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Project Title Principal Supervisor Project Summary
On the Leading Edge Vortex in Highly Turbulent Flow Conditions

Dr Ignazio Maria Viola

Bio-inspired foils for low-speed performance of renewable energy converters

Modelling and management of distribution networks using high-resolution synchronised measurements

Dr Sasa Djokic

This project will develop improved methodologies and tools for assessing and providing more detailed information on complex system-user interactions, which will be further implemented in an integrated framework for system state identification, system or plant/component condition assessment and evaluation of the overall system performance (all currently performed in a number of separate studies).

MARINET: Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network for Emerging Energy Technologies

Professor Ian Bryden

MARINET, the Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, is a network of research centres and organisations that are working together to accelerate the development of marine renewable energy technologies - wave, tidal and offshore-wind. It is co-financed by the European Commission specifically to enhance integration and utilisation of European marine renewable energy research infrastructures and expertise. MARINET offers periods of free-of-charge access to world-class R&D facilities & expertise and conducts joint activities in parallel to standardise testing improve testing capabilities and enhance training & networking.

 

Land of the MUSCos

Professor Gareth Harrison

Present infrastructure service delivery, characterized by isolated supply streams for an uncontrolled demand, is uneconomical, inefficient, and ultimately unsustainable. What kinds of alternatives can be identified and implemented? In this project, we research and promote the establishment of Multi-Utility Service Companies, or MUSCos.

LEANWIND: Logistic Efficiencies and Naval Architecture for Wind Installations with Novel Developments

Dr Lucy Cradden

LEANWIND is a 4-year project that started in December 2013. It is led by a 31-partner consortium and has been awarded €10 million by the European Commission, but its total value amounts to €15 million.

The primary LEANWIND objective is to provide cost reductions across the offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain through the application of lean principles and the development of state of the art technologies and tools.

ElmoNet Q Project

Dr Sasa Djokic

Impact of increasing penetration of electrical vehicles and photovoltaic installations on power quality in public low voltage distribution networks

Effective Marine Energy Design Subject to Ecological and Social Constraints

Professor Alistair Borthwick

Practical marine energy resources are subject to social and ecological constraints, such as conflict with other users of the sea and environmental protection. This research aims to contribute to a greater understanding of the practical constraints on marine energy developments, the extent to which they may limit the amount of power available for extraction and, most importantly, how energy production may be optimised within the limits set by these constraints. 

EURECA - Effects of utilisation in real-time on electricity capacity assessments

Dr Hannah Chalmers

EURECA, the Effects of Utilisation in Real-time on Electricity Capacity Assessments, investigates the operating regimes of thermal power plants in future generation portfolios with large amounts of variable renewable energy sources (VRE). The impacts of additional VRE and energy storage capacity on the operating profiles and flexibility of thermal power plans are investigated using a unit commitment and energy storage optimisation model.

ETP Knowledge Exchange in Energy: Marine Energy

Professor Ian Bryden

Funding (ca. £3m) has been secured from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and ETP Member Universities to establish a Knowledge Exchange (KE) Network. This will catalyse and accelerate KE activity between academia and SMEs, thereby increasing innovation, advancing the development of the low carbon economy in Scotland and supporting Scotland, UK and the EU to meet ambitious 2020 low carbon targets.

Direct Drive Generator for a Tidal Turbine

Professor Markus Mueller

Nova Innovation and IES are collaborating to design, build and test a direct drive generator for Nova’s tidal current turbine.

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