Donal Cotter


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Dr Donal Cotter is a Research Associate in the School of the Built Environment. He works within the Centre for Sustainable Technologies with specific expertise in energy storage and heat pump technologies. He has a MEng degree in Energy and Building Services Engineering (2008-12), and a PhD in building energy storage (2012-16) from Ulster University.

He is a member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland (IEI), The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Energy Institute (EI), The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Dr Cotter has experience working in construction, mechanical engineering and project management roles spanning 15 years.

Current research projects include the development and testing of high temperature heat pumps (HTHPs) and associated thermal energy management systems.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification



Award Date: 28 Jun 2016



Award Date: 1 Jul 2012

Southern Regional College


Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

Bachelor, Dundalk Institute of Technology


Award Date: 1 Jul 1994

Dundalk Institute of Technology


Award Date: 1 Jan 1970

External positions

Project Manager (Management and Construction) , Self Employed


Project and Team Management, IBM


Engineering and Customer Service, Dromone Engineering Ltd



  • Q Science (General)
  • Renewable Energy
  • Heat Pumps
  • TH Building construction
  • Fabric
  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Compressors


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