NUI Galway Energy Night to discuss the future of smart grid technologies

Energy Night, Ireland’s largest and longest-running student-run energy event, will take place in NUI Galway next week.

Now in its fifth year, the Energy Night is organised by the university’s Energy Society and this year the event will focus on smart grid and the growing technology and privacy issues associated with it.

Energy Night will take place in the NUI Galway Engineering Building on Wednesday February 11 from 5pm to 9pm.

Last year’s event, entitled ‘Energy in Ireland – Local Wellbeing, National Priorities, Global Challenges’, produced a lively debate on the topic of wind farms and their impacts. This year will provide an even more topical discussion on Irish energy.

The theme for this year’s Energy Night is ‘Smart Grid, Pushing Technology and Privacy Boundaries’, and it aims to discuss the progression of smart grid, smart meters, and the future of energy efficiency. After the dominance of the internet of things at the Consumer Electronic Show and the data privacy controversy with Irish Water, this promises to be an interesting event.

A Careers in Energy seminar will be held from 5pm to 6pm. Several speakers from major energy companies such as Eirgrid, Arup, and Accenture will deliver presentations on their current projects and employment opportunities in Galway and Ireland.

A poster competition on the theme of ‘Energy, Environment and Sustainability’ will take place at 6.30pm and is open to all NUI Galway undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The evening’s main event, a panel discussion, will take place at 7pm and feature speakers with backgrounds in ICT, data privacy, and energy, all with the aim of exploring the future of smart grid in Ireland. The moderator for the panel discussion will be Dr Karlin Lillington, contributor to The Irish Times, The Guardian, and Wired.com

NUI Galway’s Dr Michael Schukat, an expert in network security and embedded systems, will provide the ICT expertise for the night, with Rónán Kennedy from the university’s School of Law providing context on how law and information and communications technology influence each other. There will also be a talk on an overall view of the future of Irish energy and how smart grid will play an influential role in this. The discussion will include a lengthy Q&A session with active participation from the audience.

The event is free of charge and all are welcome.

For updates follow the Energy Society on Twitter at @nuigenergynight, on Facebook at NUIG-Energy-Society, or visit www.nuigenergynight.com

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