Offshore Energy Transition ProgrammeOur research

Connecting high quality research to outcomes that have real impact, our leading-edge expertise and facilities are delivering real tangible solutions to technical and business problems. We offer a wide range of energy-related courses and for ad-hoc testing, consultancy work or for larger more extended development projects.

We provide the energy sector with leading applied research and development support across our four faculities and innovative research centres and testing facilities.

Our areas of research

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Ocean REFuel

Ocean REFuel is a five-year research programme created to establish a fundamental scientific and engineering understanding for the conversion of Ocean Renewable Energy to liquid and gaseous fuels.

The £10 million research project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Ocean REFuel will build upon the hugely successful offshore wind developments of the past two decades to accelerate the development and unlock the potential of converting ocean energy into new energy vectors directly addressing challenges associated with energy storage, renewable heat and the decarbonisation of transport through the provision of high energy density fuels that can be efficiently stored predominantly utilising existing storage and distribution infrastructure.

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Neptune – Shetland Clean Maritime feasibility study

The Neptune project was a seven-month feasibility project in conjunction with Ricardo, Babcock and Shetland Island Council, funded through the DfT and Innovate Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition to examine the requirements for the many disparate vessels in Shetland’s maritime industry to switch to clean fuels and the viability of a Decision Modelling and Support System (DEMOSS) to assist in that transition process.

In addition to producing a first prototype of the DEMOSS tool, reports on Low carbon fuel options and the production and storage of low-carbon fuel on Shetland were also produced.

Well Intervention Hose

OGIC Project Case Study: Hydrasun with University of Strathclyde

Hydrasun are leading specialists in well intervention flexible hoses. Working in collaboration with OGIC and Hydrasun, Strathclyde were challenged to the development, qualification, and fatigue testing of a complex flexible composite product enabling significant cost savings over conventional systems.

Read the full case study: OGIC Project Case Study: Hydrasun


OGIC Project Case Study: Blueshift International Materials with University of Strathclyde

Blueshift is a US-based corporation that is commercialising polymer aerogels for Oil and Gas pipeline insulation. After engaging with OGIC to support the development of their Polymer Aerogel Blanket, the University of Strathclyde was choosen to focus on blanket design and validation with multi-disciplinary teams. Blueshift is continuing to work with the University of Strathclyde as they take this project onto the next phase of development.

Read the full case study: OGIC Project Case Study: Blueshift International Materials

Nikon XT H 225/320 LC with torsion, fluid flow, heating and cooling.

Funded by the OGIC, Strathclyde works in partnership with the University of Glasgow on key projects using the Nikon XT H 225/320 LC system x-ray microtomography. This unique system allows breath-taking volume imaging of materials, reaching an optimum voxel size of 1.5 microns. The Deben CT 10kN cell allows us to image samples in situ under a range of conditions; to determine how materials alter at the micro-scale under applied stress, extreme temperatures and in a liquid environment if required.

Read the full capabilities: Nikon XT H 225/320 LC with torsion, fluid flow, heating and cooling

Computational Fluid Dynamics/Design Analysis of Mechanical Fluid Meter

OGIC Project Case Study: Cavitas Energy with University of Strathclyde

Cavitas Energy developed a downhole deployable device that produced heated fluid or steam within the wellbore of an injection well to help enhance oil recovery application in primary heavy oil environments.

With extensive experience in experimental and computational fluid mechanics, our Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering supported Cavitas Energy in using computational fluid dynamics to model what was happening to the fluids heated within the rotor, which allowed the design of the rotor to be optimised.

Read the full case study: Cavitas Energy

InterventorTM - From Concept to Commercialisation

OGIC Project Case Study: Hydrasun with the University of Strathclyde

After identifying a opportunity to develop a lighter, self-supporting flexible hose for well intervention; pipeline intervention / commissioning and emergency response, Hydrasun created and developed a number of prototypes of a hose and undertook initial tensile tests. 

Looking to progress further, Hydrasun selected the University of Strathclyde to work collaboratively to refine the programme. Providing academic expertise and facilities, our department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering supported Hydrasun in testing, validation and the eventual commercialisation of a new and valuable product for the Subsea Oil and Gas Industry in a relatively short space of time.

Find out more about OGIC Project Case Study: Hydrasun phase 2

Robotics Inspection

The core access, inspection and automation requirements for robotic inspection systems are common across the Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Aerospace and Power Generation sectors. By working with the Research Centre in Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE), Strathclyde is able to pool R&D across industries reducing the cost to each partner, while benefiting from the transfer of knowledge between partners.

Find out more about our Robotics Inspection Capabilities

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