Wave Energy Innovation Report

This report is intended to show the potential benefit of Wave Energy as a UK industry and a contributor to sustainable development goals and achieving the UK net zero GHG emissions target for 2050. In this report, we show that with targeted action, Wave Energy can meet these tests and provide a significant source of energy and growth for the UK economy.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering

This report aims to determine the current state of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in engineering, with a focus on the renewable energy industry and academia. From this, it will suggest an action plan, focused on improving EDI in this sector as well as in each stage of education and career development in line with initiatives such as the Offshore Wind Sector Deal.

The report has been funded by the Supergen ORE Hub and led by Aura at University of Hull, with support from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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Reports

  • 2020

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering (summary report)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering (summary…

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering (full report)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering (full…

Wave Energy Road Map - Realising the potential of Wave Energy in the next 10 to 15 years

Wave Energy Road Map - Realising the potential of Wave…

Wave Energy Innovation Position Paper

Wave Energy Innovation Position Paper

Publications

Publications associated with and aligned with the Supergen ORE Hub (currently being updated)

  • 2020
  • 2019

System integration and coupled effects of an OWT/WEC device

System integration and coupled effects of an OWT/WEC device

Chenyu Zhao, Philipp R. Thies, Qi Ye, Johanning Lars (2020)

A framework for processing wave buoy measurements in the presence of current

A framework for processing wave buoy measurements in the…

Ajit C.Pillai, Thomas Davey, Samuel Draycott (2020)

Wave scattering from multiple circular floating porous elastic plates, 35th IWWWFB will be held in…

Wave scattering from multiple circular floating porous…

Zheng, S., Meylan, M.H., Zhua, G., Greaves, D. and Iglesias, G (2020)

Wave power extraction by a submerged piezoelectric plate, Renew Conference, 12-15 October 2020…

Wave power extraction by a submerged piezoelectric plate,…

Zheng, S., Meylan, M.H., Greaves, D. and Iglesias, G (2020)

On the calibration of a WEC-Sim model for heaving point absorbers, 13th European Wave and Tidal…

On the calibration of a WEC-Sim model for heaving point…

Tosdevin, T., Giassi, M., Thomas, S., Engström, J.,Hann, M., Isberg, J., Göteman, M., Ransley, E., Musiedlak, P-H., Simmonds, D. and Greaves, D (2020)

Experimental testing of the performance and interference effects of a cross-stream array of tidal…

Experimental testing of the performance and interference…

McNaughton, J., Cao, B., Ettema, S., Zilic de Arcos, F.,  Vogel, C.R. & Willden, R.H.J. (2020)

Experimental investigations of the performance of a sidewall-constrained tidal turbine fence. RENEW…

Experimental investigations of the performance of a…

Ettema, S.,  McNaughton, J.,  Vogel, C.R. & Willden, R.H.J. (2020)

CFD-FSI analysis on motion control of bio-inspired underwater AUV System utilizing PID control, EEE…

CFD-FSI analysis on motion control of bio-inspired…

Wright M. Luo Y. Xiao Q. Post M. Gorma W. Durrant A. and Yue H. 2020

Multi-actuated AUV Body for Windfarm Inspection: Lessons from the Bio-inspired RoboFish Field…

Multi-actuated AUV Body for Windfarm Inspection: Lessons…

Wright M. Gorma W. Luo Y. Post M. Xiao Q. and Durrant A. (2020)

Effect of wind turbines and atmospheric stability on turbulent boundary layers. 73rd Annual Meeting…

Effect of wind turbines and atmospheric stability on…

Placidi, Hancock, Hayden (2020)

Vibration and power regulation control of a floating wind turbine with hydrostatic transmission,…

Vibration and power regulation control of a floating wind…

Xin Tong and Xiaowei Zhao (2020)

Wave scattering by a floating porous elastic plate of arbitrary shape: A semi-analytical study.…

Wave scattering by a floating porous elastic plate of…

Zheng S, Meylan M, Fan L, Greaves D, Iglesias G, (2020).

Feasibility Studies of a Converter-free Grid-connected Offshore Hydrostatic Wind Turbine. IEEE…

Feasibility Studies of a Converter-free Grid-connected…

Lin S, Zhao X, Tong X, (2020).

A preliminary parametric techno-economic study of offshore wind floater concepts. Ocean Engineering

A preliminary parametric techno-economic study of offshore…

Ioannou A, Liang Y, Jalón M, Brennan F. (2020)

Use of HF radar for replicating wave-current combined wave conditions for testing of wave energy…

Use of HF radar for replicating wave-current combined wave…

Wang D, Conley D, Hann M, Collins KM, Greaves D (2019)

Power extraction in regular and random waves from an OWC in hybrid wind-wave energy systems.

