Dr. Mark O'Malley is a senior research fellow at NREL and chief scientist of energy systems integration. He is also a professor of electrical engineering at University College Dublin (UCD) and founded the university's Electricity Research Centre, a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, industry supported research activity.
Dr. O'Malley is a world authority on energy systems integration, in particular on the integration of renewable energy technologies.
Dr. O'Malley's research is industry focused and internationally collaborative. He has published over 350 journal and conference papers, primarily on his core research area of electrical power engineering but also extensively in biomedical engineering. He has led interdisciplinary research teams of up to 60 people, with representation from mechanical, civil and chemical engineering, as well as geology, mathematics, economics, business, and social science.
Dr. O'Malley is the co-founder of the European Energy Research Alliance, Joint Programme in Energy Systems Integration, and the founder of the Electricity Research Centre at UCD. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a foreign member of the National Academy of Engineering, and has received two Fullbright Fellowships. Dr. O'Malley serves as chair of the Research and Education Working Group within the Energy Systems Integration Group.
He is regularly engaged as a consultant for industry and government, with clients including the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Energy Agency, and the Energy Foundation. He has convened energy systems experts to inform European Union positions on energy system designs.
Dr. O'Malley has supervised 23 Ph.D. students to completion and taught undergraduate and postgraduate level courses for over 25 years in Ireland, China, the United States, and Belgium. Currently on sabbatical from UCD, he served as head of the university's Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. More recent teaching interests are centered on the development of a massive open online course on energy systems integration.
- National University of Ireland: PhD in Electrical Engineering, 1987
- National University of Ireland: B.E. in Electrical Engineering, 1983
- Director, International Institute for Energy Systems Integration, 2014-2018
- James M. Flaherty Visiting Professor, McGill University, 2017
- Visiting Researcher, NREL, 2011-2017
- Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCD, 2005-present
- Fullbright Fellow, University of Washington, 1999
- Associate Professor, UCD, 1996-1999
- Fullbright Fellow, University of Virginia, 1994
- Research Engineer, CAPTEC, 1987-1988
- Lecturer, UCD, 1986-1996
Associations and Accreditations/Memberships
- National Academy of Engineering, Foreign Member, 2018
- The Royal Irish Academy, Elected Member, 2008
- The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers for contributions to "Modelling and control of renewable energy on island power systems," Fellow, 2007
- Institution of Engineers of Ireland, Fellow, 2001
- Institution of Electrical Engineers, Fellow, 2001
- Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Fellow, 1999
- Chartered Engineer, 1990
- "Wind power integration; Connection and system operational aspects, 2nd edition," IET (2014)
- "Evaluation of power system flexibility," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 27 (2), 922-931 (2012)
- "Impacts of large amounts of wind power on design and operation of power systems, results of IEA collaboration," Wind Energy 14 (2), 179-192 (2011)
- "Stochastic optimization model to study the operational impacts of high wind penetrations in Ireland," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 26 (3), 1367-1379 (2011)
- "Capacity value of wind power," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 26 (2), 564-572 (2011)
- "Use of frequency response metrics to assess the planning and operating requirements for reliable integration of variable renewable generation," Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2011)
- "Base-load cycling on a system with significant wind penetration," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 25 (2), 1088-1097 (2010)
- "An assessment of the impact of wind generation on system frequency control," IEEE transactions on power systems 25 (1), 452-460 (2010)
- "A steady-state voltage stability analysis of power systems with high penetrations of wind," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 25 (1), 433-442 (2010)
- "Unit commitment for systems with significant wind penetration," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 24 (2), 592-601 (2009)
- "Automatic detection of gait events using kinematic data," Gait & posture 25 (3), 469-474 (2007)
- "Wind generation, power system operation, and emissions reduction," IEEE Transactions on power systems 21 (1), 341-347 (2006)
- "A new approach to quantify reserve demand in systems with significant installed wind capacity," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 20 (2), 587-595 (2005)
- "Frequency control and wind turbine technologies," IEEE Transactions on power systems 20 (4), 1905-1913 (2005)
- "Optimal allocation of embedded generation on distribution networks," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 20 (3), 1640-1646 (2005)
- "The inertial response of induction-machine-based wind turbines," IEEE Transactions on power systems 20 (3), 1496-1503 (2005)
- "Automated processing of the single-lead electrocardiogram for the detection of obstructive sleep apnoea," IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 50 (6), 686-696 (2003)
- "Rectification and non-linear pre-processing of EMG signals for cortico-muscular analysis," Journal of neuroscience methods 124 (2), 157-165 (2003)
- "Controllers of Ziegler-Nichols type for unstable process with time delay," International Journal of Control 49 (4), 1273-1284 (1989)
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Awards and Honors
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) PES Technical Committee Prize Paper, 2008
- Utility Wind Integration Group Achievement Award, 2008
- University College Dublin (UCD), President Research Fellowship, 2007
- IEEE Power Engineering Society Outstanding Engineer Award, 2002
- Fulbright Scholarship, University of Washington 1999
- President Research Fellowship, 1999
- Fulbright Scholarship, University of Virginia 1994
- UCD President Research Award, 1993
- UCD President Research Award, 1991