DCU students are awarded the ESB award for net-zero energy storage engineering


The four DCU students will represent Ireland in the ENGCOMM 2022 competition, taking place online from Montreal in February.

A team of students from Dublin City University (DCU) will represent Ireland at the international engineering and business competition, ENGCOMM 2022, after their team won this year’s ESB Inter-Colleges Challenge.

Mayo men Oisín Ruane, Aodhán O’Donoghue and Cillian Byrnes and Dubliner Odhrán Lang will compete against other universities from around the world in the Montreal final in February. The 2022 final will be streamed virtually from the Canadian city due to Covid-19 safety regulations.

They were instructed by Dr Brian Corcoran of the DCU’s chief of mechanical and manufacturing engineering. Corcoran has coached several university teams in previous ESB Inter-Colleges Challenges, this being the first time one of them has ever won the grand prize.

This year’s Inter-Colleges challenge took place online for Second year in a row. Participants were tested on a wide range of engineering, financial, marketing and teamwork skills. In total 32 students participated. They were challenged to design an energy storage solution to help achieve zero carbon emissions, using the city of Athlone as a test site.

The challenge constrained the choices of the students excluding batteries and hydrogen. The DCU team had to contend with stiff competition from runners-up Munster Technological University and University of Limerick in the final to emerge in first place.

University College Dublin won the Best Innovation Award and Maynooth University took home the Best Commercial Solution (Marketing and Finance) to the event, which was held for two days last week.

The DCU winning team received the McLoughlin trophy today (November 11). The trophy is inspired by UCD and NUIG graduate visionary young Irishman Dr Thomas McLaughlin and his work on the Shannon Scheme.

The ESB Inter-Colleges Challenge has been an ESB fixture since 2014 as part of the company’s initiative to encourage a dialogue between business and engineering. Teams are generally made up of engineering and business students.

After this year’s final, Denis O’Leary, ESB’s Executive Director, Engineering and Major Projects, said: “The quality of the work done by each of the competing teams really demonstrates their ability to think critically and creatively. the challenges Ireland faces. and the energy sector in transitioning to a low carbon future. Each team has worked together incredibly well this year as our event took place online again due to Covid-19. ” .

“I was hugely impressed with the new solutions for large-scale energy storage implementation that each team presented to the panel of experts,” he added, wishing the winners well in the next stage of their competition journey at ENGCOMM. 2022.

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