SFI Stokes Lecturer In Wind Energy Engineering
Civil Engineering
Room 105
University College Cork
College Road
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-4902017
F: +353-21-4276648
E: paul.leahy@ucc.ie
W: http://www.ucc.ie/en/serg/windenergy/people/paulleahy

Paul Leahy is Stokes Lecturer in Wind Energy Engineering at University College Cork. He received the B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork in 1995 and undertook his Ph.D. research on high temperature plasma diagnostics at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in the UK. He has carried out postdoctoral work in environmental engineering and atmospheric sciences and his current research interests include wind forecasting for wind energy generation; use of energy storage to support renewables; and autoproduction of wind energy by industrial energy users. He participates in the EU-funded stoRE project and is a member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Geophysical Union.

Research Interests

Current research interests in wind energy include new techniques for characterising the spatial and long-term temporal variability of wind resources; wind forecasting; operations of energy storage facilities in supporting renewable electricity generation; autoproduction of wind energy by industrial energy users.

I also have interests in environmental engineering, including greenhouse gas flux measurements and the impacts of extreme weather events.

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'A powerful visualization technique for electricity supply and demand at industrial sites with combined heat and power and wind generation'
Brian Leif Hanrahan, Gordon Lightbody, Lawrence Staudt, Paul G. Leahy (2014) 'A powerful visualization technique for electricity supply and demand at industrial sites with combined heat and power and wind generation'. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 31 :860-869 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2014)'Meteorological and functional response partitioning to explain interannual variability of CO2 exchange at an Irish Atlantic blanket bog'
McVeigh, P,Sottocornola, M,Foley, N,Leahy, P,Kiely, G (2014) 'Meteorological and functional response partitioning to explain interannual variability of CO2 exchange at an Irish Atlantic blanket bog'. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 194 :8-19 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Spatial and Seasonal Variation of Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) Concentrations in Irish Streams: Importance of Soil and Topography Characteristics'
Liu, W,Xu, XL,McGoff, NM,Eaton, JM,Leahy, P,Foley, N,Kiely, G (2014) 'Spatial and Seasonal Variation of Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) Concentrations in Irish Streams: Importance of Soil and Topography Characteristics'. Environmental Management, 53 :959-967 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Estimating the impact of changing fertilizer application rate, land use, and climate on nitrous oxide emissions in Irish grasslands'
Kim, DG,Rafique, R,Leahy, P,Cochrane, M,Kiely, G (2014) 'Estimating the impact of changing fertilizer application rate, land use, and climate on nitrous oxide emissions in Irish grasslands'. Plant and Soil, 374 :55-71 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'How much wind energy will be curtailed on the 2020 Irish power system?'
McGarrigle, EV; Deane, JP; Leahy, PG (2013) 'How much wind energy will be curtailed on the 2020 Irish power system?'. Renewable Energy, 55 :544-553 Globe icon [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2013)'Medieval Irish chronicles reveal persistent volcanic forcing of severe winter cold events, 431–1649 CE'
Francis Ludlow, Alexander R Stine, Paul Leahy, Enda Murphy, Paul A Mayewski, David Taylor, James Killen, Michael G L Baillie, Mark Hennessy and Gerard Kiely (2013) 'Medieval Irish chronicles reveal persistent volcanic forcing of severe winter cold events, 431–1649 CE'. Environmental Research Letters, 8 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Estimating the impact of changing fertilizer application rate, land use, and climate on nitrous oxide emissions in Irish grasslands'
Dong-Gill Kim & Rashad Rafique & Paul Leahy & Mark Cochrane & Gerard Kiely (2013) 'Estimating the impact of changing fertilizer application rate, land use, and climate on nitrous oxide emissions in Irish grasslands'. Plant and Soil, 369 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Seasonal exports of phosphorus from intensively fertilised nested grassland catchment'
Ciaran Lewis, Rashad Rafique, Nelius Foley, Paul Leahy, Gerard Morgan, John Albertson, Sandeep Kumar, Gerard Kiely (2013) 'Seasonal exports of phosphorus from intensively fertilised nested grassland catchment'. Journal of Environmental Sciences, Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Seasonal exports of phosphorus from intensively fertilised nested grassland catchments'
Lewis, C,Rafique, R,Foley, N,Leahy, P,Morgan, G,Albertson, J,Kumar, S,Kiely, G (2013) 'Seasonal exports of phosphorus from intensively fertilised nested grassland catchments'. Journal Of Environmental Sciences-China, 25 :1847-1857 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Addressing the Technical and Market Challenges to High Wind Power Integration in Ireland'
