Energy Management

The EU’s climate targets and the accompanying decarbonisation of the energy system must entail a profound transformation of the building stock. Buildings account for more than 1/3 of Europe’s total greenhouse gas emissions while 40% of Europe’s energy consumption goes to heating our buildings. Raising the energy performance and intelligence of future and existing buildings is not only one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce defossilisation of energy demand, reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions and support the transition to a low-carbon society, but it is also an effective way to create investment, growth and job opportunities. The European Clean Energy Package pushes for more ambitious approaches to energy efficiency propelled by coordinate research and innovation.

At UCD Energy Institute, we are focused on delivering energy modelling solutions for the built environment. The approaches used are based on measured data from real residential or commercial buildings to develop mathematical models, data platforms and analytical tools to enable assessments of low carbon energy solutions and the integration of energy systems with the built environment. This work advances the areas of:

  • Innovative demand response (DR) services for residential and commercial applications
  • The value proposition of multi-utility consolidation to mitigate peak electrical loads
  • Integration of low energy technologies (heat pumps, low-temperature systems,  energy storage technologies, onsite generation) into residential and commercial building stock
  • Energy flexibility assessment of demand response measures in buildings
  • Evaluation of retrofit measures for a low carbon energy future
  • Application of machine learning for improved system integration of smart energy technologies and analysis of building and urban energy data
  • Integration of improved behavioural models for demand prediction of intelligent energy technologies
  • Novel data transformation methodologies to enable widespread usability of energy modelling tools and techniques