Power extraction in regular and random waves from an OWC in…

Michele S, Renzi E, Perez-Collazo, Greaves, Iglesias. (2019).

A numerical and experimental investigation of the effect of side walls on hydrodynamic model…

A numerical and experimental investigation of the effect of…

Xie N, Hann M, Pemberton R, Iglesias G, Greaves D, (2019).

A preliminary techno-economic comparison between a grid-connected and non-grid connected offshore…

A preliminary techno-economic comparison between a…

Ioannou A, Brennan F, (2019).

A preliminary parametric techno-economic study of offshore wind floater concepts

A preliminary parametric techno-economic study of offshore…

Ioannou A, Liang Y, Jalón M L, and Brennan F, (2019).

ADV Preview Based Nonlinear Predictive Control for Maximizing Power Generation of a Tidal Turbine…

ADV Preview Based Nonlinear Predictive Control for…

X. Yin and X. Zhao, (2019).

Load and fatigue evaluation for 66kV floating offshore wind submarine dynamic power cable

Load and fatigue evaluation for 66kV floating offshore wind…

Philipp R. THIES, Magnus J HARROLD, Lars JOHANNING, Konstantinos GRIVAS, Georgios GEORGALLIS; FULGOR SA, Hellenic Cables (2019)

Work Package Video Updates

Our work is split into 10 areas known as Work Packages. Work packages 1-5 focus on our core research undertaken by the Supergen ORE Hub partner institutions, and Work Packages 6-10 provide the operational, development and funding elements of our work.

  • WP1
  • WP2
  • WP3
  • WP4
  • WP5

Demonstration of Scenarios

Demonstration of Scenarios

Henry Jeffrey - Work Package 1

Work Package 1 will define the characteristics of aspirational ORE deployment scenarios required to meet changing demand for the period from 2025 to 2050, with associated benefits, risks and research priorities.

Sites and Conditions

Sites and Conditions

Prof. David White - Work Package 2

Work Package 2 will establish a set of site and condition characteristics for use, by the Hub and the wider research community, as benchmarks to evaluate options for the array scale deployment of Offshore Renewable Energy technologies.

Integrated Modelling Across Scales

Integrated Modelling Across Scales

Dr Tim Stallard - Work Package 3

Work Package 3 will develop and validate models to support the confident prediction of Offshore Renewable Energy system performance, operation and environmental and societal impact.

Design for Future ORE Solutions

Design for Future ORE Solutions

Prof. Deborah Greaves OBE - Work Package 4

Work Package 4 will develop and validate methods and tools needed for the design and evaluation of future ORE technologies, enabling cost, risk and environmental impact reduction.

Floating ORE Structures

Floating ORE Structures

Prof. Feargal Brennan - Work Package 5

Work Package 5 will assess the potential of very large ORE structures, including floating offshore wind, and will address key technical challenges to the design, deployment and operation of such structures.

Flexible Funding

Our Flexible Funding Awards have been established to allow UK researchers to respond to a number of key offshore renewable energy (ORE) engineering challenges, and to support project areas that complement existing research, fill gaps, or add cross-cutting activities to explore the transfer of research findings between ORE sectors.

  • 2020
  • 2019

Impact of in-service oscillatory movement on insulation reliability of AC and DC cables serving…

Impact of in-service oscillatory movement on insulation…

Lead Institution: University of Manchester

Demonstrating a machine learning system to integrate metocean data, sensor networks, and model…

Demonstrating a machine learning system to integrate…

Lead Institution: University of Exeter

LoadTide

LoadTide

Lead Institution: University of Edinburgh

Investigation into the coupling of a wave energy converter with a reverse osmosis desalination plant

Investigation into the coupling of a wave energy converter…

Lead Institution: Queen’s University Belfast

A hybrid and scalable digital twin for intelligent direct drive powertrain condition monitoring

A hybrid and scalable digital twin for intelligent direct…

Lead Institution: University of Strathclyde

WTIMTS - Wave-Turbulence Interaction and Measurement for Tidal Stream

WTIMTS - Wave-Turbulence Interaction and Measurement for…

Lead Institution: Swansea University

Cable scour from fluid-seabed interactions in regions of mobile sedimentary bedforms

Cable scour from fluid-seabed interactions in regions of…

Lead Institution: Bangor University

V-SCORES (Validating Surface Currents at Offshore Renewable Energy Sites)

