Research Fellow - Electrical
Civil Engineering
Youngline Industrial Estate
Pouladuff Road

T: 021 4250040
E: s.armstrong@ucc.ie

Dr. Sara Armstrong is a Research Fellow working at University College Cork, Ireland. Following her bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering, she was then awarded a PhD in Electrical Engineering in the area of Photovoltaics. Sara began work in the MaREI Renewable Energy Ireland in University College Cork in 2011. Her areas of work mostly includes ocean energy dynamic modelling for power systems modelling to assess the power quality impact of connecting ocean energy to the electrical grid, power take-off testing and design, and grid integration of renewable energies. She is also a Project Team member of the IEC PT 62600-30, writing a Technical Specifications for Electrical power quality requirements for wave, tidal and other water current energy converters.

Research Interests

Grid integration of wave energy

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2015)'Assessing the Impact of the Grid Connected Pacific Marine Energy Centre Wave Energy Farm'
S. Armstrong, E. Cotilla-Sanchez, T. Kovaltchouk (2015) 'Assessing the Impact of the Grid Connected Pacific Marine Energy Centre Wave Energy Farm'. Power Engineering Journal, (99) [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'A new methodology to optimise solar energy extraction under cloudy conditions'
S. Armstrong and W.G. Hurley (2010) 'A new methodology to optimise solar energy extraction under cloudy conditions'. Renewable Energy, 35 (4):780-787 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'A thermal model for photovoltaic panels under varying atmospheric conditions'
S. Armstrong, WG Hurley (2010) 'A thermal model for photovoltaic panels under varying atmospheric conditions'. Applied Thermal Engineering, 30 :1488-1495 [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2014)Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG), 2014 IEEE 5th International Symposium on
Armstrong, S. and Mollaghan, D. and Alcorn, R. (2014) Effect of wave farm aggregation on power system stability Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG), 2014 IEEE 5th International Symposium on , pp.1-6 [Details]
(2012)Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC), 2012 47th International
Armstrong, S. and Mollaghan, D. and Blavette, A. and O'Sullivan, D. (2012) An initialisation methodology for ocean energy converter dynamic models in power system simulation tools Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC), 2012 47th International , pp.1-6 [Details]
(2012)4th International Conference on Ocean Energy
Mollaghan, D and Armstrong, S and O’Sullivan, D and Blavette, A and Alcorn, R (2012) SEAGRID: A New Dynamic Modelling Tool for Power System Analysis of Ocean Energy Devices 4th International Conference on Ocean Energy [Details]
(2008)Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference, 2008. EPE-PEMC 2008. 13th
Glavin, ME and Chan, Paul KW and Armstrong, S and Hurley, WG (2008) A stand-alone photovoltaic supercapacitor battery hybrid energy storage system Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference, 2008. EPE-PEMC 2008. 13th , pp.1688-1695 [Details]
(2008)Power Electronics Specialists Conference, 2008. PESC 2008. IEEE
Armstrong, S. and Glavin, M.E. and Hurley, W.G. (2008) Comparison of battery charging algorithms for stand alone photovoltaic systems Power Electronics Specialists Conference, 2008. PESC 2008. IEEE , pp.1469-1475 [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
IEC TC114 Team Member TC114 Team Member2013 / 2014

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Postdoctoral Researcher25-AUG-11 / 31-JUL-13
University College Cork Research Fellow - Electrical01-AUG-13 / 14-NOV-14

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2009National University of Ireland, Galway PHDSolar Energy
2003National University of Ireland, Galway B.Eng.Electronic Engineering