Finbar Gillen

I am currently in final year studying Environmental Planning in Queen's University Belfast, and I am considering doing a related masters course, I am also undertaking some voluntary placement in Johns, Cassidy & Co. Omagh, County Tyrone. I hope this will be some sort of stepping stone when searching for work in the years to follow

Decentralised Energy Creation: Is it the Way Forward?

by Finbar Gillen

Climate change has now become the problem the world cannot ignore. Addressing future global warming, and adapting to it now, will require making fundamental changes to the way we live. How we produce, distribute and use ... Read article

Tidal Wave Energy: Is it Ecologically Sustainable?

by Finbar Gillen

Global energy demand continues to grow and tidal wave energy generation devices can provide a significant source of renewable energy. Technological developments in offshore engineering, and the rising cost of traditional... Read article

Commercial Onshore Wind Farms: A Threat to the Amenity of the Landscape

by Finbar Gillen

The amount of wind power in the world is increasing quickly. The background for this development is improved technology, decreased costs for the units, and increased concern regarding environmental problems of competing ... Read article

Sustainable Farming in the 21st Century: Anaerobic Digestion in The Netherlands

by Finbar Gillen

In the neighbourhood "Polderwijk" of Zeewolde, The Netherlands, more than a thousand homes, schools and a churches are sustainably heated with green heating that is produced with the production of electricity from biogas... Read article

Floating Life: Is It Achievable?

by Finbar Gillen

The Netherlands is a relatively small country, however it has a considerably sizeable population that is currently in and around 16.5 million. This makes it one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with ... Read article

Micro Hydropower: An Underused Source of Renewable Energy?

by Finbar Gillen

Climate change is seen as the major problem of our generation, and confronting it will mean action on how energy is sourced and the levels of demand. In 1990, the United Kingdom signed an agreement for reducing emission ... Read article

Harvesting of Rainwater in the U.K.: Storm Water Management

by Finbar Gillen

The UK is a rich western country with a population of 60 million. Average water use is 150 litres per person per day (55m3 per person per year). Although the perception (not least by its inhabitants) is that the UK is a ... Read article

Fracking in Northern Ireland: Is it Sustainable for All?

by Finbar Gillen

The process of shale gas exhaustion, fracking, has been used since the late 1940s to help get “that last bit” of conventional oil and gas out of the ground. Conventional means that it is easy to get out, not tightly trap... Read article

Community Participation in Renewable Energy Schemes

by Finbar Gillen

Increasing renewable energy generation is fundamental for sustainable development. Over the last 10 years, interest has grown in the potential for communities to take a more active role in renewable energy development. C... Read article

Biking in Belfast: The Road to a Sustainable City

by Finbar Gillen

Cycling is one of the healthiest ways to get around our cities;providing valuable physical activity for people. This form of active transport can generate indirect public health benefits by reducing the use of vehicles, ... Read article