Bord Gáis Networks and DIT Launch SME Energy Usage Research Project

24th November 2011: Bord Gáis Networks and Dublin Institute of Technology are co-funding a doctoral research project analysing small and medium enterprises' heat consumption in Ireland.

Under the Dublin Institute of Technology Fiosraigh - Bord Gáis Networks Award, PhD student, Mr Ronan Oliver will undertake research which will examine the implications of energy usage in the SME sector and its implications for developing a low-carbon economy. The research project is being undertaken as part of the Dublin Institute of Technology Fiosraigh – Enterprise Scheme, an initiative through which DIT can partner with external, industry partners to support PhD students. Dr Aidan Duffy (DIT), Prof. Karsten Menzel (UCC) and Ian Kilgallon, Regulatory Affairs and Process Manager (Bord Gáis Networks) will be the academic supervisors for the project.

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Mr. John Barry, Managing Director, Bord Gaís Networks, PhD student, Mr Ronan Oliver and Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT 

Speaking at the announcement, Dr. Mike Murphy, Director and Dean of DIT College of Engineering and Built Environment welcomed the collaboration and looked forward to future opportunities for engagement between Bord Gaís Networks and DIT.

According to Mr. John Barry, Managing Director, Bord Gáis Networks, the research collaboration marks an exciting development in the relationship between the two organisations. “This research will provide Bord Gáis Networks with a greater understanding of SME natural gas consumption and may influence policymaking in the future. We look forward to working with Mr Oliver and DIT on the project,” he said.

Bord Gáis Networks, on behalf of Gaslink, develops, operates and maintains the natural gas transmission and distribution networks in Ireland and provides gas transportation services to suppliers and shippers. Natural gas is available in over 153 population centres within 19 counties throughout the country and there are over 640,000 gas users in Ireland.

Bord Gáis Networks has been collaborating closely with DIT over the past year under a Memorandum of Understanding which was signed in 2010. It recently became the latest member of the DIT Corporate Partnership Network and has been accredited by DIT as a partner for educational collaboration.

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Mr John Barry, Managing Director, Bord Gaís Networks, and Dr. Mike Murphy, Director and Dean of DIT College of Engineering and Built Environment

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