Waves in the ocean

Naval architecture, ocean & marine engineeringMarine renewables

Our research is focused on supporting the development of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current energy to assist in the provision of diverse energy sources, driving economic growth in the renewable energy sector, and keeping us on track in meeting carbon reduction objectives for the coming decades.

Research areas

Our research areas include: 

  • Analysis & design of marine renewable devices
  • Testing & performance assessment
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Computational structure dynamics
  • Operations & maintenance modelling
  • Logistics & management
  • Safety & reliability 

Research partnerships

Our research is conducted in partnership with industry, meaning that the outputs generated are applicable and relevant.

Some research partners to date include: 

  • Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator
  • Divex
  • EDF Energy
  • E.On
  • Iberdrola Engineering and Construction
  • Lloyds Register
  • Scottish Power Renewables
  • Scottish and Southern Energy
  • Technip Offshore Wind 

Through utilising our well-funded facilities our researchers are committed to developing state-of-the-art techniques, tools and innovations to assist in increasing efficiencies, profitability and safety of all marine renewables.


Based within the leading UK offshore energy research Universities and Institutes, the IDCORE programme will train world-class industrially focussed research engineers who will, with the help of sponsoring companies, accelerate the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current technologies in order to meet the UK's ambitious offshore renewable energy targets.

Find out more about IDCORE

Our facilities

In recent years, the Kelvin Hydrodynamics Laboratory (KHL) has been the leading UK testing institution for marine renewables. From model tests of crew transfer vessels to the testing of more than twenty wave energy converters, KHL has the facilities and expertise to meet and exceed the demands of industry.

Find out more about the Kelvin Hydrodynamics Laboratory capabilities. 

Our researchers

We have a thriving research community of world leading experts and developing research students whose capabilities span our four research themes.

Example research projects: 
  • Professor Sandy Day is looking into how to drive down the cost of offshore wind in the UK
  • Dr Narakon Sirnil is conducting analysis on the subsea cables for marine renewables
  • Dr Qing Xiao is investigating bio-inspired concepts can enhance renewable energy devices
  • Dr Iraklis Lazakis performs risk, reliability and operations & maintenance modelling of renewable energy systems

Contact us

Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering

Henry Dyer Building
100 Montrose Street
G4 0LZ

+44 (0) 141 548 4094