A panel of international experts will share their views at a new hub for those working in wind, wave and tidal offshore renewables.
The University of Strathclyde is a core member of the new Supergen ORE Hub and brings vast expertise in Offshore Engineering, Wind Power and Marine Renewable Energy.
The hub, which was created by the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), stages its first annual assembly this month.
The £5 million, four-year funded project has a national consortium to bring together a network from academia, industry and policy to develop the UK’s expertise in ORE.
The launch event on 22 January at the University of Plymouth, which leads the consortium, will see delegates discuss how research outputs can be shared more effectively between the sectors.
The speakers include Elva Bannon, senior Research Engineer at Wave Energy Scotland and Marie Berthelot, the Head of Renewables at EDF Energy.
Will Apps, the Head of Energy Development at The Crown Estate, will also offer a unique viewpoint from the business that manages seabed and the rights to develop renewable energy in the waters off England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Robert Bray, the Blade Development Manager at SIMEC Atlantis Energy will also present, while Thomas Choisnet, Chief Technology Officer at Ideol, brings his expertise as a developer of floating offshore wind.
A chaired panel discussion will follow, giving delegates the opportunity to expand and explore ideas for how research could be of wider benefit.
Professor Feargal Brennan, Head of the new Offshore Engineering Institute at the University of Strathclyde and the Supergen ORE Offshore Wind ‘Champion’ added: “Offshore Renewable Energy is one of the fastest growing and most exciting sectors where the UK is truly world-leading.
“The new hub has been given the responsibility to coordinate UK university activity to ensure we continue to lead this development far into the future and it is a privilege to be a major part of it.”
Professor Deborah Greaves OBE, Head of School of Engineering at the University of Plymouth, said: “We’re thrilled to have such an impressive line-up of guest speakers for our first event.
“We’re looking forward to developing an approach from the academic sector that harnesses ground breaking and cross-cutting research across ORE disciplines, and shares them more effectively with colleagues across all ORE Sectors.”
The hub brings together and builds on the work of former Wind and Marine Supergen Hubs following consultation with the research community. It will look for synergies between wind, wave and tidal technologies, as well as building on current research in each area.
More information is available here and delegates can discover more and register to attend through Eventbrite – search for Supergen, Plymouth.