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Smart Energy Services and Regulatory Innovation
Integrated Energy Systems


The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) formerly the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment (DCCAE) has tasked the International Energy Research Centre to deliver a series of papers on energy and climate innovation with a view towards informing policy in key strategic areas of energy for Ireland.

From this request, the IERC Energy Policy Insights for Climate Action (EPICA) project is developing and publishing a series of peer reviewed papers, which are providing insights into best practice examples within and outside of Ireland and which will deliver empirical-evidence based suggestions for policy considerations. 

The following key research areas are the focus of the EPICA paper series:

  • Heat – Technologies around the decarbonisation of Heat
  • Buildings Stock – Modelling the Irish landscape in the context of energy efficiency targets and citizen-centric considerations
  • Storage – Technologies that make sense for Ireland in the context of the growth of renewables market and CO2 mitigation targets.
  • Business Models – Research focused on Business model development and including financial innovations around the above technology areas.
  • Digitalization – how Ireland can become a forerunner in the Digital Europe landscape. What being a digital powerhouse means in terms of buildings and Energy Communities, national assets and the energy trilemma.

Researchers: Luciano di Tomassi, Pádraig Lyons, Shafi Khadem, Mohamed Balhoul, Brian Norton