Aaron Barker

Aaron Barker

Researcher III-Mechanical Engineering


As a research engineer at NREL, Aaron’s focuses on the development of systems engineering and financial modelling tools; particularly for hybrid renewable energy projects.

Having previously worked on Marine Renewable Energy projects, including the development of software for modelling operations and maintenance strategy for offshore wind, Aaron now develops modeling and analysis software for hybrid systems.

Aaron received his B.S. in civil engineering from University College Cork in 2013, and his Ph.D. in Renewable Energy from University College Cork in 2019.

Research Interests

Hybrid energy systems

Wind energy

Solar energy


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University College Cork, 2013

B.S. Eng, Civil Engineering, University College Cork, 2019

Professional Experience

Research Officer, MaREI, 2018–2019

Fulbright Scholar, Oregon State University, 2017–2018

Marine Energy Consultant, MaREI, 2013–2017

Associations and Memberships

Convenor, “Marine energy - Wave, tidal and other water current converters - Part 101: Wave energy resource assessment and characterization”

Member, Engineers Ireland

Member, the International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy

Featured Work


Resilient Autonomous Wind Farms, IEEE (2020)


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Awards and Honors

Fulbright-Marine Energy Award (2017–2018)