Energy Theatre


Wednesday 5th April Timetable

  • 11.00 - 11.45

    Energy in Ireland - An Overview of Energy Trends

    This session is ideal for anyone with an interest in Ireland's energy data - where we get our energy from and where it is used.

    A sectoral analysis will be presented on energy trends over a 24 year period, looking at underlying drivers,  what progress Ireland had made in switching away from fossil fuels to renewable and sustainable energy sources and progress towards Government and EU renewable energy targets.

    Martin Howley, SEAI
  • 12.00 - 12.45

    Sustainable Energy Awards - Success Stories and 2017 Programme Outline

    This session will give an overview of SEAI’s Sustainable Energy Awards programme and highlight some of the recent winners and their success stories.

    This session is ideal for businesses, public bodies or communities who have excelled in energy efficient or renewable energy projects and would like an opportunity to get recognition and profile for their work. 


    - Briefing on Awards categories and application process 2017 - Ivan Sproule, SEAI

    - Leading the way in sustainable energy - Paul Walsh – Energy Lead J&J Campus Ireland, Winner of the Leadership Award 2016

    - Innovate to save energy - Mark Dwan/Pearse O’Shiel, Camphill Communities of Ireland, Winner of the Community Award 2016

  • 13.00 - 13.45

    Product of the Show Awards Presentation

    The Product of the Show Awards were open to all exhibitors at the Energy Show 2017 and this ceremony will acknowledge the finalists and announce the successful award winners across five categories. Over the years the Energy Show Product Awards have championed innovative product developments which incorporate smart energy solutions. Drop by to see the latest leading lights in sustainable energy.

  • 14.00 -14.45

    Wood Fuel Quality Assurance (WFQA)  - Delivering Quality, Sustainable and Efficient Wood Fuel for Commercial and Domestic Consumers

    Aimed at both commercial and domestic users of wood fuel this session encompasses the modern wood fuel industry which serves all heat users from large commercial boilers using hundreds of tonnes of woodchip per day, to homes heated with firewood stoves. Central to the efficient use of wood fuel, is ensuring wood fuel is produced to the correct quality.

    The session will detail the benefits of the WFQA standard for suppliers, end users and the community. The recent Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) consultation response to Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment has named the WFQA as a means to ensure quality wood is used in the RHI scheme. The speakers in this session will detail how suppliers of wood fuel (firewood, pellets and woodchips) can become members and why end users should only use WFQA approved fuels.

    Dr Ger Devlin,  CEO, Irish Bioenergy Association

    Des O’ Toole, Biomass Business Development Manager, Coillte

  • 15.00 - 15.45

    Energy Auditing for Businesses and Launch of SEAI’s new Energy Audit Handbook.

    The overall session objective is to inform attendees about benefits of energy auditing for businesses.

    In particular, it will discuss:

    - Why your organisation should have an energy audit?

    - The benefits of using energy audits

    - How to identify opportunities through an energy audit

    - EED/SI 426 -  Obligations & key things you need to know

    - The launch of SEAI’s new Energy Audit Handbook

    - Who it’s for, what it does & how to use it

    This session is ideal for all businesses, public sector bodies and consultants, including auditors.

    Ivan Sproule, SEAI

  • 16.00 - 16.45

    Low Emission Vehicles in Ireland – On the Road to Clean Transport

    The objective of this session is to help people quickly adapt and prepare for coming changes in low emission vehicles. These changes are being implemented across the spectrum which includes passenger vehicles, van, trucks and buses.  

    This session is ideal for fleet owners, logistics, consumers and transport companies including taxi drivers, truck or bus fleet operators.

    Graham Brennan (Transport Programme Manager - SEAI) – Infrastructure & Fuel Directives

    Paulo Alves (Managing Director - BMW Group Ireland) – EVs and Future Passenger Technology

    Dan Fitzpatrick (Commercialisation Manager - Gas Networks Ireland) – CNG Vehicles & Infrastructure


Thursday 6th April Timetable

  • 10.00 - 10.45

    Energy RD&D - A Focus on Innovation  in Ireland

    This session will present SEAI’s Energy RD&D programme and showcase some innovative research projects that were supported by SEAI.

