Wind Energy in Ireland
Wind energy is a key component of Government strategy to decarbonise the Irish economy and reduce the impacts of climate change. It provides environmental benefits over other forms of energy production, including near-zero greenhouse gas emissions, reductions in air pollution, and little or no water use during electricity production. As of 2016, wind energy alone was responsible for a reduction in CO2 emissions of over 2 million tonnes per year in Ireland. However, as with all forms of energy production, poorly sited or badly designed wind energy projects can have adverse impacts on wildlife and habitats.
Wind Energy & Wildlife
The initial focus of the MKO Research team relates to biodiversity and renewable energy, and specifically wildlife and wind energy interactions.
Wind Energy & Wildlife Research
MKO Research conducts scientific research to advance our understanding of wind energy risks to wildlife and develop solutions to avoid, minimise and offset those impacts. Building on existing knowledge in Ireland and developing novel cutting-edge research approaches, MKO Research contributes to global applied knowledge on wildlife-wind energy interactions. MKO Research works collaboratively with conservation organisations, academic institutions, and governmental agencies in Ireland to ensure that efforts to develop wind energy are aligned with national conservation priorities.
MKO Research is led by Dr. Darío Fernández-Bellon. Darío has 15 years’ experience in wildlife conservation and research on projects across Europe, Africa and South America. His research is aimed at understanding the responses of wild bird populations to global change (including climate change, land use change and energy developments) and has been published in international peer-reviewed journals. In Ireland he has worked for BirdWatch Ireland and University College Cork, focusing on the ecology and conservation of different bird species (hen harrier, merlin, curlew, lapwing or dipper, among others) and has led multiple publications, including several on the interactions between upland birds and wind farms.
Other Research Opportunities
MKO are always interested to meet experienced research professionals, who have identified an industry need that their research experience can help solve. If your academic experience and research ideas have an application for a particular industry or sector, we’ll give you the support needed to turn your idea into an opportunity of its own. We will consider a wide range of research opportunities that are applicable to the industry sectors we are already actively working in.
With the established structure of MKO Research, MKO can also build research teams for clients or sectors of industry to investigate and help challenges faced by clients. Our broad experience across multiple disciplines and a wide variety of industry sectors, provides a very good starting point. With our scientific research experience, we can leverage private-sector seed-funding to access more substantial research grant funding from State or European agencies. Call us today to discuss your specific applied research requirements.