ESB installation unveiled at the University of Limerick

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Pat O’Doherty, ESB, Professor Kerstin Mey, Prof Edmond Magner, and Professor Luuk van der Wielen Picture: Press 22

Pat O’Doherty, ESB, Professor Kerstin Mey, Prof Edmond Magner, and Professor Luuk van der Wielen Picture: Press 22

A NEW installation created from an original turbine used as part of a historic Irish power scheme has been unveiled at the University of Limerick.

As part of a new partnership between ESB and UL, an art installation created from the runner of an original Francis Turbine has been unveiled in the courtyard of the Bernal Institute.

The turbine, which was used during the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme at Ardnacrusha Power Station, generated clean electricity for 66 years, before it was decommissioned in 1995. 

It was donated by ESB to UL in 2010.

The installation at UL is a fitting reminder of the important role played by the Shannon Scheme in triggering major social and economic change in Ireland, according to ESB chief executive Pat O’Doherty. 

“One of the most visionary projects of the last century, it helped to change a way of life that had existed for generations,” Mr O’Doherty said. 

The installation was unveiled as part of a new partnership between ESB and the university which will see UL energy researchers financially supported by the company over the next four years. 

Three PhD students Cian Murphy, Hamid Hafizi and Indraneel Roy Chowdhury, whose energy related research will  receive funding from ESB through the new partnership.

“My research focuses on the use of smart materials in composite structures and my vision is that one day we will all be generating our own clean electricity, just by walking down the street,” Mr Murphy said. 

“I’m excited that my curiosity might now lead to a real benefit to our society, and this funding support from ESB will greatly assist me in this goal.”

ESB has also become an industry partner to Science Foundation Ireland-funded projects with the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy at UL. 

ESB will also fund an annual visiting lecture that will bring international experts to UL to share insights and the latest international thinking on research to tackle climate change.