Tackling the research challenges sessions: Themes A-G

In these sessions, delegates will hear summaries of the latest research from the Supergen ORE Hub Flexible Funded projects a corresponding theme from our Supergen ORE Hub Research Landscape, in addition to presentations from the Hub Co-Directors on the latest developments in the Hub’s core research in this area.

In order to generate wider discussion during the session, delegates are encouraged to watch on-demand videos in advance of the session by following the links against each of the project titles provided below (this will link to a project page where further resources will also be available). The on-demand presentations will provide in-depth information about the project prior to the summary and discussion session, and will be made available a week before the Annual Assembly.

Following the summary presentations at the Assembly, a Q&A session will give delegates the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers regarding their research, but also look to discuss the current gaps in research within this theme and where future research should be directed. Delegates joining in person will be able to verbally ask questions, and those joining virtually will be able to type questions via the online platform. Delegates (both in person and online) will also be able to post their thoughts on these gaps in research and future direction at any point through the Annual Assembly through a dedicated chat board, which will be made available through the conference software ‘SpotMe’. Details of how to access ‘SpotMe’ will be provided in the Annual Assembly joining instructions.

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Tuesday 18 January 2022

15:00 – 17:00 Welcome, opening address and guest speakers – The potential of offshore renewable energy and perspectives on the next decade post COP26

Chair: Professor Deborah Greaves OBE – Director of the Supergen ORE Hub (University of Plymouth)

Speakers:

  • Professor Deborah Greaves OBE – Director of the Supergen ORE Hub (University of Plymouth)
  • Professor Dame Julia King - (Baroness Brown of Cambridge) DBE, FRS, FREng
  • Sue Barr – Chair, Marine Energy Council
  • Barnaby Wharton - Director, Future Electricity Systems, Renewable UK

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Please note: This programme is draft and is subject to change

Wednesday 19 January 2022

09:30 – 10:45 Policy session – Making it happen: Contribution of offshore renewable energy policy to net zero GHG 2050 and perspectives on COP26

Chair: Henry Jeffrey - Supergen ORE Hub Co-Director (University of Edinburgh)

Speakers:

  • Simon Richards - Development Manager (Marine), The Crown Estate
  • Yannis (Ioannis) Dragotis - Head of Nuclear & Renewable Energy Innovation Delivery, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Tomasz Ligas - Head of Renewable Energy Innovation Delivery, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Dr Jim Fleming - Head of Energy, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Henry Jeffrey - Supergen ORE Hub Co-Director (University of Edinburgh)
  • Sue Barr – Chair, Marine Energy Council (panel member)

10:45 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:45 Industry Session – Research and innovation priorities, and opportunities for collaboration between industry and academia

Chair: Ross Wigg - CEO and Founder of Rayner Low Carbon Technologies Ltd and Lead Industrial Partner for the Supergen ORE Hub

Speakers:

  • Paul McKeever – Head of Electrical Research, ORE Catapult
  • Rob Flynn - Commercial Manager, European Marine Energy Centre
  • Kerry Hayes - Floating Offshore Wind Project Development Manager, Simply Blue Group
  • Kate Rudman - Product Owner - Renewables - Offshore Wind, BP
  • Marie Berthelot - Head of Renewables, EDF Energy
  • Simon Cheeseman - Sector Lead (Wave and Tidal Energy) ORE Catapult (panel member)

13:00 – 14:00 Break

14:00 – 15:15 Parallel sessions: Theme B and Theme C

Tackling the research challenges session – Theme B: Fluid structure seabed interaction

Chairs: Professor Tim Stallard (University of Manchester) and Professor Richard Willden (University of Oxford), Supergen ORE Hub Co-Directors

Speakers:


Tackling the research challenges session - Theme C: Materials and manufacturing

Chair: Professor Feargal Brennan (University of Strathclyde), Supergen ORE Hub Co-Director

Speakers:

15:15 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 17:00 Parallel sessions: Theme D and Themes A & G

Tackling the research challenges - Theme D: Sensing, control and electro-mechanics

Chairs: Professor Xiaowei Zhao (University of Warwick) and Professor Jim Gilbert (University of Hull), Supergen ORE Hub Co-Directors

Speakers:


Tackling the research challenges - Themes A & G: Resource and environment characterisation, Environmental and Ecosystem

Chairs: Professor Beth Scott (University of Aberdeen) and Professor David White (University of Southampton), Supergen ORE Hub Co-Directors

Speakers:

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Please note: This programme is draft and is subject to change

Thursday 20 January 2022

09:00 – 10:15 EDI session - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in offshore renewable energy academia and industry - what has been effective so far?

Chair: Professor Jim Gilbert - Co-Director and EDI lead of Supergen ORE Hub (University of Hull)

Speakers:

  • Dr Pooja Goddard – Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, Loughborough University and Royal Society Fellow
  • Mara-Tafadzwa Makoni - Corporate Partnerships Lead, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers
  • Professor Jim Gilbert - University of Hull and EDI lead and Co-Director of Supergen ORE Hub
  • Ross Wigg - CEO and Founder of Rayner Low Carbon Technologies Ltd and Lead Industrial Partner for the Supergen ORE Hub
  • Emma Toulson - Lead Stakeholder Advisor UK, Ørsted

10:15 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 12:00 Update on EPSRC Marine Wave Energy Programme

Chair: Professor Deborah Greaves OBE, Professor of Ocean Engineering and Director of the Supergen ORE Hub (University of Plymouth)

12:00 – 12:45 Break

12:45 – 14:00 Parallel sessions: Theme E and Theme F

Tackling the research challenges session - Theme E: Survivability, reliability and design

Chairs: Professor Deborah Greaves OBE, Director of the Supergen ORE Hub (University of Plymouth) and Professor Byron Byrne, Co-Director of the Supergen ORE Hub (University of Oxford)

Speakers:


Tackling the research challenges session - Theme F: Operations, Management, Maintenance and Safety

Chair: Professor Philipp Thies, Co-Director of the Supergen ORE Hub (University of Exeter)

Speakers:

14:00 - 14:30 Break

14:30 - 15:45 International Session – Latest developments in international offshore renewable energy research

Chair: Henry Jeffrey - Supergen ORE Hub Co-Director (University of Edinburgh)

Speakers:

  • Dr Habib Dagher - Executive Director of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center, University of Maine
  • Wiebke Ebeling – Manager, Marine Energy Research Australia
  • Samantha Quinn - Program Specialist at Pacific Ocean Energy Trust
  • Edgar Gerardo Mendoza Baldwin - National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
  • Dr Guangquan Xu - Offshore Wind Underwriter at Scor
  • Jose Luis Villate - Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Circularity Director - Technalia

15:45 – 16:00 Closing address

  • Professor Deborah Greaves OBE – Director of the Supergen ORE Hub (University of Plymouth)

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