V-SCORES (Validating Surface Currents at Offshore Renewable…

Lead Institution: University of the Highlands and Islands

Advanced, Modular Power Take-Off Design for Marine Energy Converters

Advanced, Modular Power Take-Off Design for Marine Energy…

Lead Institution: University of Edinburgh

COrrosion And fatigue protection of offshore wind Turbine structures using additive manufacturing…

COrrosion And fatigue protection of offshore wind Turbine…

Lead Institution: Cranfield University

Smart piezoelectric metamaterials for partial discharge monitoring

Smart piezoelectric metamaterials for partial discharge…

Lead Institution: University of Strathclyde

Improved Models for Multivariate Metocean Extremes (IMEX)

Improved Models for Multivariate Metocean Extremes (IMEX)

Lead Institution: University of Exeter

Recycling Composite Wind Turbine Blade for High-Performance Composite Manufacturing

Recycling Composite Wind Turbine Blade for High-Performance…

Lead Institution: University of Strathclyde

Satellite Climate Observation for Offshore Renewable Energy Cost Reduction (SCORE)

Satellite Climate Observation for Offshore Renewable Energy…

Lead Institution: University of Edinburgh

Veers’ Extension to Non-neutral Incoming Winds (VENTI)

Veers’ Extension to Non-neutral Incoming Winds (VENTI)

Lead Institution: University of Surrey

Enhancing Control Capability of ORE Systems for Stress Management and Grid Support

Enhancing Control Capability of ORE Systems for Stress…

Lead Institution: University of Warwick

Novel Approaches for Physical Model Testing of Floating Wind Turbine Platforms

Novel Approaches for Physical Model Testing of Floating…

Lead Institution: University of Strathclyde

Accounting for Current in Wave Buoy Measurements

Accounting for Current in Wave Buoy Measurements

Lead Institution: University of Manchester

Flow measurement for accurate tidal turbine design

Flow measurement for accurate tidal turbine design

Lead Institution: University of Bath

Passive Control of Wave Induced Platform Motions for Semi-submersible FOWTs

Passive Control of Wave Induced Platform Motions for…

Lead Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University

Autonomous Biomimetic Robot-fish for Offshore Wind Farm Inspection

Autonomous Biomimetic Robot-fish for Offshore Wind Farm…

Lead Institution: University of York

ALPHA: Numerical Analysis of Laterally Loaded Piles Divided in Chalk

ALPHA: Numerical Analysis of Laterally Loaded Piles Divided…

Lead Institution: Imperial College London

ECR Research Fund

The Early Career Researchers (ECR) Research Fund is designed to be a flexible research fund for ECRs to support small activities that either supports and develops existing research activities, or develops ECR skills further. Research activities should be aligned with the objectives of the Supergen ORE Hub and funded research is directed at offshore wind, wave or tidal energy research.

  • 2020
  • 2019

Directionally Spread Surface Wavepackets subject to an Abrupt Depth Transition (ADT)

Directionally Spread Surface Wavepackets subject to an…

Dr Samuel Draycott, University of Manchester

Multi-use platforms at sea (MUPS): an innovative way to manage offshore space and reduce coastal…

Multi-use platforms at sea (MUPS): an innovative way to…

Dr Jonathan Demmer, Bangor University

A Novel, Robust, Near-shore, Wave Energy Converter for Remote Communities

A Novel, Robust, Near-shore, Wave Energy Converter for…

Dr Rachel Nicholls-Lee, University of Exeter

Parametric study for flapping foil system for harnessing wave energy

Parametric study for flapping foil system for harnessing…

Dr Liang Yang, Cranfield University

Innovative and cross-disciplinary wave energy research, aiming to develop a revolutionary Smart…

Innovative and cross-disciplinary wave energy research,…

Dr. Saishuai Dai and Dr. Liang Li, University of Strathclyde

Hydrodynamic Performance and Survivability of an Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter…

Hydrodynamic Performance and Survivability of an…

Dr John Samuel, University of Plymouth

Hygro-thermal effects on the translaminar fracture toughness of composite laminates

Hygro-thermal effects on the translaminar fracture…

Dr Ganapathi Ammasai Sengodan, University of Bristol

Development of an integrated anchor model via industry engagement

Development of an integrated anchor model via industry…

Dr Katherine Kwa, University of Southampton

Research stay at Johns Hopkins University (USA) to develop international collaborations

Research stay at Johns Hopkins University (USA) to develop…

Dr Pablo Ouro - Cardiff University

Structural health monitoring for wind turbine blades via graphene self-sensing adhesive layer…

Structural health monitoring for wind turbine blades via…

Marzena Pawlik - University of Derby and Dr Maozhou Meng - University of Plymouth

