Food and Beverage Industry. Presentation Synopsis: Complete Sustainable Production/Manufacturing Solutions: Economically, Organically and Technically. Net Zero, CO2 Neutral, Renewables (Solar Wind, Hydro), Energy Storage (TESLA PowerPacks), Waste Management, Vertical Farming, Recycling Resources, Recyclable Packaging, etc…
      • 11:35 am - 11:50 amMark Heaton - Go Gas RenewablesPresentation Title: Microsystems and Nanotechnology
      • 11:50 am - 12:05 pmRonan Doorley – Doctoral Researcher, Trinity College DublinPresentation Title: Pervasive urban pollution sensing with low-cost mobile sensors. Presentation Synopsis: Traditionally urban air quality has been measured by sparse networks of fixed-site monitors with numerical dispersion models being used to estimate pollution levels between measurement sites. This approach has significant limitations, particularly in quantifying personal exposures and identifying pollution “hotspots”. However, recent advances in sensor technology, GPS receivers and low-power electronics make possible the measurement of urban pollution concentrations at high spatial and temporal resolution. This presentation will describe the development of a low-cost mobile environmental sensing node capable of accurately measuring concentrations of gases (NOx, CO, NO2) and particulates (PM1, PM2.5, PM10) in real time. Recent applications of the technology to exposure monitoring of urban pedestrians and cyclists will also be described.
      • 12:05 pm - 12:20 pmRoss Campbell - Cyber ColloidsPresentation Title: From food waste to functional fibres and fat replacers.
      • 12:20 pm - 1:20 pmLunch and Networking
      • 1:20 pm - 1:35 pmDr. Maria Hayes - Research Officer, TeagascPresentation Title: “Waste not, want not: By-product and resource utilisation in the food industry” Presentation Synopsis: This presentation will focus on the potential utilisation and applications of by-product or co-products and underutilised resources from the marine and meat processing sectors. Challenges in relation to ingredient generation and utilisation will be outlined and potential solutions proposed.
      • 1:35 pm - 1:50 pmJohn Breslin - General Manager, SmartBay Ireland LtdPresentation Title: SmartBay the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site – A marine test bed for research, innovation to underpin the blue economy. Presentation Synopsis: Irelands test facility for marine Technologies is facilitating the development of innovative approaches to energy, sensing and data management/visualisation technologies through sensor and equipment deployments in a real-world marine environment. SmartBay comprises a suite of surface and subsea technology platforms including a network of buoys and a cabled underwater observatory against which new technologies can be validated. The building of this unique facility will be described and examples of how observing systems can be used to develop decision support tools which have direct applications within different maritime sectors described. Current projects in which the SmartBay infrastructure is being used to test novel innovative multifunctional sensors for in-situ monitoring of the marine environment and the generation of power from ocean waves will be described. The facility is being used to develop future industry driven projects to trial and develop sensor-driven planned maintenance of underwater equipment and the control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. The impacts of these activities on the development of an indigenous supply chain and the potential to develop new and innovative Irish led technologies for the blue economy will be described.
      • 1:50 pm - 2:05 pmKieran Nolan - Head of School, Chemical Sciences, DCUPresentation Title: Novel Materials for Wastewater Treatment Presentation Synopsis: Detergents, dyes, pesticides, herbicides and pharmaceuticals in the environment in recent years. At the same timThere has been a growing awareness of the existence of micro-pollutants such as e, conventional ‎water and wastewater treatments such as adsorption, ozonation, UV and bio-degradation can only partially remove many of these micro-pollutants from treated water. Semiconductor photocatalysis using titanium dioxide (TiO2) has also been very well researched due to the potential of complete degradation of organic compounds and the minimization of waste disposal and energy consumption. However, TiO2 also has limitations, not least the requirement for UV light and small particle sizes which can impede the application of this technology in industrial wastewater treatment processes. To overcome the present disadvantages of TiO2, different TiO2 nanostructures (nanoparticle, nanotube, nanowire and mesoporous beads) were developed and their effectiveness in removing various pharmaceuticals and pesticides from water were evaluated. Results of these experiments will be presented along with new concepts for the application of these materials in real world environments.
      • 2:05 pm - 2:20 pmTony Ward - Head of FundraisingPresentation Title: Outline of content for Research and Innovation conference. Presentation Synopsis: Experience of losing one’s sight and challenges for people in Ireland Why research is so important and the progress that has been made in 30 years The important role of patient organisation involvement, especially in medical research The commitment of organisations like Fighting Blindness The cost of blindness and how things can be different in the future.
      • 2:25 pm - 2:55 pmCoffee Break and Networking
      • 3:05 pm - 3:20 pmDr. Frances Lucy - Director of the Centre for Research Innovation and Sustainability (CERIS), IT SligoPresentation Title: To the Waters and the Wild: Environmental Research at IT Sligo. Presentation Synopsis: At IT Sligo, the Centre for Environmental Research Innovation and Sustainability (CERIS) provides a resource for key applied national and international research needs in Applied Ecology and Resource Management. Our expertise includes management of invasive species and high nature value grassland, innovative research on marine and freshwater algae, wastewater treatment optimisation, zooarchaeology and fungal biotechnology. We also focus on renewable energies and sustainable transport systems (https://itsligo.ie/research-innovation/research-welcome/research-centres-and-groups/ceris/). This presentation will scope various CERIS outputs including research, policy and stakeholder engagement.
      • 3:20 pm - 3:35 pm Eric Robson- Data Mining & Social Computing Manager, TSSG Presentation Title: Driving sustainable food production with Precision Agriculture Presentation Synopsis: Over the last number of years, the use of ICT, particularly Internet of Things (IoT) technologies has been strongly advocated for in the area of Agriculture under the umbrella of Precision Farming. Continuous monitoring and automations are the two typical reasons for deployment of an IoT system within a farming environment. It is expected that the use of the IoT increase sustainability of modern farming, ensure its growth necessary to meet the ever growing food demand. Meanwhile, Agri-ICT yet requires further development. Majority of the available systems are siloed solutions, which significantly complicates their on-farm management. At the same time, the amount of data generated by such solutions is often hard for on-farm interpretation due to its overwhelming volume and variety. Typically, understanding of this data requires Big-Data analytics. This talk gives an overview of the research activities carried out by TSSG within the area of Agricultural ICT aiming to both bring the existing siloed solutions together and develop tools to gain intelligent insight from their data
      • 3:35 pm - 3:50 pmLiam McCarton & Dr. Sean O Hogain - Lecturers, DITPresentation Title: Nature Based Solutions (NBS) within a post climate change environment. Presentation Synopsis: The circular economy (CE) prioritises the concepts of resource recovery and resilience within water resource management. The CE, operating within planetary boundaries, is waste free and resilient and is by design restorative of ecosystems. Nature Based Solutions (NBS) can form an integral component of this new approach. A range of case studies in the fields of climate change adaption, water and wastewater treatment, resource recovery and reuse and restoring ecosystems will be presented and discussed.
      • 3:50 pm - 4:05 pmWilliam O’Halloran - Chairperson, Leave No Trace IrelandPresentation Title: The relevance of research within Leave No Trace Ireland. Presentation Synopsis:About Leave No Trace in Ireland Why research is needed to underpin the Leave No Trace message in Ireland Some examples of how we carry out research in Leave No Trace Ireland The importance of research being supported by our volunteers and partners
      • 4:05 pm - 4:20 pm