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    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 MSc 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), Energy Institute (EI) 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 and associated thermal energy management systems.

Education/Academic qualification






Bachelor, Dundalk Institute of Technology


Dundalk Institute of Technology


External positions

Project Manager (Management and Construction)


Project and Team Management, IBM


Engineering and Customer Service



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

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