Research Profile

David Wall

Biography

Dr David Wall is a Lecturer in Transportation Engineering for the School of Engineering in UCC. David was a previous Teagasc Walsh Fellow and has a PhD in Energy Engineering. Prior to this, he obtained a MSc in Biosystems Engineering from Michigan State University, USA.  

David is a PI in the SFI-funded MaREI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, in Research Area 5 “Advanced Fuels and the Circular Economy”. He has published ca. 30 peer reviewed journal papers in the area of bioenergy and renewable gas (h-index of 18).
 

David is also a member of the International Energy Agency Bioenergy: Task 37 Biogas and has previously authored an IEA Bioenergy report “Facilitating a future green gas grid through the production of renewable gas”.

Twitter: @davvywall

Research Interests

·       Renewable gas technologies (biogas, biomethane, biohydrogen).
·       Valorisation of waste streams through novel Circular Economy approaches.
·       Cascading bioenergy systems for enhanced sustainability.
·       Electrofuels (renewable fuels from non-biological origins)
·       Decarbonisation of transport and agriculture through bioenergy

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'Chapter 5 - Influential Aspects in Waste Management Practices'
Rajendran, Karthik,Lin, Richen,Wall, David M.,Murphy, Jerry D.,Taherzadeh, Mohammad J.,Bolton, Kim,Wong, Jonathan,Pandey, Ashok (2019) 'Chapter 5 - Influential Aspects in Waste Management Practices' In: Sustainable Resource Recovery and Zero Waste Approaches. ElsevierElsevier.   [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2019)'Trace element supplementation is associated with increases in fermenting bacteria in biogas mono-digestion of grass silage'
FitzGerald, JA;Wall, DM;Jackson, SA;Murphy, JD;Dobson, ADW (2019) 'Trace element supplementation is associated with increases in fermenting bacteria in biogas mono-digestion of grass silage'. Renewable Energy, 138 :980-986 [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'The effect of electricity markets, and renewable electricity penetration, on the levelised cost of energy of an advanced electro-fuel system incorporating carbon capture and utilisation'
McDonagh, S;Wall, DM;Deane, P;Murphy, JD (2019) 'The effect of electricity markets, and renewable electricity penetration, on the levelised cost of energy of an advanced electro-fuel system incorporating carbon capture and utilisation'. Renewable Energy, 131 :364-371 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Modelling of a power-to-gas system to predict the levelised cost of energy of an advanced renewable gaseous transport fuel'
McDonagh, S;O'Shea, R;Wall, DM;Deane, JP;Murphy, JD (2018) 'Modelling of a power-to-gas system to predict the levelised cost of energy of an advanced renewable gaseous transport fuel'. Applied Energy, 215 :444-456 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'An economic and carbon analysis of biomethane production from food waste to be used as a transport fuel in Mexico'
Chan Gutierrez, E., Wall, D.M., O'Shea, R., Gomez, M.M., Murphy, J.D. (2018) 'An economic and carbon analysis of biomethane production from food waste to be used as a transport fuel in Mexico'. Journal Of Cleaner Production, 196 :852-862 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Techno-economic analysis of biogas upgrading via amine scrubber, carbon capture and ex-situ methanation'
Vo, Truc T. Q.; Wall, David M.; Ring, Denis; Rajendran, Karthik; Murphy, Jerry D. (2018) 'Techno-economic analysis of biogas upgrading via amine scrubber, carbon capture and ex-situ methanation'. Applied Energy, 212 :1191-1202   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2017)'Assessing the total theoretical, and financially viable, resource of biomethane for injection to a natural gas network in a region'
O'Shea, Richard,Wall, David M.,Kilgallon, Ian,Browne, James D.,Murphy, Jerry D. (2017) 'Assessing the total theoretical, and financially viable, resource of biomethane for injection to a natural gas network in a region'. Applied Energy, 188 :237-256   [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'The potential of power to gas to provide green gas utilising existing CO2 sources from industries, distilleries and wastewater treatment facilities'
O'Shea, Richard; Wall, David M.; McDonagh, Shane; Murphy, Jerry D. (2017) 'The potential of power to gas to provide green gas utilising existing CO2 sources from industries, distilleries and wastewater treatment facilities'. Renewable Energy, 114 :1090-1100   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2017)'An energy and greenhouse gas comparison of centralised biogas production with road haulage of pig slurry, and decentralised biogas production with biogas transportation in a low-pressure pipe network'
O'Shea, R;Wall, DM;Murphy, JD (2017) 'An energy and greenhouse gas comparison of centralised biogas production with road haulage of pig slurry, and decentralised biogas production with biogas transportation in a low-pressure pipe network'. Applied Energy, 208 :108-122 [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Use of surplus wind electricity in Ireland to produce compressed renewable gaseous transport fuel through biological power to gas systems'
Vo, TTQ;Xia, A;Wall, DM;Murphy, JD (2017) 'Use of surplus wind electricity in Ireland to produce compressed renewable gaseous transport fuel through biological power to gas systems'. Renewable Energy, 105 :495-504 [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Investigating two-phase digestion of grass silage for demand-driven biogas applications: Effect of particle size and rumen fluid addition'
