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Mark J O'Malley

BE, PhD(NUI 1983,1987). FIEEE, FIET, FIEI, Foreign Member, US National Academy of Engineering, EASAC Energy Steering Panel

Leverhulme Professor of Power Systems Imperial College London

Member ScienceElected in 2008

Professor Mark O’Malley, MRIA, UCD is the Academy’s nominee to the EASAC Energy Steering Panel. The EASAC Energy Programme provides independent and leading edge scientific assessments and advice to EU energy and climate policy makers, by bringing together experts from 29 national science academies of Europe. Topics are selected by EASAC Council on the basis of advice from the EASAC Energy Steering Panel and can encompass a wide range of energy issues of priority interest to the EU, including energy resources, energy systems integration, renewable energies, energy efficiency, GHG emissions, electricity grid management, and key aspects of energy security and sustainability.

Professor Mark O’Malley was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2008 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is founding Director of the Electricity Research Centre and Director of the UCD Energy Institute, a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, industry-supported research activity. Mark is also co-founder of the International Institute for Energy Systems Integration iiESI), a global community of scholars and practitioners engaged in developing an efficient world energy system. He is recognised as a world authority on grid integration of renewable energy and has active research collaborations in Europe, China and the United States, in particular with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The Academy is currently the lead Academy for the EASAC Electricity storage (Chaired by Mark O’Malley) – The project began at Imperial College in London on 1st April, 2015 and a second meeting was held on 26 June 2015 in Cologne and a 3rd meeting in Brussels on October 15th, 2015 preceded by an open workshop (supported by the JRC) to which Commission experts, other Brussels based stakeholders and EASAC steering panel members contributed on October 14th, 2015.  A draft report has been prepared and the final report is due to be published in July. 

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