A.M. Foley, B. P. Ó Gallachóir, E.J. McKeogh, D. Milborrow and P.G. Leahy (2013) 'Addressing the Technical and Market Challenges to High Wind Power Integration in Ireland'. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 19 :692-703 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'A GIS-based model to calculate the potential for transforming conventional hydropower schemes and non-hydro reservoirs to pumped hydropower schemes'
Fitzgerald, N. and Lacal Arantegui and McKeogh, E. and Leahy, P. (2012) 'A GIS-based model to calculate the potential for transforming conventional hydropower schemes and non-hydro reservoirs to pumped hydropower schemes'. Energy, 41 :483-490 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Persistence of low wind speed conditions and implications for wind power variability'
Leahy, P. and McKeogh, E. (2012) 'Persistence of low wind speed conditions and implications for wind power variability'. Wind Energy, [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2012)'Effects of a winter forage crop rotation on CO2 fluxes at a managed grassland'
Leahy, P.; Kiely, G. (2012) 'Effects of a winter forage crop rotation on CO2 fluxes at a managed grassland'. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 156 :49-56 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2012)'Current methods and advances in forecasting of wind power generation'
Aoife M. Foley and Paul G. Leahy and Antonino Marvuglia and Eamon J. McKeogh; (2012) 'Current methods and advances in forecasting of wind power generation'. Renewable Energy, 37 (1):1-8 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Short duration rainfall extremes in Ireland: influence of climatic variability'
Leahy, P. AND Kiely, G.; (2011) 'Short duration rainfall extremes in Ireland: influence of climatic variability'. Water Resources Management, [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2011)'Wind generation output during cold weather-driven electricity demand peaks in Ireland'
P.G. Leahy and A.M. Foley; (2011) 'Wind generation output during cold weather-driven electricity demand peaks in Ireland'. Energy, 39 (1):48-53 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2011)'Six-year Stable Annual Uptake of Carbon Dioxide in Intensively Managed Humid Temperate Grassland'
Peichl, M,Leahy, P,Kiely, G; (2011) 'Six-year Stable Annual Uptake of Carbon Dioxide in Intensively Managed Humid Temperate Grassland'. Ecosystems, 14 :112-126 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Structural optimisation and input selection of an artificial neural network for river level prediction'
Leahy, P. and Kiely, G. and Corcoran, G.; (2008) 'Structural optimisation and input selection of an artificial neural network for river level prediction'. Journal of Hydrology, 355 (1-4):192-201 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Land cover change and soil organic carbon stocks in the Republic of Ireland 1851-2000'
Eaton, J. M. AND McGoff, N. M. AND Byrne, K. A. AND Leahy, P. AND Kiely, G.; (2008) 'Land cover change and soil organic carbon stocks in the Republic of Ireland 1851-2000'. Climatic Change, 91 (3-4):317-334 [DOI] [Details]
(2007)'Carbon sequestration determined using farm scale carbon balance and eddy covariance'
K. A. Byrne and G. Kiely and P. Leahy; (2007) 'Carbon sequestration determined using farm scale carbon balance and eddy covariance'. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 121 :357-364 [DOI] [Details]
(2006)'Modeling of Net Ecosystem Exchange and Its Components For A Humid Grassland Ecosystem'
Lawton, D, Leahy, P, Kiely, G, Byrne, KA, Calanca, P; (2006) 'Modeling of Net Ecosystem Exchange and Its Components For A Humid Grassland Ecosystem'. Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences, 111 (G4) [DOI] [Details]
(2006)'Net ecosystem exchange of grassland in contrasting wet and dry years'
Jaksic, V,Kiely, G,Albertson, J,Oren, R,Katul, G,Leahy, P,Byrne, KA; (2006) 'Net ecosystem exchange of grassland in contrasting wet and dry years'. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 139 :323-334 [DOI] [Details]
(2005)'CO2 fluxes in adjacent new and permanent temperate grasslands'
Byrne, KA,Kiely, G,Leahy, P; (2005) 'CO2 fluxes in adjacent new and permanent temperate grasslands'. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 135 :82-92 [DOI] [Details]
(2005)'The effect of future climate perturbations on N2O emissions from a fertilized humid grassland'
Hsieh, CI,Leahy, P,Kiely, G,Li, CS; (2005) 'The effect of future climate perturbations on N2O emissions from a fertilized humid grassland'. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 73 :15-23 [DOI] [Details]
(2004)'Managed grasslands: a greenhouse gas sink or source?'
Leahy, P. and Kiely, G. and Scanlon, T. M.; (2004) 'Managed grasslands: a greenhouse gas sink or source?'. Geophysical Research Letters, 31 (L20507) [DOI] [Details]
(1999)'Error field mode studies on JET'
R. J. Buttery and M. De Benedetti and D. A. Gates and Y. Gribova and T. C. Hender and R. J. La Haye and P. Leahy and J. A. Leuer and A. W. Morris and A. Santagiustina and J. T. Scoville and B. J. D. Tubbing and the JET Team and the COMPASS-D Team and the DIII-D Team; (1999) 'Error field mode studies on JET'. Nuclear Fusion, 39 (11Y) [Details]
(1999)'Error field penetration and plasma rotation in H mode and controlled ELM-free regimes in COMPASS-D'
A. L. Colton and R. J. Buttery and S. J. Fielding and T. C. Hender and P. Leahy and A. W. Morris; (1999) 'Error field penetration and plasma rotation in H mode and controlled ELM-free regimes in COMPASS-D'. Nuclear Fusion, 39 (4) [Details]
(1999)'Fast charged-coupled device spectrometry using zoom-wavelength optics'
P. G. Carolan and N. J. Conway and C. A. Bunting and P. Leahy and R. O'Connell and R. Huxford and C. R. Negus and P. D. Wilcock; (1999) 'Fast charged-coupled device spectrometry using zoom-wavelength optics'. Review of Scientific Instruments, 68 (1) [Details]
(1998)'H-modes on COMPASS-D with high-power ECRH'
S J Fielding, M Valovic, P G Carolan, D A Gates, C Hunt, P Leahy, A W Morris, the COMPASS-D Physics and ECRH Teams. (1998) 'H-modes on COMPASS-D with high-power ECRH'. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 40 (5) [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2014)Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Informatics, Environment, Energy and Applications
McGarrigle, Edward; Leahy Paul J. (2014) System operational costs reduction with non-conventional reactive power sources Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Informatics, Environment, Energy and Applications Shanghai, , 26-MAR-14 - 28-MAR-14 , pp.116-119 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2013)2nd International Conference on Energy & Meteorology
Kevin Coffey, Eamon McKeogh, Alfredo Pena and Paul Leahy. (2013) Is there a value in including atmospheric stability in wind resource assessments in the marine environment? 2nd International Conference on Energy & Meteorology Toulouse, , 25-JUN-13 - 28-JUN-13 Globe icon [Details]
(2013)Proceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Environment \& Electrical Engineering
Mc Garrigle, E. and Leahy, P. G. (2013) The value of accuracy in wind energy forecasts Proceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Environment \& Electrical Engineering Wroclaw, Poland, , 05-MAY-13 - 08-MAY-13 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2012)Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Protection (SEEP)
Foley and Kerlin, C. and Leahy, P. (2012) Characteristics Of Offshore Wind Speeds Using Buoy Measurements Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Protection (SEEP) Dublin, [Details]
(2012)International Water Association World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy
Waenn, A. and McKeogh, E. and Leahy, P. (2012) Environmental Performance of Existing Energy Storage Installations International Water Association World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy Dublin, [Details]
(2012)European Wind Energy Association Annual Event
E. V. Mc Garrigle and P. Leahy (2012) Wind curtailment on the 2020 Irish power system under two proposed offshore/onshore development scenarios European Wind Energy Association Annual Event Copenhagen, , 16-APR-12 - 19-APR-12 [Details]
(2012)European Wind Energy Annual Event
Deirdre Doody, Edward V. Mc Garrigle, Kevin B. Coffey and Paul G. Leahy (2012) Comparison of wind speeds from QuikSCAT scatterometry and surface buoys for wind resource estimation in the Irish Sea European Wind Energy Annual Event Copenhagen, , 16-APR-12 - 19-APR-12 [Details]
(2012)Proceedings of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Sibuet Watters, C. and Leahy, P.; (2012) Influence of wind direction in the downscaling of wind speeds from numerical weather prediction Proceedings of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Nashville, [Details]
(2011)10th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering (EEEIC)
Sibuet Watters, C. and Leahy, P.; (2011) Comparison of linear, Kalman filter and neural network downscaling of wind speeds from numerical weather prediction 10th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering (EEEIC) [DOI] [Details]
(2011)Proceedings of the 3rd International Youth Conference on Energetics
Mc Garrigle, E. and Leahy, P.; (2011) The effects of adding 1.8 GW of offshore wind to the 2020 Irish power system Proceedings of the 3rd International Youth Conference on Energetics Leiria, Portugal, [Details]
(2010)Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering
Leahy, P; (2010) Extreme weather events and power systems with high wind penetration: case study on the Irish winter of 2009/10 Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering Prague, , pp.415-418 [Details]
(2010)Irish Transport Research Network 2010
Foley, A; Leahy, P; McKeogh E; Ó Gallachóir, BP; (2010) Quantifying Displaced Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Electric Vehicles in Ireland Irish Transport Research Network 2010 UCD Dublin, , 31-AUG-10 - 01-SEP-10 [Full Text] [Details]
(2010)Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection
Foley, A.M. and Connolly, D. and Leahy, P. and Vad Mathiesen (2010) Electrical Energy Storage and Smart Grid Technologies to integrate the next generation of Renewable Power Systems Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection Bari, Italy, [Details]
(2010)IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC'10)
Foley, A; Leahy, P; McKeogh E; Ó Gallachóir, BP; (2010) Electric Vehicles and Displaced Gaseous Emissions IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC'10) [Details]
(2010)Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium for Engineering Education
Foley, AM; Leahy, PG; (2010) The role of the professional engineer in the 21st century Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium for Engineering Education [Details]
(2010)Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering
Foley, AM; Leahy, PG; McKeogh, EJ; (2010) Wind Power Forecasting & Prediction Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering Prague, , pp.61-64 [Details]