Wall, D. M.,Allen, E.,O'Shea, R.,O'Kiely, P.,Murphy, J. D. (2016) 'Investigating two-phase digestion of grass silage for demand-driven biogas applications: Effect of particle size and rumen fluid addition'. Renewable Energy, 86 :1215-1223   [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Modelling a demand driven biogas system for production of electricity at peak demand and for production of biomethane at other times'
O'Shea, R., Kilgallon, I., Wall, D., Murphy, J.D. (2016) 'Modelling a demand driven biogas system for production of electricity at peak demand and for production of biomethane at other times'. Bioresource Technology, [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'A detailed assessment of resource of biomethane from first, second and third generation substrates'
Allen, Eoin,Wall, David M.,Herrmann, Christiane,Murphy, Jerry D. (2016) 'A detailed assessment of resource of biomethane from first, second and third generation substrates'. Renewable Energy, 87, Part 1 :656-665   [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Quantification and location of a renewable gas industry based on digestion of wastes in Ireland'
O'Shea, R., Kilgallon, I., Wall, D., Murphy, J.D. (2016) 'Quantification and location of a renewable gas industry based on digestion of wastes in Ireland'. Applied Energy, [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Assessment of the impact of incentives and of scale on the build order and location of biomethane facilities and the feedstock they utilise'
O'Shea, R., Kilgallon, I., Wall, D., Murphy, J.D. (2016) 'Assessment of the impact of incentives and of scale on the build order and location of biomethane facilities and the feedstock they utilise'. Applied Energy, [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Optimised biogas production from microalgae through co-digestion with carbon-rich co-substrates'
Herrmann, Christiane,Kalita, Navajyoti,Wall, David,Xia, Ao,Murphy, Jerry D. (2016) 'Optimised biogas production from microalgae through co-digestion with carbon-rich co-substrates'. Bioresource Technology, 214 :328-337   [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Biogas production generated through continuous digestion of natural and cultivated seaweeds with dairy slurry'
Tabassum, M., Wall, D., Murphy, J.D. (2016) 'Biogas production generated through continuous digestion of natural and cultivated seaweeds with dairy slurry'. Bioresource Technology, [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Sustainability assessment of large-scale storage technologies for surplus electricity using group multi-criteria decision analysis'
Vo, Truc T. Q.,Xia, Ao,Rogan, Fionn,Wall, David M.,Murphy, Jerry D. (2016) 'Sustainability assessment of large-scale storage technologies for surplus electricity using group multi-criteria decision analysis'. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, :1-15   [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Methanosarcina Play an Important Role in Anaerobic Co-Digestion of the Seaweed Ulva lactuca: Taxonomy and Predicted Metabolism of Functional Microbial Communities'
FitzGerald, Jamie A.,Allen, Eoin,Wall, David M.,Jackson, Stephen A.,Murphy, Jerry D.,Dobson, Alan D. W. (2015) 'Methanosarcina Play an Important Role in Anaerobic Co-Digestion of the Seaweed Ulva lactuca: Taxonomy and Predicted Metabolism of Functional Microbial Communities'. PLoS ONE, 10 (11)   [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Investigation of effect of particle size and rumen fluid addition on specific methane yields of high lignocellulose grass silage'
Wall, D. M.,Straccialini, B.,Allen, E.,Nolan, P.,Herrmann, C.,O’Kiely, P.,Murphy, J. D. (2015) 'Investigation of effect of particle size and rumen fluid addition on specific methane yields of high lignocellulose grass silage'. Bioresource Technology, 192 :266-271   [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'What is the gross energy yield of third generation gaseous biofuel sourced from seaweed?'
Allen E., Wall, D., Herrmann, C., Xia, A., Murphy, J.D. (2015) 'What is the gross energy yield of third generation gaseous biofuel sourced from seaweed?'. Energy, (81):352-360 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Optimisation of digester performance with increasing organic loading rate for mono- and co-digestion of grass silage and dairy slurry'
David Wall, Eoin Allen, Barbara Straccialini, Padraig O'Kiely, Jerry D Murphy (2014) 'Optimisation of digester performance with increasing organic loading rate for mono- and co-digestion of grass silage and dairy slurry'. Bioresource Technology, [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Investigation of the optimal percentage of green seaweed that may be co-digested with dairy slurry to produce gaseous biofuel'
Allen, Eoin,Wall, David M.,Herrmann, Christiane,Murphy, Jerry D. (2014) 'Investigation of the optimal percentage of green seaweed that may be co-digested with dairy slurry to produce gaseous biofuel'. Bioresour. Technol, 170 (0):436-444   [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'The effect of trace element addition to mono-digestion of grass silage at high organic loading rates'
Wall, D., Allen, E., Straccialini, B., O’Kiely, P., Murphy, J.D. (2014) 'The effect of trace element addition to mono-digestion of grass silage at high organic loading rates'. Bioresource Technology, [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'The potential for biomethane from grass and slurry to satisfy renewable energy targets'
Wall, David M.,O’Kiely, Padraig,Murphy, Jerry D. (2013) 'The potential for biomethane from grass and slurry to satisfy renewable energy targets'. Bioresour. Technol, 149 (0):425-431   [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Reconstitution of dewatered food processing residuals with manure to increase energy production from anaerobic digestion'
Wall, David M.,Wu-Haan, Wei,Safferman, Steven I. (2012) 'Reconstitution of dewatered food processing residuals with manure to increase energy production from anaerobic digestion'. Biomass and Bioenergy, 46 (0):429-434   [DOI] [Details]

