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Particulars

I am a Reader in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Editor in Chief of Elsevier’s Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, a member of the Editorial Board of Elsevier’s Renewable Energy and an Editorial Panel member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Proceedings in Transport. I have a BE(Hons) (1996) in Civil Engineering and a PhD (2011) in Energy Engineering from University College Cork and an MScEng (1999) in Environmental & Transportation Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. I have a h-index of 22 (Scopus), 19 (Web of Science) and 23 (Google Scholar). I have published 38 international peer reviewed journal articles and more than 50 conference papers.

I returned to academia in 2009 after 12 years in industry. Prior to joining the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in Queen’s University Belfast in 2011, I worked in the School of Engineering in University College Cork as a Lecturer and an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Research Fellow. While in industry I worked for ESB International, Siemens, PM Group and SWS Energy primarily in projects in the energy, waste, pharmaceutical and telecommunications.

My research income includes competitive national and international awards (e.g. EPSRC, US-Ireland SFI NSF DfE & EC H2020) and industry funding (e.g. Carbon Trading Ltd., SSE) totalling £2.3M (ownership £854k since 2010). To date I have supervised 1 PhD to completion as First Supervisor, 3 PhDs as Co-supervisor and I collaborated strongly on a further 2 PhD’s. I previously co-supervised 3 PDRAs with Prof. Kang Li (formerly EEECS now University of Leeds). My group currently consists of 2 PhD candidates as First Supervisor, 2 as lead Co-supervisor with my colleague Prof. D John Morrow in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS), and a further 2 as Co-supervisor with Dr Tim Littler also in EEECS and Dr Beatrice Smyth in my School. I currently work with 2 PDRA who report to Prof. Morrow.

Research Interests

I am interested in the global sustainable energy transition, smart cities and transport systems. Another interest is the food energy water (FEW) nexus considering extreme weather events, global warming and the environment. A theme in my research interests, greenhouse gas emissions, energy economic and energy policy regulatory aspects in developed and developing countries.

Research Statement

I have three research areas under the ‘Clean Energies’ theme in my School; wind power integration, power and gas systems and transport electrification. Specific topics includes turbine performance, life cycle analysis, wind power forecasting, unit commitment modelling, power from biogas, levelised cost of energy, demand response using intelligent ICT, energy storage, microgrids and electric vehicles, battery modelling and drive cycle analysis.

My research objective is efficiency and robustness for a sustainable energy future. As a result my work is interdisciplinary and I collaborate closely with the ‘Energy, Power and Intelligent Control (EPIC)’ research cluster in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) and the Bryden Centre for Advance Marine & Bio-energy Research in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering led by Professor David Rooney.

Finally, I have been External Examiner to 6 PhD thesis and on 1 Habilitation Commission for Docent Assoc. Prof. in Cardiff University, Dublin City University and the University of the West of Scotland and the Brno University of Technology.

Teaching

I am Stage 3 Advisor of Studies (2015 to date). I am the School elected member of the School Management Board (2017 to date). I am also a panel member of the University Central Student Appeals Committee (2016 to date). Typically I supervise up to 6 undergraduate projects annually.

I have supervised over 40 undergraduate dissertations to completion. I am External Examiner for the Energy Systems Engineering degrees in NUI Galway. I Chaired Engineers Ireland Accreditation Panel for the Mechanical Engineering degrees in Dublin City University (2016). I was a Member of Engineers Ireland Accreditation Panel for the Energy Systems Engineering degrees for NUI Galway (2015).

Current module/role:

  • MEE7029 Sustainable Energy Systems – Module coordinator and primary instructor
  • MEE3064 Transportation Power and Systems 3 – Secondary instructor
  • MEE4040 Project 4 – Supervise my final year MEng individual projects
  • MEE3030 Project 3B – Supervise my final year BEng individual projects
  • MEE1011 Laboratory Programme 1 – Assess and advise my Stage 1 tutees in completing their Laboratory reports

Previous module/role:

  • MEE3057 Renewable Energy Technologies – Module coordinator and primary instructor
  • MEE3063 Sustainable Transportation Systems 3 – Module coordinator and primary instructor
  • MEE4038/MEE7013 Sustainable Transportation Systems – Module coordinator and primary instructor

Achievements

MembershipsProfessional qualifications:

  • Chartered Engineer (2001)
  • Fellow, Engineers Ireland (2012)
  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (2009)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Authority (HEA) in the United Kingdom (2013)
  • Diploma Applied Project Management, Inst. of Project Management (2002)

Other achievements and distinctions include:

  • Editor in Chief, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2018 to date)
  • Co-Editor in Chief, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (2017)
  • Editor (Wind), Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (2014 to 2016)
  • Most Cited Paper Award, Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) Conferences and Elsevier (2017)
  • Best Paper Nomination, IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meet, Denver, Colorado, USA (2015)
  • Best Paper Award, Elsevier’s Renewable Energy, Recognition as first author on a top cited paper contributing to Renewable Energy’s 2014 Impact Factor (2014)
  • A review article ranked in Science Direct’s Top 25, Hottest Articles in 2013 to date, also a Scopus highly cited paper (>500 citations)
  • 3 original research articles awarded Scopus highly cited paper with 135 citations, 135 citations and 104 citations respectively
  • Early Career Researcher Travel Award, EU COST Action (2011)
  • Leonardo da Vinci programme Masters Scholarship, Trinity College Dublin (1996)

