Project coordination and management
I have participated as a member of the management team in a number of EC project: starting with CLASH, a project on wave overtopping of coastal structures, where I led the numerical modelling work package28; Marina Platform, a project on hybrid marine energy platforms, where I led the resource assessment work package14,22,23,26,72; TROPOS, which considered multi-use marine platforms, where I led the scientific and technical coordination; PolyWEC, which is developing a dielectric elastomer based wave energy converter, where I lead the technology evaluation work.
From 2008 to 2011, I coordinated the EC EquiMar project, which developed protocols for the equitable evaluation of marine energy converters. The protocols were developed by a team of 22 partners from 11 member states, representing leading technology developers, universities, test houses, and certification agen- cies. They cover the environmental, engineering and economic assessment60 and provide a flexible toolset that was utilised in the Marina Platform and TROPOS projects. The EquiMar project coincided with drive by the International Electrotechnical Commission(IEC) to develop standards for Marine Energy. Through EquiMar I served on IEC TC 114 (steering the standards development), on the terminology project team 62600-1, and subsequently on the 62600-1 management team. EquiMar has fed into a number of other 62600 technical specifications and has been used as a basis for classification and certification rules by DNV GL.
Since 2007, been actively involved in the management of the UK Centre for Martine Energy Research (UKCMER). Initially running the doctoral training programme and then, since 2012, as the Research Di- rector. In UKCMER, aside from day-to-day coordination, I have provided evidence to Reviews of RCUK Energy Programme, participated in EPSRC exhibitions, helped lead international R&D scoping workshops, and been involved in bidding for a number of Grand Challenge projects. Currently I lead UKCMERs en- gagement with the tidal energy programme in Japan and am involved in joint projects with India and Chile. I led the numerical modelling activities in the projects to design and build FloWave and am a member of FloWave’s board.
I am Director of the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE), a DTC which brings together the Universities of Edinburgh, Exeter and Strathclyde together with the Scottish Associa- tion for Marine Science and HR-Wallingford. IDCORE delivers a bespoke programme for future leaders in offshore renewable energy leading to a jointly awarded Engineering Doctorate. Students take courses in marine renewables, resource assessment, electrical machines, economics, marine biology, hyrodynamics, laboratory testing and undertake a group design project. Research projects are undertaken based in compa- nies. IDCORE was initially funded to recruit 50 EngD students, but has secured funding for an additional 16. Our graduates are seen as highly employable and have produced a number of significant research papers, including1–3,8,68,9,12,13,15, ten of the best papers have been included in a special edition of Ocean Engineering11 .