BEng (Hons) Students presented their final year dissertations with the hope of being the Weltec Award winner for 2023.
Students from the BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering at SETU, presented their final year dissertations to Weltec Engineering representatives on Friday 19th of May 2023, with the aim of winning the annual Weltec award.
As expected, the standard was very high from all students. representatives present from Weltec decided on the top 3 on the day..
The top 3 were:
1st Pace – Mairead O’Brien
Title: Solar photovoltaic performance in Ireland.
Subtitle: Appraisal of factors affecting the efficiency of rooftop solar photovoltaic system design.
Statement of Research Problem: It is within the best interests of consumers and businesses with intentions to install rooftop PV systems to have efficient systems designed to suit the specific site conditions present. With various factors to be considered as a part of the design process for a PV system, this study will analyse several in detail: AC/DC ratio, orientation, tilt angle, type of panel cell, and IV curve analysis. The aim is to investigate possible links between live system efficiency to decisions made during the design process for a rooftop PV system.
2nd Place – Mark Dowling
Title: Creating a Comprehensive Energy Analysis with the use of BIM.
Subtitle: Comparing energy analysis of a BIM model against an as-built building.
Statement of Research Problem: Previous literature and research have shown the benefits of providing an energy efficient building for its occupants. It has also shown the energy performance gap between as-designed and as-built has been recognized for some time, but the gap is slow in closing. This dissertation will examine how an energy model created through BIM will be compared to the energy data provided from an as-built building can be used to close the gap between as-designed and as-built.
3rd Place – Clodagh Roche
Title: Developing a standardised Scope 3 Carbon Footprint tool.
Subtitle: Building a Scope 3 Carbon Footprint tool with the integration of two standards.
Statement of Research Problem: Research has acknowledged that there is confusion around the carbon accounting in reference to, organisation’s Scope 3 GHG emissions in Ireland and also around the world. Currently, there is no mandatory standard in which organisations have to follow. This dissertation will provide research on the opportunity of integrating two Carbon footprint standards, to provide clarity for organisations in Ireland. The research will provide a Carbon footprint standardised tool that could be adapted to any organisation.
These awards were established to showcase the exceptional work that final-year students of the Sustainable Energy Engineering course produce in SETU.
Weltec acknowledges the efforts of all participants and SETU representatives who participate in this great occasion, Weltec is proud to have established a solid link between themselves and SETU over the years.