Other

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Sustain NI (2017)
  • Member of Engineers Ireland Northern Region Committee (2012 to date)
  • Full College Member, Peer Review Panel, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (2017 to date)

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Projects 2012 2018

Selected Research Output 2009 2019

23 Citations (Scopus)

Impact of offshore wind power forecast error in a carbon constraint electricity market

Higgins, P., Foley, A. M., Douglas, R. & Li, K., 01 Nov 2014, In : Energy. 76, p. 187-197

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wind power
Carbon
Costs
Power markets
Scheduling
71 Citations (Scopus)

The evolution of offshore wind power in the United Kingdom

Higgins, P. & Foley, A., Sep 2014, In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 37, p. 599-612 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wind power
Offshore wind farms
Costs
Electricity
56 Citations (Scopus)

A long-term analysis of pumped hydro storage to firm wind power

Foley, A. M., Leahy, P. G., Li, K., McKeogh, E. J. & Morrison, A. P., 01 Jan 2015, In : Applied Energy. 137, p. 638-648

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

wind power
Wind power
Economics
market
Dynamic programming
136 Citations (Scopus)

Climate change response in Europe: What's the reality? Analysis of adaptation and mitigation plans from 200 urban areas in 11 countries

Reckien, D., Flacke, J., Dawson, R. J., Heidrich, O., Olazabal, M., Foley, A., Hamann, JJ-P., Orru, H., Salvia, M., de Gregorio Hurtado, S., Geneletti, D. & Pietrapertosa, F., Jan 2014, In : Climatic Change. 122, 1-2, p. 331-340 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

mitigation
urban area
climate change
greenhouse gas
self assessment
60 Citations (Scopus)

Impacts of compressed air energy storage plant on an electricity market with a large renewable energy portfolio

Foley, A. & Díaz Lobera, I., 01 Aug 2013, In : Energy. 57, p. 85-94 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Energy storage
Gas emissions
Greenhouse gases
Supply chains
Power markets
39 Citations (Scopus)

Addressing the technical and market challenges to high wind power integration in Ireland

Foley, A., Ó Gallachóir, B. P., McKeogh, E. J., Milborrow, D. & Leahy, P. G., 2013, In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 19, p. 692-703 11 p., 19.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wind power
Gas plants
Electric vehicles
Farms
Reinforcement
592 Citations (Scopus)

Current methods and advances in forecasting of wind power generation

Foley, A. M., Leahy, P. G., Marvuglia, A. & McKeogh, E. J., Jan 2012, In : Renewable Energy. 37, 1, p. 1-8

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Wind power
Power generation
Uncertainty analysis
Benchmarking
Energy storage
20 Citations (Scopus)

Wind generation output during cold weather-driven electricity demand peaks in Ireland

Leahy, P. G. & Foley, A. M., Mar 2012, In : Energy. 39, 1, p. 48-53

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Electricity
Space heating
Wind power
Cooling
Temperature

Prizes

Best Paper Nomination, IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meet, Denver, Colorado, USA

Juan Yan (Recipient), Kang Li (Recipient), Erwei Bai (Recipient) & Aoife Foley (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Other distinction

Early Career Researcher Travel Award, European Union COST Action

Aoife Foley (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Jose Maria Sarriegi Major Catastrophe Research Award Awarded by Fundación Aon España and the Catastrophe Observatory (Spain)

Diana Riecken (Recipient), Monica Salvia (Recipient), Oliver Heidrich (Recipient), Church Jon Marco (Recipient), Filomena Pietrapertosa (Recipient), Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado (Recipient), Valentina D’Alonzo (Recipient), Aoife Foley (Recipient), Sofia G. Simoes (Recipient), Eliška Krkoška Lorencová (Recipient), Kati Orru (Recipient), Anja Wejs (Recipient), Johann Flacke (Recipient), Marta Olazabal (Recipient), David Geneletti (Recipient), Efrén Feliu (Recipient), Sergiu Vasilie (Recipient), Cristiana Nador (Recipient), Anna Krook-Riekkola (Recipient), Marko Matosoviću (Recipient), Paris A. Fokaides (Recipient), Byron I. Ioannou (Recipient), Alexandros Flamos (Recipient), Niki-Artemis Spyridaki (Recipient), Mario V. Balzan (Recipient), Orsolya Fülöp (Recipient), Ivan Paspaldzhiev (Recipient), Stelios Grafakos (Recipient) & Richard J. Dawson (Recipient), 07 Nov 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

File
urban planning
honors and awards
Salvia
cleaners
Spain

Activities 2009 2020

Invited keynote speaker, 2020 2nd International Conference on Smart Power & Internet Energy Systems (SPIES 2020), Bangkok, Thailand

Aoife Foley (Invited speaker)
Jun 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

EU COST Actions (External organisation)

Aoife Foley (Member)
Nov 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

Renewable Transformation Challenge (External organisation)

Aoife Foley (Member)
Jul 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

University College Dublin (External organisation)

Aoife Foley (Member)
29 Aug 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

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