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In addition to his interests at Kinewell Energy, Dr Pádraig Lyons is Head of Group at the International Energy Research Centre in Cork, Ireland and is a guest researcher at Newcastle University. His interests include challenges and solutions for onshore and offshore electrical networks predicated by the anticipated growth in low and zero carbon technologies such as PV, wind generation, electric vehicles and heat pumps. Pádraig has held a number of other roles in academia and industry. Previously, he was a Senior Specialist at ESB Networks whose responsibilities included development of strategy in electrification of heat and transport, microgeneration, innovation and power quality. He was a lecturer in power systems and smart grids at Newcastle University and led the engineering research in the UKs largest smart grid project thus far; the Customer Led Network Revolution (CLNR).

He is a chartered engineer who has also worked as a primary design engineer for ESBI in Ireland, a senior consultant in power systems analysis for TNEI Services Ltd.

He received his BE in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and MEngSc in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork, Cork, Ireland in 1999 and 2002 respectively. He received his PhD degree in 2010 from Durham University, UK