Postgraduate research opportunities Hybrid Ocean Renewables in a Changing Climate


Key facts

  • Opens: Tuesday 30 January 2024
  • Deadline: Tuesday 30 April 2024
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: 3.5 years
  • Funding: Home fee, Stipend


The project aims to integrate individual ocean renewable energies into a comprehensive hybrid system under the impact of climate change.
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The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • conduct high-quality research in the area of ocean renewable energy
  • participate in relevant training activities and events
  • disseminate research findings through publications and presentations
  • contribute to the wider research community through engagement and collaboration with other researchers


  • Applicants should hold (or expect to get) a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree or an MSc with distinction in engineering, physical sciences, maths, or a related field
  • Prior knowledge or experience in ocean modelling, ocean renewable energy and climate science would be advantageous but not essential
  • Some programming experience in analytical languages such as MATLAB, Python or R would be beneficial
  • A background in HPC-based computer modelling is desirable but not essential
  • Experience in research, preferably in the form of a research project or dissertation would be beneficial
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
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Project Details

Extensive global coastlines specifically in tropical climates, present a unique opportunity for the development of Ocean Renewable Energy (ORE) systems. The project envisions the integration of these individual energy systems into a comprehensive hybrid ORE system.

This approach is crucial to optimise energy output, reduce intermittency, and create a resilient energy infrastructure. Various countries such as the United States, Australia, Japan, China, Portugal, Spain, and South Korea have considerable potential for offshore wind and wave energy due to their long coastlines and the coastal landscapes exposed to open ocean.

Furthermore, due to their relatively high solar irradiance, they have the potential to develop floating solar projects in their coastal areas. Available offshore wind and wave energies fluctuate intra-annually with the highest availability usually during the winter season due to its harsh weather conditions. Solar energy is, on the other hand, more available in warm seasons and hence can complement the energy mix.

Such a combination of ocean renewables and floating solar energy can contribute significantly to the sustainability of energy production considering their intra-annual (e.g., seasonal) variability. However, as well as inter and intra-annual variability, ocean renewable energy (particularly wind and wave energy) is highly affected by climate change.

Climate change will affect the mean ocean climate, which directly affects the amount of available energy from wind and wave, as change in temperature will change the wind patterns, and consequently, the wave climate. Moreover, climate change will affect extreme events (such as hurricanes, typhoons and storms) and hence the extreme wave characteristics.

This will directly affect the accessibility and availability of ocean resources and how the development of ocean renewables will interact with the change in extreme event patterns. Hence, climate change impact is required to be taken into account when detecting the suitable areas and technologies for harnessing energy from these resources.

Aims & objectives

  1. Integration of Renewable Energy Systems: to efficiently integrate wind, wave, and solar energy systems, optimizing energy capture and storage.
  2. Technical & Environmental Challenges: assess and address the challenges and impacts of deploying hybrid ORE systems, particularly in coastal and deep-sea regions.
  3. Climate Change Impact Analysis: understand how climate change influences energy production, location suitability, and technology choices.

The project includes extensive research activities such as feasibility analysis, suitability assessments for energy production, and stakeholder engagement. The expected outcomes include comprehensive feasibility reports, redefined suitable locations for hybrid energy systems, policy recommendations, and pathways for local community involvement.

Further information

The studentship is due to commence in October 2024.

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Dr Kamranzad

Dr Bahareh Kamranzad

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Dr Suryasentana

Dr Stephen Suryasentana

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Dr Jia

Dr Laibing Jia

Chancellor'S Fellowships
Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

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When submitting your application, please indicate the title of the project "Hybrid Ocean Renewables in a Changing Climate" in the 'Field of Study' section. Please include the required and relevant experiences in your CV. Research proposals are not required.

Number of places: 1

The shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview, which will take place in mid-April.

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Programme: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

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