New Webinar Booking Now – 30 Years Trying to Reduce CO2 Emissions


Tim Cooper has extensive practical, professional and scientific experience in the fields of electricity generation and energy use in buildings in Ireland.

Appointed as Director of Buildings, Trinity College, in 1980 with responsibility for the operation, care and conservation of the “fabric” of the University.

Managed the Green Building project in Temple Bar, Dublin 2 which set out to demonstrate the viability of incorporating optimal energy conservation technology in a mixed-use city centre building. It was completed in 1994 and won the RIAI regional award for Dublin in 1995.

Designed and operated Wood Quay CHP/DHS project. This set out to demonstrate the viability of installing a gas fuelled combined heat and power unit in an existing city centre office complex and using it to generate electricity and heat for the office complex and heat for the neighbouring buildings. The was commissioned in January 1997 and received the coveted Bremen Partnership Award in 2001.

Received the President’s Award from the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland in 2001 ” for his outstanding contribution to Sustainable Development in Irish Industry.”

Stepped down from post of Director of Buildings in Trinity College Dublin in November 2004 to undertake full-time research and consultancy work in areas related to his experience and expertise.

Some projects completed since then include;

First ever grid-connected solar PV systems approved by the Irish DNO commissioned in 2006

Design of PV system for first house built to Passive Plus Standards in Ireland completed in 2020

Played a pivotal role in the drafting of new National Standard Recommendations for the design and installation of solar PV micro-generators in homes published by NSAI on 21st December 2021 (S.R.55:2021 Solar photovoltaic micro-generators for dwellings – design, installation, commissioning and maintenance).

Designed and developed high temperature thermal storage unit that takes the place of conventional cookers, toasters and tea/coffee makers aimed at eliminating “Duck Curve” problems emerging in areas of high-density PV installations without the need for Lithium batteries. First unit installed in April 2024.

Tim will discuss the Green Building Project in Temple Bar from background right up to today, including the obstacles faced and overcome, its performance during the last 30 years and its use as a global thermometer today.

Tim will also discuss the evolution of solar PV in Ireland from the tentative start on the roof of the Green Building 30 years ago to the grant induced gold rush of today. The presentation will conclude by discussing the role played by domestic solar PV systems in the reduction of CO2 emissions.


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