Dec. 6, 2021

S3E7: Val Cummins PhD - Tapping the energy of Coastal Ireland

S3E7: Val Cummins PhD - Tapping the energy of Coastal Ireland

Through her work on the award-winning The Coastal Atlas of Ireland and on harvesting the power of ocean winds, our guest Val Cummins is a compelling advocate for embracing the potential off Ireland’s shores. 

Just named the best Irish-published book of the year, and weighing in at a hefty 10 pounds/4.5 kilos, The Coastal Atlas of Ireland is an unprecedented exploration of Ireland’s coastline and a labor of love for this trained marine geographer with a PhD in coastal management.

Simultaneously, she’s leading the way for offshore wind power development as the Emerald Project managing director and Simply Blue Group director, working to generate electricity from Ireland’s dependable ocean winds though floating turbines positioned out in the Celtic Sea, over the horizon, and out-of-sight of Ireland’s shores.

Get on board as we sail around Ireland’s coast and out to sea where Ireland’s energy future lies, in this particularly “green’ episode of Irish Stew.




Simply Blue Group:

Floating wind background:

The Coastal Atlas of Ireland is available from Cork University Press at and many other booksellers including Amazon 

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Val Cumins

Emerald Project Managing Director

Val Cummins has over 25 years of expertise in the marine and energy fields at national and international levels. She brings a considerable track record in team building, leading complex projects with diverse disciplines, and high levels of stakeholder engagement through previous roles (i.e. Director of Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, Director of Irish Maritime & Energy Resource Cluster, Principal Investigator EirWind and Senior Lecturer in University College Cork). Val has a PhD in coastal management, is an Eisenhower Fellow, and has participated in Women in Leadership executive training at Harvard University. She is now Operations & Projects Director for Simply Blue Energy Ireland.