His research interests include manufacturing, testing, modelling and sustainability of composite materials for renewable energy (wind and ocean), aerospace and automotive applications. He is Principal Investigator for the University’s FastBlade tidal turbine blade fatigue testing facility in Rosyth, Fife, as part of the Arrol-Gibb Innovation Campus.
Conchúr was previously Professor of Energy Engineering at University College Cork, Ireland, where he was also Director of the Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Research Centre from 2014 to 2015. He lectured at the University of Galway from 1990 to 2014, during which time he was also a Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director of two Irish composite materials design, testing and manufacturing companies.
Conchúr received a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in 1985 from the University of Galway, followed by a Masters Degree in 1987. This was followed by a PhD in composite materials from the University of Delaware, USA in 1991.