Dr Aoife Foley - QUB

Lecurer at the school of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, QUB
Email: ku.ca.buq|elof.a#ku.ca.buq|elof.a
Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 4492


Dr. Foley's particular areas of research interest and expertise are:
on- and off-shore wind power,
off-shore wind power resource assessment and forecasting using Computational Fluid Dynamics,
pumped hydro energy storage, compressed air energy storage and battery energy storage,
demand side management, intelligent ICT and electric vehicles,
compressed natural gas vehicles,
future proofing the built environment against extreme weather events and global warming,
wholesale and retail electricity market modelling and analysis,
power and gas transmission systems and the European Super Grid.

Career Snapshot:

Dr Aoife Foley is a Lecturer in Energy Systems in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen's University, Belfast. She is also a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland. In 2008 Aoife returned to academia fulltime as a Lecturer in University College Cork after 12 years in industry, where she worked for ESB International, Siemens, PM Group and SWS primarily in project management roles on projects in energy, waste, pharma and telecommunications. She was then awarded an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Change Research Fellowship in 2009. For her doctoral studies Aoife investigated wind power integration in the single wholesale electricity (SEM) market using pumped hydro energy storage. Aoife's EPA fellowship involved investigating the impact of electric vehicle deployment on Ireland's power system in terms of changes in greenhouse gas emissions and energy demand. Her main areas of research focus are offshore wind power, wind power forecasting, variable renewable power systems integration and power system efficiency using demand side management techniques such as intelligent ICT at the distribution level and below, utility scale energy storage and electric vehicles. She is also co-author of the upcoming IEEE Standards Association 2030.1 workgroup report on the impacts of transport electrification. Finally, Aoife is a member of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and Power Energy Society, Secretary of the UK and Republic of Ireland Chapter of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and Secretary of the IEEE Standards Association 2030.1 workgroup on electric vehicles. Her affliations & memberships, include:
Elected Fellow of Engineers Ireland, 2011
Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2009
Chartered Member of Engineers Ireland, 2001
Member of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, 1996
Member of the Institute of Structural Engineers, 1996
Associate Member of the Universities Transport Research Study Group, 2009
Industrial/Academic Activities:
Lead Academic on Mainstream Renewable Energy - ISIS project, 2011.
Guest editor for a themed issue of the ICE Proceedings in Energy entitled 'Increasing Energy Efficiency in Transport'.
Invited to Chair a plenary session on future proofing the roads infrastructure against climate change impacts at the Inaugural PIARC Ireland Conference 2011, 19th - 20th October 2011 in the Radisson Hotel, Cork by the National Roads Authority. Speakers in this plenary session included Mr Liam Duffy, Chief Bridge Inspector at the NRA, Jacqui Berry, European Business Director at the Transport Research Laboratory in the UK, Alan Taggart, Head of Roads Operation & Maintenance at Aitkens Global and Dr. Conor Murphy, Lecturer in Geography at NUI Maynooth.
Elected Secretary of the IEEE VTS Chapter in UK and Ireland, 2011.
Volunteer on the IEEE Power Energy Society UK and Ireland Chapter Committee, 2011.
Member of Engineers Ireland Conference Committee for the Annual Conference to be held in Belfast in 2012.
Appointed to National Council of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, 2011.
Member of Engineers Ireland Committee on Transition Year Projects and Mathematics, 2011.
IEEE Vehicular Power and Propulsion Conference, 2011, Chicago, Illinois, USA Chaired Technical Session 21 Power Management & Control.
Irish Transport Research Network 2011 (ITRN2011) Conference Chair, University College Cork- Theme: Energy & Transport.
Invited Lecture on transport electrification, wind power variability and wind power integration using pumped hydro, compressed air energy storage and controlled smart loads to the Institute of Energy at the School of Electrical Engineering, Cardiff University, June 2011.
Recently recommended by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) to the European Commission as an expert in 'renewable energy, wind power, energy storage, environmental engineering' research field to assist in evaluating Framework Seven calls.
Invited Lunch Time Lecture to Professor Biswajit Basu and Dr Brian Caulfield's postgraduate students at Trinity College Dublin on the Challenges of High Wind Power Integration in the All Island Grid, November 2010.
Committee member, 10th IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering 2011, Rome, Italy.
Official Irish Delegate to EU COST Action TU0902: Integrated Assessment Technologies to Support the Sustainable Development of Urban Areas.
Country representative for the IEEE Vehicular Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC2010) Lille, France.
Committee member & Treasurer of the Irish Transport Research Network (ITRN), 2009/10.
Session 6 Chair, Active Demand Side Management at the IEEE PES/IAS Conference on Sustainable Alternative Energy at the Instituto de Ingenieria Energetica, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain on 29th September 2009.
Research Statement

Dr. Foley's area of research focus is offshore wind power, wind forecasting using Computational Fluid Dynamics and wind power integration and energy efficiency using technology using intelligent ICT, energy storage and electric vehicles.


Co-supervisor Cathal Nolan (main supervisor Professor Roy Douglas), PhD candidate, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, QUB, 2011 to date. Waste Heat Recovery for Alternative Air Conditioning of Hybrid Vehicles.
Co-supervisor David McBride (main supervisor Professor Roy Douglas), PhD candidate, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, QUB, 2012 to date. Supercritical Water Oxidation of Sewage Sludge.
Co-supervisor Robert Best (main supervisor Professor Roy Douglas), PhD candidate, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, QUB, 2011 to date. Engine Efficiency.
Supervised Barry Tyther, taught MSc Sustainable Energy project, School of Engineering, UCC, 2010/11. Electric Vehicle Charging Profiles to Improve Power System Operational Efficiency.
Mentored Niall Fitzgerald, research MScEng project, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2008/9. Electric Hot Water Heating to Integrate Wind Power.

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