A panel of international experts will share their perspectives on Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) at the Supergen ORE Hub’s first annual assembly on January 22nd.

Aimed at identifying academic synergies across wave, wind and tidal renewables, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss how research outputs can be shared more effectively for collective benefit. Being held at the University of Plymouth, the event launches the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) four-year funded Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub.

The event is free to attend and is for industry, public sector and academic professionals working in wind, wave and tidal offshore renewables.

Speakers include:

  • Úna Brosnan, Business & Strategy Development Manager at Atkins, brings her expertise in engineering infrastructure and the commercial outlook for developing floating offshore wind.
  • Marie Berthelot – Head of Renewables, EDF Energy, brings the essential perspective of one of the major energy suppliers.
  • Hongda Shi – Professor of Ocean Engineering and Dean of College of Engineering, Ocean University of China represents the academic sector as a senior research specialist in Marine Renewables, Coastal Hydrodynamics, Harbour, Channel and Coastal Engineering.
  • Will Apps – Head of Energy Development at The Crown Estate, offers a unique viewpoint from the organisation that manages seabed and the rights to develop renewable energy in the waters off England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Jeremy Thake – Head of Engineering at SIMEC Atlantis Energy will present an update on the MeyGen flagship tidal-stream project, and on future moves to large-scale tidal development.

A panel discussion, Chaired by Si Dilks, Head of Nuclear & Renewable Innovation, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy will follow, giving delegates the opportunity to expand and explore ideas for how research could be of wider benefit.

“We’re thrilled to have such an impressive line-up of guest speakers for our first event. We’re looking forward to developing an approach from the academic sector that harnesses ground breaking and cross-cutting research across ORE disciplines and shares them more effectively with colleagues across all ORE Sectors.”

Professor Deborah Greaves OBE, Director of the Supergen ORE Hub and Head of the University of Plymouth’s School of Engineering

Delegates can discover more and register to attend through Eventbrite – search for Supergen, Plymouth or visit the Eventbrite page.

The event is part of the University of Plymouth’s Research Festival and more information is available at https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/research-festival-supergen-ore-hub

Notes to editors

Supergen ORE Hub

The Supergen ORE Hub is a £5 Million Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project. Led by Prof. Deborah Greaves OBE, Head of School of Engineering at the University of Plymouth, the Hub is a consortium of Universities researching Offshore Renewable Energy which also includes University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Hull, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of Southampton, University of Strathclyde and University of Warwick.

The Supergen ORE Hub is one of several Hubs created by EPSRC to deliver sustained and coordinated research on Sustainable PowER GENeration and supply.

The Supergen ORE Hub brings together and builds on the work of the former Wind and Marine Supergen Hubs following consultation with the research community. The new hub looks for synergies between wind, wave and tidal technologies as well as building on current research in each area.


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. For more information visit https://epsrc.ukri.org.

EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. By investing in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation.

Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a healthy, connected, resilient, productive nation.

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