TSSG researches the importance of integrating Renewable Energy into the Grid

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The current electricity grid is transforming into a smarter grid a.k.a, Smart Grid (SG). One of  the  major  goals  of  the  SG  is to  move towards 100%  electricity  generation  from  RERs,  i.e., towards a  100%  renewable  grid. In fact, rising  energy  costs,  losses in  the  present-day  electricity  grid,  risks  from  nuclear  power generation,  and  global environmental  changes  are  motivating  a transformation  of  the conventional  ways  of  generating  electricity.

Globally, there is a desire to rely more on renewable energy resources (RERs) for electricity generation.  RERs reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may have economic benefits, e.g., through applying demand side management with dynamic pricing so as to shift loads from fossil fuel-based generators to RERs. However, the disparate, intermittent, and typically widely geographically distributed nature of RERs complicates  the  integration  of  RERs into  the  SG.  Moreover, individual RERs have generally lower capacity than conventional fossil-fuel plants, and these RERs are based on a wide spectrum of different technologies.  This paper provides an overview of recent efforts that aim to integrate RERs into the SG. It outlines the integration of RERs into the SG along with their supporting communication networks. The paper also discusses ongoing projects that seek to integrate RERs into the SG around the globe. Finally, future research directions on integrating RERs into the SG are outlined.

Publication Title: Integrating Renewable Energy Resources into the Smart Grid: Recent Developments in Information and Communication Technologies

Authors: Mubashir Husain Rehmani, Martin Reisslein, Abderrezak Rachedi, Melike Erol Kantarci, and Milena Radenkovic,

Journal: The IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (to appear, 2018).


Multi-Million Euro National Supercomputer based in Waterford


Since 2013, TSSG has been home to Ireland’s Supercomputer named ‘Fionn’. This supercomputer was installed at TSSG’s data centre in W.I.T with the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) managing its operation.

Just 5 years later, Fionn has become obsolete and is being retired later this year. What will take its place? A new National Supercomputer has been announced by NUI Galway and ICHEC today with funding of €5.4 million from Science Foundation Ireland. The yet-to-be-named Supercomputer will be managed and operated by NUI Galway and ICHEC. The new computer will provide researchers with the high performance processing power to continue and advance their work into a number of industries including Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning – areas TSSG are at the fore front of.

Your school can get involved in naming the Supercomputer by voting for one of six pioneering Irish researchers in fields including Geology and Programming. To enter visit 

To view the full article visit 

Listen to Neil Wilson of ICHEC interview on Morning Ireland @ 1:55:33

Innovation Voucher Clinic Tuesday 22nd May

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TSSG want to help you secure €5,000 worth of funding for your business through the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Programme.

Our team will advise and guide you through the application process and will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

When? Tuesday 22nd May

Time: 8.30am-10:30am

Where? Netlabs, TSSG, W.I.T West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford

Denise Manton, Technology Gateway Manager, will give you a brief introduction to TSSG and how Innovation Vouchers can benefit your company. Following a brief discussion, you will have the opportunity to meet, on a one to one basis, with Denise and the Technology Gateway team who will provide feedback on your product concept and advise on how to proceed.

This clinic is open to all limited companies with 1-250 employees interested in developing a product, process or service. You do not have to be a client of Enterprise Ireland, nor have an Enterprise Ireland Development Adviser, to apply for a voucher.

TSSG is part of the Technology Gateway Network which was created to assist research centres and industry to work together and aid the research and development of innovative products and services through a dedicated and specialised team.

Innovation Voucher Call opens Wednesday 16th May at 3pm and closes Wednesday 30th May at 3pm.

Register your interest in this Innovation Voucher Clinic by emailing

Extend your R&D capability with an Innovation Voucher

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Are you an Irish SME looking for help with research and innovation? Have you a product or service that requires expertise currently outside of your existing R&D capacity? The Technology Gateway Network, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers, can help!

The next Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher call for 2018 opens on Wednesday May 16th and closes on Wednesday 30th May, at 3pm.

The Innovation Voucher scheme was developed to build links between Ireland’s public knowledge providers such as TSSG and small businesses to encourage them to work with Irish research institutes. Companies can access expertise and resources to develop new or improve products, processes, services and generate new knowledge. The participating company benefits in terms of its growth, evolution of its strategic research & development and the creation of new knowledge that it can use to generate commercial advantage.

TSSG are currently assisting companies in application writing and registering for this call and if you would like to receive more information on the Innovation Voucher initiative, please visit Enterprise Ireland website or contact us by emailing .  Please note you do not have to be a client of Enterprise Ireland, nor have an Enterprise Ireland Development Adviser, to apply for a voucher.

We are hosting an Innovation Voucher Clinic Tuesday May 22nd at 8.30am where you will meet the team who will advise and guide you through the process. Click here for more information and to register simply email  with the attendees names.  

Technology Gateways

The Technology Gateway Network is composed of 15 specialist gateways, situated within 11 Institutes of Technology around Ireland. We focus on key technology areas which are aligned to industry needs in areas such as polymers, photonics, mobile, coatings, industrial design, mechatronics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, wireless technologies and precision engineering. Each centre works in conjunction with industry to aid the research and development of innovative products and services through a dedicated team of specialised engineers. 

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Empty cockpit of autonomous car, HUD(Head Up Display) and digital speedometer. self-driving vehicle.

The Irish Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) Research Showcase took place in Killarney on the 2nd May 2018. The CAV seminar included speakers from both academia and private sectors showcasing the projects they are actively involved in to grow the autonomous vehicle industry. TSSG of Waterford Institute of Technology was in attendance and Frances Cleary, a Research Unit Manager at TSSG, actively participated as a speaker at the event providing an overview of the Applied IOT Cluster and also giving an insight into current active projects the TSSG have in this CAV domain.

The A-IoT Cluster is a consortium of five of Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateways, providing a single point of contact for companies looking to access technical capabilities for Internet of Things (IoT) research and development. Via the cluster, industry can connect with 300 research professionals in software, hardware, communications/networks, data analytics, control, UI/UX and trialling. The A-IoT Cluster is open to all companies, of any size, nationally and internationally. TSSG actively leads one of three Gateway’s in Waterford Institute of Technology which is part of the AIoT Cluster.

Ms. Cleary went on to give an insight into the TransSec EU H2020 project, where TSSG participate and bring their expertise and actively lead tasks relating to V2X communications and Risk communication. TransSec project focuses on the use of autonomous emergency vehicle manoeuvring and monitoring for road transport security. Ms. Cleary also gave an insight into the GreeNway project (Advanced GPS algorithm for triggering the traffic lights to bypass emergency vehicles) and an insight into the Brain to vehicle communications project underway within the TSSG MEPS unit, focusing on leveraging EEG mind control and assessing signal processing, control and reaction levels.

The CAV event was followed by the Electronomous International Conference with an Irish context bringing together top experts in the field of Electric Vehicles, Connected Car Technology, ADAS, Cyber Security and Autonomous Vehicles. Now in its second year, Electronomous International Conference has become a key Industry event and provides a unique glimpse at how technology will affect the Automotive Industry, Insurance industry, Car Finance Industry, Car Sales and Motoring into the future. Discussions surrounding security and safety were the focus of these events along with a very interesting and insightful presentation from Erik Lorentzen from Norwegian EV Success; Norway are currently leading the charge in electric/hybrid vehicles with 200,000 on the roads compared to 5,000 in Ireland.

Watch this space as we announce more research break-through’s in the areas of autonomous vehicle and anti-terrorism.


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