Dominic McLarnon is an experienced energy research engineer, start-up developer and research programme facilitator and project manager with strong sectoral experience in the energy and renewables industry. Dominic is currently SPIRE 2 (Storage Platform for the Integration of Renewable Energy) Commercialisation Manager with a remit to develop commercial pathways and create the right conditions for market exploitation of the project outputs. He was formerly the Horizon 2020 Northern Ireland Contact Point (NICP) for energy with the responsibility for engagement with H2020 EU energy related research and development programmes in order to maximise Northern Ireland’s opportunities for European funding. Dominic spent his formative years post-graduation on renewable energy research at Ulster University before embarking on a role at Nortel Networks as Design for Environment/Mechanical Design Manager. He is on the board of both International Energy Research Centre (IERC) and Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE).
Dr Mervyn Smyth obtained a 1st Class BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering and PhD for solar energy research both from Ulster University. Dr Smyth has over 25 years’ experience in the HVAC and solar energy industries. Dr Smyth has a particular interest in solar thermal systems and has been involved in the design, development, fabrication and evaluation of various types of solar water heating units. Dr Smyth is a past chair of CIBSE NI and vice chair of the TU1205 EU COST action on Building Integrated Solar Thermal Systems.