The event which was organized entirely by students from NUIG’s Chemistry, Energy and Physics Societies took place earlier this week and was a massive success. Enerit who were one of the main sponsors of the event, alongside Engineers Ireland, Explore, and Shell would like to congratulate all of those involved in the organization of such a fantastic event.
Held in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUIG Energy Night comprised of a number of different parts; A careers and Industry Fair which featured 24 of Ireland’s most prominent employers from companies such as Intel, Cylon, Kingspan Renewables, Nutherm, Eirgrid, GE Energy and including Enerit to name but a few. Present also, were members of the consortium I2E2. A posters section was run concurrently with the Careers and Industry fair which showcased the rich, cutting-edge and multi-disciplinary energy research currently being undertaken by students across Ireland with presenters working in such areas bio-fuels, wave energy, energy management, smart buildings, smart grids and data efficiency. Combined, they provided an invaluable opportunity for students, academics and business people from around the country to network, exchange thoughts and ideas and potentially set up new and exciting collaborations.
The highlight of the night however was the Panel discussion which took place entitled ‘Putting Energy to work for Ireland’. George Lee presenter of RTE’s ‘The Business’ acted as moderator on the night and as someone who has a keen interest in energy economics did a fantastic job. ‘The panel featured Gabriel D’Arcy CEO of Bord na M’na, Norman Crowley founder of Crowley Carbon, Alan McGettigan, Finance Director of Petroceltic and Tom Kelly, Enterprise Ireland Cleantech Divisional Manager
The discussion raised questions such as ‘How best can Ireland leverage its abundant innovative spirit, entrepreneurial vision and natural resources to secure a clean, affordable energy future and a sustainable economic recovery’ sparking debates about topics such a wave and wind energy, oil and gas exploration and production, on-shore versus off-shore, cutting-edge technologies that are being developed in an effort to assist businesses to reduce unnecessary energy waste and energy efficiency products being developed for individual companies specific energy needs. It was a lively and animated debate which had the complete attention of the audience who were fortunate enough to have been able to attend the event.
The night closed with Dr. Tom O’Connor presenting the inaugural Tom O’Connor trophy to the deserving winner of the best poster at NUIG Energy Night. The wining poster was entitled ‘The Dark side Cycling: The Carbon Footprint of Greenways’.
Once again Enerit would like to congratulate the organizers on such a well-run, enjoyable and informative event. The team at Enerit is already looking forward to what we hope will be a successful NUIG Energy night 2013.
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