    This session is aimed at anyone with an interest in innovation in the energy sector, including researchers, academics, SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators.

    Project: FlexiGrid - Solo Energy Ltd

                       Speakers: Kilian O’Connor and Mark Hamilton

    Project: ADbag Project - Demetra Ltd

                       Speaker: Francesco Panzeri

    Project: Draught Reduction Measures to Improve a Building’s Thermal Performance

                        Speakers: Dr Sara Pavia and Dr Roseanne Walker,TCD

    Chairperson: Joanne Sheahan, SEAI

  • 11.00 - 11.45

    Oceans of Energy -  Marine Renewable Developments in Ireland

    This session is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning more about the potential of ocean energy in Ireland as a renewable energy source and how this new ocean sector is developing, both in Ireland and internationally.

    It will discuss progress in the development of Ireland’s ocean energy test sites and review some of the innovative technologies that are progressing towards full and commercial scale deployment.

     Patricia Comiskey, SEAI

  • 12.00 - 12.45

    Global Outlook on Small Wind - Challenges and Future Prospects; What Ireland can Learn

    IEA Wind Task 27 International Expert Panel Debate with wind experts from USA, Europe and China giving a global outlook on small scale wind, the challenges, future prospects, and what Ireland can learn from IEA Wind Task 27 activities.

    Trudy Forsyth, Wind Advisors Team, USA

    Ignacio Cruz, CIEMAT, Spain

    Charlie Dou,  Advisor to China Wind Energy Association and Chinese Wind Equipment Manufacturers Association

    Chairperson: Paul MacArtain, Director, Centre for Renewables & Energy, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

  • 13.00 - 13.45

    Solar PV in Ireland– A Growing Role

    This session is ideal for home-owners, land-owners, planners, installers, energy researchers and anyone else with an interest in solar energy to inform them about features of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) and solar farms in Ireland.

    The overall session objective is to inform attendees on the growing role of solar energy in Ireland. In particular, it will:

    - Address the most frequently asked questions about rooftop PV and solar farms in Ireland

    - Present accounts from businesses who are operating solar PV systems supported as part of a suite of measures implemented under Better Energy Communities projects.

    - Inform attendees of the role of Irish research bodies and industry in the global solar PV industry

    Brian Denvir, SEAI

  • 14.00 - 14.45

    Women in Energy  - The Challenges and Opportunities

    The Irish market for sustainable energy could be worth close to €3billion by 2020. But are we attracting enough women to work in this growing sector? This session is aimed at everyone interested in exploring the question of gender diversity in the energy sector further.   

    Through a panel discussion, this session will explore what is the profile of those working in the energy sector, what’s it like to be a woman working in energy, what are the challenges for women and what can be done to encourage more diversity. The value of mentoring and networking and realising the opportunities will also be explored.


    Professor Orla Feely - VP for Research, Innovation & Impact - UCD

    Aoife MacEvilly – Commissioner – CER

    Marie Donnelly – European Commission

    Professor Mark Ferguson - Director General - Science Foundation Ireland

    Chairperson: Dr Eimear Cotter, Head of Low Carbon Technologies, SEAI

  • 15.00 - 15.45

    Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) – Learning from Experience

    This session is ideal for those involved in new or retrofit design projects such as asset owners/operators, engineering consultants, architects, energy suppliers, facility managers, investors and any specialist suppliers engaged in design projects.

    The objective of the session is to inform attendees on EXEED Certified as a programme, share lessons learnt from pilot projects in 2016 involving the pharma, hospitality and manufacturing sectors, and outline SEAI supports for 2017.

    Jason Doherty, SEAI