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Dr. Fintan McLoughlin

Post-doctoral Researcher



Fintan McLoughlin is a post-doctoral researcher with Dublin Energy Lab and Dublin Institute of Technology.  Fintan is primarily working on two European FP7 funded projects PV Crops and Rokwood.  PV Crops aims to: improve the performance, reliability and lifetime of PV systems; reduce costs; and enhance PV integration into the electrical grid.  Rokwood aims to improve research and technological development, market uptake and to increase investments in wooden biomass production and utilisation schemes at regional level.

Fintan obtained his doctorate at the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2013.  His research involved applying various time series, statistical and probabilistic techniques in order to predict how electricity is used within the home.  Prior to this Fintan obtained a MSc from Loughborough University in Renewable Energy Systems Technology (2007) and a honours degree from Trinity College Dublin in electrical and electronic engineering (2001).  In the past Fintan has also worked both as a transmission engineer for a large telecommunications utility and as an electrical engineer for a leading environmental design consultancy. 

Fintan's main research interests lie in load profile analysis and the application of various techniques to describe and predict how electricity is used. Fintan is also interested in the Smart Grid and the use of data analytics to improve customer and network intelligence for the purposes of efficient generation, transmission and consumption of electricity.




McLoughlin, F., "Characterising Domestic Electricity Demand for Customer Load Profile Segmentation." PhD thesis. Dublin Institute of Technology, 2013

McLoughlin F, Duffy, A., Conlon, M. “Solar photovoltaic water pumping for Multiple Use Systems (MUS) in Nepal”, IEEE 48th International Universities' Power Engineering Conference (UPEC), Dublin 2nd – 5th September 2013

McLoughlin F, Duffy, A., Conlon, M. “Evaluation of time series techniques to characterise domestic electricity demand”, Energy, Vol. 50 February 2013

McLoughlin, F., Duffy, A., Conlon, M. “Characterising domestic electricity consumption patterns by dwelling and occupant socio-economic variables: An Irish case study,” Energy and Buildings, Vol. 48, pp. 240-248, 2012

McLoughlin, F., Duffy, A., Conlon, M. “Analysing domestic electricity smart metering data using self-organising maps”, IEEE CIRED Workshop, 29-30 May 2012, Lisbon, Portugal

McLoughlin, F., Duffy, A., Conlon, M. “The Generation of Domestic Electricity Load Profiles through Markov Chain Modelling,” Euro-Asian Journal of Sustainable Energy Development Policy, Vol. 5, 2012

McLoughlin, F., Duffy, A., Conlon, M. "A parametric analysis of domestic electricity consumption patterns in Ireland. IEEE Tenth International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering (EEEIC), 8-11 May 2011, Rome, Italy