ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year: Seán O’Connor

ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year: Seán O’Connor

Seán O’Connor (Renewable Engine PhD Researcher, working alongside Organic Power Ltd) has received the Environmental Science Association of Ireland (ESAI) “Postgraduate Researcher of the Year award 2020”. Seán’s work will be showcased at the annual ESAI Environ conference set to be held virtually on 16th– 18th June 2021.

Seán is in the final stage of his PhD studies, which seeks to accelerate the development of small-scale anaerobic digestion (SSAD) in Ireland. SSAD is a promising technology with the capacity to transform organic matter into biogas (a mixture, mainly composed of carbon dioxide and methane), making the technology suitable for a variety of applications in energy, agriculture and, potentially, the emerging bio-products and bio-processes sector. Seán’s research aims to evaluate the current status of SSAD and to implement relevant improvement strategies and technologies, which will serve to guide researchers, policymakers and plant operators in developing a sustainable indigenous bioenergy industry in Ireland.

Seán has published six papers in high impact journals such as Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Journal of Energies, Journal of Environments, and Springer Nature. His research findings have been disseminated at four national and seven international conferences including European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) and the Energy Technology Partnership Annual Conference. His full publication list can be viewed at:

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The project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), with match funding provided by the Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland) and Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Republic of Ireland).
Interreg - Northern Ireland - Ireland - Scotland - European Regional Development Fund

We are delighted to hear that the hard work & dedication of the #EUFunded, #INTERREGVA @renewableeng project is being recognised. As lead partner, @swccollege has been nominated for the prestigious @greengowns award.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

Renewable Engine@renewableeng

South West College nominated for prestigious @greengowns award through the work of Renewable Engine: