Dr Maurizio Collu


Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

I am a Reader in Offshore Renewable Energy Systems, 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  (http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/R007497/1). 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” (http://www.thebluegrowthfarm.eu/) (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/216067_en.html), 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 (http://homeoffshore.org/), 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 (http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/P510348/1). I also led the conceptual design of the floating support structure in the £2.8m ETI funded project NOVA (https://www.eti.co.uk/programmes/offshore-wind/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 (http://www.h2ocean-project.eu/).

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).


Motion response and energy conversion performance of a heaving point absorber wave energy converter
Zhou Binzhen, Hu Jianjian, Sun Ke, Liu Yingyi, Collu Maurizio
Frontiers in Energy Research (2020)
Development and validation of a coupled numerical model for offshore floating multi-purpose platforms
Li L, Collu M, Gao Y, Ruzzo C, Arena F, Taruffi F, Muggiasca S, Belloli M
4th International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore (2020)
Optimal design and performance analysis of a hybrid system combing a floating wind platform and wave energy converters
Hu Jianjian, Zhou Binzhen, Vogel Christopher, Liu Pin, Willden Richard, Sun Ke, Zang Jun, Geng Jing, Jin Peng, Cui Lin, Jiang Bo, Collu Maurizio
Applied Energy Vol 269 (2020)
Wind power prediction based on High-frequency SCADA data along with isolation forest and deep learning neural networks
Lin Zi, Liu Xiaolei, Collu Maurizio
International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems Vol 118 (2020)
Integrating wind turbines and fish farms : an evaluation of potential risks to marine and coastal bird species
Benjamins Steven, Masden Elizabeth, Collu Maurizio
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering Vol 8 (2020)
Offshore multi-purpose platforms for a Blue Growth : a technological, environmental and socio-economic review
Abhinav KA, Collu Maurizio, Benjamins Steven, Cai Huiwen, Hughes Adam, Jiang Bo, Jude Simon, Leithead William, Lin Cui, Liu Hongda, Recalde-Camacho Luis, Serpetti Natalia, Sun Ke, Wilson Ben, Yue Hong, Zhou Bin-Zhen
Science of the Total Environment Vol 734 (2020)

more publications


REMS | OJO, Adebayo
Collu, Maurizio (Principal Investigator) Coraddu, Andrea (Co-investigator) OJO, Adebayo (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2023
Final Version : Novel Strategies for Physical Modelling of Wind Loading on Floating Wind Turbines
Day, Sandy (Principal Investigator) Collu, Maurizio (Co-investigator)
20-Jan-2020 - 19-Jan-2021
Supergen flexible fund: Novel Approaches for Physical Model Testing of Floating Wind Turbine Platforms
Day, Sandy (Principal Investigator) Collu, Maurizio (Co-investigator) Dai, David (Research Co-investigator) Ingram, David (Co-investigator) Hann, Martyn (Co-investigator)
20-Jan-2020 - 20-Jan-2021
REMS | Simpson, Cameron
Chen, Zhen (Principal Investigator) Collu, Maurizio (Principal Investigator) Egea Alvarez, Agusti (Co-investigator) Simpson, Cameron (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
REMS | Cevasco, Debora
Collu, Maurizio (Principal Investigator) Kolios, Athanasios (Principal Investigator) Boulougouris, Evangelos (Co-investigator) Cevasco, Debora (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2020
REMS | Shakouri, Arash
Collu, Maurizio (Principal Investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Shakouri, Arash (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2021

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