Valentin Rigoni

UCD postgrad wins Thesis in Three Challenge

Thesis in Three winner Valentin Rigoni of UCD

9 September 2016

Valentin Rigoni from UCD was named overall winner of the 2016 Thesis in Three Challenge. The competition sees postgraduate researchers in the energy sector from around Ireland present their research in three minutes using just three slides.

Originally from Córdoba Argentina, Valentin focussed his thesis on securely integrating new techologies such as solar energy into low voltage electricity networks.

Now in its second year, this event is hosted by ESB International in collaboration with UCD IEEE Power & Energy Society.

The judging panel at the event was made up of ESB International’s John Quinn, Richard Crowley of Eirgrid, and Dr Ronan Meere from Science Foundation Ireland. Topics on the day centred around the social, renewable and environmental issues affecting the energy market.

Belfast native Anna Phoenix, a postgraduate in NUI Galway, won the audience award for presenting her research findings on optimising tidal turbine arrays.

“Events like this provide a fantastic opportunity to meet the brightest and the best within our sector, and to see how they perform under the pressure of condensing complex research into bite-size persuasive presentations,” said managing director of ESB International Ollie Brogan.

“As an organisation, ESB International and the wider ESB Group invests hugely in attracting and developing the brightest talent. It is hugely satisfying for us to see how promising the future looks in terms of talented post-grad researchers who will drive the next wave of innovation in our sector.”

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