Offshore floating foundations using self-sensing carbon fibre textile-reinforced concretes

Offshore floating foundations using self-sensing carbon…

Dr Shanshan Cheng - University of Plymouth

Going where modern technology cannot: novel adaptions of conventional approaches to record seabird…

Going where modern technology cannot: novel adaptions of…

Dr James Waggitt - Bangor University and Dr Shaun Fraser - University of the Highlands and Islands

Aeroelastic Modelling and Predictive Control of a 20-MW Offshore Wind Turbine

Aeroelastic Modelling and Predictive Control of a 20-MW…

Dr Yinan Wang - University of Warwick

Let’s be blunt and drop the mic! An experimental study of very thick flatback airfoils

Let’s be blunt and drop the mic! An experimental study of…

Dr Marinos Manolesos - Swansea University

Wide-Bandgap-Enabled Dynamic Braking System for Grid Integration of Offshore Wind Farms

Wide-Bandgap-Enabled Dynamic Braking System for Grid…

Dr Saeed Jahdi - University of Bristol

Industrial secondment to INEA, the leading Slovenian company in the field of manufacturing…

Industrial secondment to INEA, the leading Slovenian…

Giovanni Rinaldi - Research Fellow at the University of Exeter

Events and Outreach

The Supergen ORE Hub engages with various stakeholders through the use of varied and high-impact engagement and outreach activities. These activities have raised the profile of the Hub and have helped to communicate and disseminate ORE research.

  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018

De risking consenting of tidal arrays – are we nearly there yet?

De risking consenting of tidal arrays – are we nearly there…

Online, Marine Energy Wales Conference - 29 January 2021

Decarbonising Maritime Workshop

Decarbonising Maritime Workshop

Online - 25 January 2021

Third Supergen ORE Hub Early Career Researcher Forum

Third Supergen ORE Hub Early Career Researcher Forum

Online - 19 January 2021 to 21 January 2021

Supergen ORE Hub Third Annual Assembly

Supergen ORE Hub Third Annual Assembly

Online - 18 January 2021 to 22 January 2021

Global Science Show & FUTURES2020

Global Science Show & FUTURES2020

Online - 28 November 2020

Global Offshore Wind 2020 - route to net zero

Global Offshore Wind 2020 - route to net zero

Online - 28 October 2020 to 29 October 2020

Supergen Cross-Hub Workshops

Supergen Cross-Hub Workshops

Virtual - 27 October 2020 (all day)

Well-being and working from home (Supergen cross-hub ECR webinar)

Well-being and working from home (Supergen cross-hub ECR…

Online - 2 July 2020

Supergen cross-hub ECR webinar

Supergen cross-hub ECR webinar

Online - 23 June 2020

Wave Energy Roadmapping Workshop

Wave Energy Roadmapping Workshop

Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth, Devon, UK - 28 January 2020

University of Plymouth Science and Technology Showcase

University of Plymouth Science and Technology Showcase

University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK - 22 January 2020 (all day)

Supergen ORE Hub Second Annual Assembly

Supergen ORE Hub Second Annual Assembly

University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre - 6 November 2019 (all day)

UK-US Wind Aspirations Workshop

UK-US Wind Aspirations Workshop

Boston, USA - 3 October 2019 (all day)

European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2019

European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2019

Napoli, Italy - 1 September 2019 (all day)

Einstein’s Garden – Green Man Festival 2019

Einstein’s Garden – Green Man Festival 2019

Green Man Festival, Wales, UK - 15 August 2019 (all day)

Hydrogen and the offshore energy system (Global Offshore Wind 2019)

Hydrogen and the offshore energy system (Global Offshore…

ExCeL London, UK - 26 June 2019 (all day)

Houses of Parliament Joint Supergen Launch Event

Houses of Parliament Joint Supergen Launch Event

Houses of Parliament, London, UK - 17 June 2019

OMAE

OMAE

Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, Scotland, UK - 9 June 2019 (all day)

All Energy 2019

All Energy 2019

SEC, Glasgow, UK - 14 May 2019 to 16 May 2019

Supergen ORE Hub First Annual Assembly

Supergen ORE Hub First Annual Assembly

University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK - 22 January 2019 (all day)

First Supergen ORE Hub ECR Network Forum

First Supergen ORE Hub ECR Network Forum

University of Plymouth, Plymouth ,UK - 21 January 2019 (all day)

Joint Workshop with Offshore Wind Innovation Hub (OWIH)

Joint Workshop with Offshore Wind Innovation Hub (OWIH)

London, UK - 5 July 2018 (all day)

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