American football is not the only thing on the University of Notre Dame’s mind this weekend, as Dublin gears up for the game at the Aviva Stadium, but academics from the university were at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin this morning to discuss global energy challenges, the future role of renewables and how technologies such as carbon capture and storage can play a role in helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This morning's conference itself was entitled 'The Future of Energy: dreams and responsibilities'. The keynote speaker was intended to be NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, but he had to cancel his appearance in Dublin as a result of the passing of the astronaut Neil Armstrong.
While Ireland's Energy and Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte, TD, opened the conference, before he headed off to reveal the country's National Broadband Plan, speakers in the opening session about next-generation energy included Mazhar Bari, co-founder and CTO of the Irish company SolarPrint, which is developing photovoltaic technologies via dye-sensitised solar cells. Meanwhile Thomas Corke, a professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, was also in Dublin this morning to talk about new technologies.