(2009)Proceedings IEEE-PES/IAS Conference on Sustainable Alternative Energy
Foley, A. M. and Leahy, P. and McKeogh, E. J.; (2009) Wind Energy Integration and the Ireland-Wales Interconnector Proceedings IEEE-PES/IAS Conference on Sustainable Alternative Energy Valencia, Spain, [Details]
(2009)Proceedings of the 5th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference
Aoife Foley and John Hayes and Paul Leahy and Eamon McKeogh; (2009) Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage - a case study on Ireland Proceedings of the 5th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference Dearborn, MI, USA, [Details]
(2008)Workshop on Comparison of static chambers to measure N2O, CH4 and CO2 fluxes from soils
Rashid Rafique, Ger Kiely, Paul Leahy, Dong-Gill Kim, Michael Mishrov, Jimmy Casey (2008) Nitrous Oxide from Irish Agricultural Grasslands: Current Emissions and Future Trends Workshop on Comparison of static chambers to measure N2O, CH4 and CO2 fluxes from soils Nødebo, Denmark, , 15-DEC-08 - 17-DEC-08 Globe icon [Details]
(2008)European Geophysical Union General Assembly
McGoff, N. and Eaton, J. M. and Leahy, P. and Byrne, K. and Kiely, G. (2008) Dissolved organic carbon in Irish streams European Geophysical Union General Assembly [Details]
(2008)Geophysical Research Abstracts
Leahy, P. AND Kiely, G.; (2008) Effects of hydrological extremes of 2006 and 2007 on net ecosystem exchange of a temperate grassland Geophysical Research Abstracts Vienna, [Details]
(2008)European Geosciences Union General Assembly
M. Mishurov, P. Leahy and G. Kiely; (2008) Distinguishing peaks from background emissions of nitrous oxide in grassland ecosystem European Geosciences Union General Assembly Vienna, Globe icon [Details]
(2007)Greenhouse-gas budget of soils under changing climate and land use (BurnOut) - COST 639
J.M. Eaton and N.M.McGoff and K. A. Byrne and P. Leahy and G. Kiely; (2007) The impact of agricultural land cover change on soil organic carbon stocks in Ireland Greenhouse-gas budget of soils under changing climate and land use (BurnOut) - COST 639 [Details]
(2006)International Workshop on Development of Models and Forest Soil Surveys for Monitoring of Soil Carbon
Paul Leahy, Kenneth A. Byrne, Deirdre Fay, Chaosheng Zhang and Ger Kiely (2006) Measurement and Modelling of Soil Carbon Stocks and Stock Changes in Irish Soils International Workshop on Development of Models and Forest Soil Surveys for Monitoring of Soil Carbon Koli, Finland, , 05-APR-06 - 08-APR-06 Globe icon [Details]
(2006)Proceedings of the Open Science Conference on the GHG Cycle in the Northern Hemisphere
Paul Leahy and Gerard Kiely; (2006) Micrometeorological observations of N2O uptake by fertilised grassland Proceedings of the Open Science Conference on the GHG Cycle in the Northern Hemisphere Sissi-Lathiki, Greece, [Details]
(1999)Proceedings of the 26th European Physical Society meeting on Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Leahy, P. AND Carolan, P. G. AND Buttery, R. J.; (1999) The role of plasma rotation in error field scalings Proceedings of the 26th European Physical Society meeting on Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Maastricht, The Netherlands, , pp.157-160 [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2013)Recommendations for furthering the Sustainable Development of Bulk Energy Storage Facilities.
Annicka Wann and Leahy, P. and McKeogh, E. and Reidy, M. and Doyle, S. and Dalton, H. and Barry, P. (2013) Recommendations for furthering the Sustainable Development of Bulk Energy Storage Facilities. University College Cork, Cork. [Details]
(2012)Environmental performance of existing energy storage installations.
Annicka Waenn and Paul Leahy and Monica Reidy and Sean Doyle and Helen Dalton and Peter Barry (2012) Environmental performance of existing energy storage installations. WIP Renewable Energies, Munich, Germany. Globe icon [Details]
(2012)Pumped-hydro energy storage: potential for transformation from single dams.
Fitzgerald, N. and Lacal Arantegui, R. and Leahy, P. (2012) Pumped-hydro energy storage: potential for transformation from single dams. Joint Research Centre Institute for Energy & Transport, Petten, the Netherlands. Globe icon [Details]
(2010)Extreme Weather, Climate and Natural Disasters in Ireland.
G. Kiely and P. Leahy and F. Ludlow and B. Stefanini and E. Reilly and M. Monk and J. Harris; (2010) Extreme Weather, Climate and Natural Disasters in Ireland. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford. [Details]
(2010)SoilC - Measurement and Modelling of Soil Carbon Stocks and Stock Changes in Irish Soils.
Gerard Kiely, Ms Nicola M. McGoff, James M. Eaton, Xianli Xu, Paul Leahy, Owen Carton (2010) SoilC - Measurement and Modelling of Soil Carbon Stocks and Stock Changes in Irish Soils. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford. Globe icon [Details]
(2009)Celticflux: Measurement and modelling of Greenhouse gas fluxes from Grasslands and a Peatland in Ireland.
Gerard Kiely, Paul Leahy, Matteo Sottocornola, Anna Laine, Michael Mishurov, John Albertson, Owen Carton (2009) Celticflux: Measurement and modelling of Greenhouse gas fluxes from Grasslands and a Peatland in Ireland. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford. Globe icon [Details]
(2007)Flood Studies Update -- Flood Event Analysis.
Gerard Kiely and Paul Leahy and Eamon McKeogh; (2007) Flood Studies Update -- Flood Event Analysis. Office of Public Works, Dublin. [Details]