Reviews

 YearPublication
(2019)Biological hydrogen methanation systems–an overview of design and efficiency.
Rusmanis D.;O’Shea R.;Wall D.;Murphy J. (2019) Biological hydrogen methanation systems–an overview of design and efficiency. Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2017)Cascading biomethane energy systems for sustainable green gas production in a circular economy.
Wall, DM;McDonagh, S;Murphy, JD (2017) Cascading biomethane energy systems for sustainable green gas production in a circular economy. OXFORD: Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Professional Activities

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2015University College Cork PhDEnergy Engineering
2008University College Dublin BEBiosystems Engineering
2010Michigan State University MScBiosystems Engineering

Other Activities

 Description

David co-represents Ireland at the International Energy Agency Bioenergy: Task 37 Biogas. He is also currently a Guest Editor for the Frontiers of Energy Research Journal under the topic “Advanced Biofuel Production and Cascading Bioenergy Systems”.

David has also worked on a number consultancy projects including SEAI’s “Assessment of the cost and benefits of biogas and biomethane in Ireland” and the Dingle Feasibility Study for creating a Sustainable Energy Community. He has been invited to speak to the Bioenergy Steering Group for the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) in the development of the new Bioenergy Plan for Ireland, and to stakeholders of the Irish Transport Energy network.

Teaching Activities

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Transportation and Energy NE3904Transportation and Energy
2020Traffic and Highways CE4012Traffic and Highways
2020Biomass Energy NE4005Biomass Energy

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