Professor Maurizio Collu

Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

I am a Professor in Offshore Renewable Energy Engineering, and I joined the NAOME Department of the University of Strathclyde in August 2018. My area of expertise is applied mechanics, focusing in particular on multidisciplinary, coupled model of dynamics for offshore renewable energy systems. I apply this expertise to develop conceptual and preliminary design methodologies for offshore renewable energy systems.

I am currently the Principal Investigator of one of the five EPSRC Joint UK-China Offshore Renewable Energy flagship projects, the 3 years, £ 0.8m project INNO-MPP  ( With my research group, we are focusing on the development of multi-purpose offshore platforms for the sustainable development of small/isolated communities, exploiting the synergies among offshore renewable energy and aquaculture industries.

I am also Work Package leader in the 3.5 years, € 10m EU H2020 project “The Blue Growth Farm” ( (, focusing on the development and demonstration of an automated, modular and environmentally friendly multi-functional platform for open sea farm installations of the Blue Growth Industry. In this project, I am in charge of the development of a multidisciplinary, coupled model of dynamics of this multi-purpose platform.

Furthermore, I am a Co-Investigator and Work Package leader in a prestigious 3 years, 3 m£ EPSRC project  HOME-Offshore (, which focuses on merging Artificial Intelligence, Robotic inspection and Advanced Physics Modelling to lower the cost of offshore wind farm maintenance.

I sit on several international committees, including the ITTC Specialist Committee on Hydrodynamic Modelling of Marine Renewable Energy Devices and the OMAE Ocean Renewable Energy technical committee.

In the past, I had been the Principal Investigator on an Innovate UK project, focusing on the conceptual and preliminary design of a novel floating support structure for tidal turbines ( I also led the conceptual design of the floating support structure in the £2.8m ETI funded project NOVA (, and as work package leader I led the development of a coupled model of dynamics for a hybrid wind-wave offshore floating system in the EU FP7 project H2Ocean (

I am also leading the conceptual and preliminary design of aerodynamically alleviated marine vehicles (AAMV), an area of research initiated with my PhD, and for which I have been awarded the prestigious RINA “Calder Prize”. The work has been published in the Royal Society Proc A journal (doi:10.1098/rspa.2009.0459), and it also led to a patented novel trim control mechanism for high speed marine vehicles (Patent GB2472266).


Experimental and numerical analysis of a hybrid WEC-breakwater system combining an oscillating water column and an oscillating buoy
Cheng Yong, Fu Lei, Dai Saishuai, Collu Maurizio, Cui Lin, Yuan Zhiming, Incecik Atilla
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Vol 169 (2022)
Experimental and numerical investigation of WEC-type floating breakwaters : a single-pontoon oscillating buoy and a dual-pontoon oscillating water column
Cheng Yong, Fu Lei, Dai Saishuai, Collu Maurizio, Ji Chunyan, Yuan Zhiming, Incecik Atilla
Coastal Engineering Vol 177 (2022)
Operation and maintenance for floating wind turbines : a review
McMorland J, Collu M, McMillan D, Carroll J
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Vol 163 (2022)
Hydrodynamic characteristics of a hybrid oscillating water column-oscillating buoy wave energy converter integrated into a π-type floating breakwater
Cheng Yong, Du Weiming, Dai Saishuai, Ji Chunyan, Collu Maurizio, Cocard Margot, Cui Lin, Yuan Zhiming, Incecik Atilla
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Vol 161 (2022)
A flexible, multi-fidelity levelised cost of energy model for floating offshore wind turbines multidisciplinary design, analysis and optimisation approaches
Sykes V, Collu M, Coraddu A
Journal of Physics: Conference Series Vol 2265 (2022)
Parametrisation scheme for multidisciplinary design analysis and optimisation of a floating offshore wind turbine substructure – OC3 5MW case study
Ojo Adebayo, Collu Maurizio, Coraddu Andrea
The Science of Making Torque from Wind (2022)

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Professional activities

SINTEF Ocean (External organisation)
9th International Conference on Computational Methods in Marine Engineering
Final UK China Joint Offshore Renewable Energy Conference

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Ocean Renewable Energy Fuel (OCEAN-REFuel)
Brennan, Feargal (Principal Investigator) Collu, Maurizio (Co-investigator) Turner, Karen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2026
Stinger Keel Floating Wind Foundation UK Concept Development
Collu, Maurizio (Principal Investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
Blue cradle: an integrated reef and breakwater system that protects the coastline and restore the marine ecology (International Exchanges 2020 Cost Share NSFC)
Collu, Maurizio (Principal Investigator) Dai, David (Co-investigator) Jia, Laibing (Co-investigator) Li, Liang (Co-investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator)
30-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2023
Coupled aero-hydro-elastic analysis of next-generation very large multi-purpose offshore floating platforms for blue economy
Li, Liang (Principal Investigator) Collu, Maurizio (Co-investigator) Dai, David (Co-investigator)
30-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2023
Offshore Energy: from Oil & Gas to Renewable
Collu, Maurizio (Principal Investigator) Samson, Lynne (Administrator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Coraddu, Andrea (Co-investigator)
Short-Course open for participants (via onine shop) delivered in collaboration
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Industrial Case Account - University of Strathclyde 2020 | Saeed, Kaiser
McMillan, David (Principal Investigator) Collu, Maurizio (Co-investigator) Saeed, Kaiser (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024

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