Tadhg S. O’Donovan
Professor Tadhg O’Donovan is the Deputy Vice Principal, with responsibility for Academic Leadership on the Dubai Campus of Heriot-Watt University since 2021. He is an established researcher and has successfully secured more than £4.5m in research grants as PI and Co-I in my career to date and has a track record of collaborating with and supporting industry partners. He has a research background in thermal science which he applies to solar energy conversion, systems and storage. His research group focuses on the development of low-cost solar collector technology for domestic hot water systems, phase change thermal storage devices, characterisation of high solar photovoltaics, and the thermal management of Li-Ion batteries. He employs a techno-economic approach to develop renewable energy components and systems in partnership with industry. Professor O’Donovan has established a Renewable Energy Test Site at the Dubai campus of Heriot-Watt University, which has supported the development and characterisation of solar thermal and solar photovoltaic devices in near ideal conditions.