Brian O´ Gallachóir

Brian O´ Gallachóir

Professor Energy Engineering & Vice-Director

University of Cork & Environmental Research Institute


Brian Ó Gallachóir is Professor of Energy Engineering in University College Cork and Vice-Director of UCC’s Environmental Research Institute. UCC has over 21,000 students and is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world. He is also Director of the national SFI MaREI Centre, a €55M energy and marine-based research, development and innovation hub based in Ireland with 200 researchers and 48 industry partners. Brian is also elected Chair of IEA’s Technology Collaboration Programme on energy systems modelling (IEA-ETSAP).

Brian’s research focus is on building and using integrated energy systems models to inform energy and climate change mitigation policy. He developed the Irish TIMES model that was used to inform Ireland’s Low Carbon and Climate Action Act 2015, Ireland’s Energy White Paper 2015 and Ireland’s National Mitigation Plan 2017. His research has also informed the recent increase in EU renewable energy ambition.

He has published over 80 journal papers and edited two books 3,913 citations and a h-index of 32. Recent publications focus on feasibility of a well-below-2°C world, how energy systems modelling is informing policies and accelerating the energy transition, both in Ireland and the EU. In addition to national energy systems modelling, Brian has also published in regional energy modelling, mobilising local citizen investment in renewables and transport energy demand in Andorra.

Brian has a first class honours BSc Degree in Applied Sciences from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Optimal Design of Wave Energy Devices from University College Cork.

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