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Brendan Cleary

PhD Researcher



Brendan Cleary is a PhD research student in the Department of Civil and Building Services Engineering at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). His PhD research is funded through the Fiosraigh Dean of Graduate Research School award and is entitled ‘The Economic Benefits of Wind Power and Large Scale Energy Storage in Ireland’. It is supervised by Dr Aidan Duffy, DIT, Dr Alan O’Connor, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Dr Michael Conlon, DIT.  The research involves investigating the potential economic and operational benefits compressed air energy storage provides not just to wind generation, but to the Irish power system. 

Brendan graduated from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2006 and qualified for the award of first class honors in both Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Engineering (B.A.I) degrees specialising in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. Upon graduating, he commenced work immediately as an assistant Engineer with a civil engineering contractor in the West of Ireland and worked for a brief period before travelling to Australia where he worked for two different engineering companies. Upon his return to Ireland he was re-employed by his previous employer and worked on numerous projects as site engineer and project manager up to September 2010. He completed working and returned to TCD where he completed a MSc in Civil Engineering at TCD specialising in renewable energy systems. In October 2011, he commenced his PhD at DIT.  In 2013, he was granted the Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland award and as part of his PhD research he collaborated with the Center for Life Cycle Analysis, Columbia University.  

Brendan’s professional membership includes Chartered Engineer of Engineers Ireland (IEI) and student member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His main research interests include; life cycle analysis, renewable energy systems, energy storage, energy policy and economics.  



Cleary, B., Duffy, A., O Connor, A., Conlon, M., and Fthenakis, V.   (2015) Assessing the Economic Benefits of Compressed Air Energy Storage for Mitigating Wind Curtailment, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, vol.PP, no.99, pp.1,8. DOI   

Cleary, B., Duffy, A., O Connor, A., Conlon, M., and Fthenakis, V.  (2013) Assessing the benefits of compressed air energy storage on the 2020 Irish Power System, 48th Universities' Power Engineering Conference (UPEC 2013), 2-5 September 2013, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland. DOI  


Cleary, B., Duffy, A., and O’Connor, A.  (2012) Incorporation of Life Cycle Models in determining Optimal Wind Energy Infrastructural Provision, Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland – BCRI 2012, 6 - 7 September 2012, Dublin, Ireland. DOI


Cleary, B., Duffy, A., and O’Connor, A.  (2012) Using life cycle assessment to compare wind energy infrastructure, International Symposium on Life Cycle Assessment and Construction, 10 - 12 July 2012, Nantes, France. DOI