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
IEEE Member01-JAN-09 /
American Geophysical Union Member01-JAN-09 /
International Association of Hydrological Sciences Member/

Outreach Activities

 Description

University College Cork Public Lecture Series 2013, "Keeping the Lights On: Delivering a Reliable Electricity Supply with Renewables".
Presentation available online.

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of Environmental Management Referee-
Journal Of Hydrology Referee-
Energy Referee-
Ieee Transactions On Power Systems Referee-
European Transactions On Electrical Power Referee-
Global And Planetary Change Referee-
Wind Energy Referee-
Ecological Modelling Referee-
Global Change Biology Referee-
Plant And Soil Referee-
Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews Referee-
International Journal Of Climatology Referee-

Other Activities

 Description

Reviewer for the journals Energies and International Transactions on Electrical Power

MSc to PhD transfer assessor, Cork Institute of Technology, 2009.

External PhD examiner, University of Auckland (New Zealand), 2011.


External PhD examiner, Queens University Belfast, 2012.


External MSc examiner, Limerick Institute of Technology, June 2012.


External PhD Examiner, University of Limerick, 2011.

Teaching Interests

Co-ordinator of the M.Eng.Sc. programme in Marine Renewable Energy.
Wind Energy Engineering;Systems Engineering;Renewable Energy;Marine Renewable Energy.

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2013Michael Lenihan University College CorkMEngScForecasting for Industrial Wind Energy Autoproduction

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Civil Engineering Systems CE4005Civil Engineering Systems
2015Research Project NE4020Research Project
2015Wind Energy NE4002Wind Energy
2015Wind Energy NE6003Wind Energy
2015Advanced Topics in Marine Renewable Energy NE6010Advanced Topics in Marine Renewable Energy
2015Marine Renewable Energy Project NE6020Marine Renewable Energy Project