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Project Title Principal Supervisorsort descending Project Summary
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

FLOWBEC - FLOW and Benthic Ecology 4D

Dr Angus Creech

The FLOWBEC project aims to improve the understanding of how the physical behaviour of the water such as currents, waves and turbulence at tide and wave energy sites influences the behaviour of marine wildlife, and how tide and wave energy devices might alter the behaviour of such wildlife.

Small Scale Hydrogen Storage for Integrated Energy Systems

Dr Dimtri Mignard

The integration of a greater proportion of renewable energy, compounded by the rise in small scale distributed generation, is making it increasingly difficult to balance demand and supply of electricity without adequate energy storage facilities. However, the effective deployment of these solutions at any particular location will require an understanding of the local energy system at the time. Conversion between energy vectors will also be required not just to meet storage needs, but also to allow major shifts from fossil fuels to low carbon energy in applications like heat and transport. Hydrogen is an energy vector that is particularly versatile from this viewpoint. 

Development and Evaluation of Sustainable Technologies for Flexible Operation of Conventional Power Plants

Dr Hannah Chalmers

The increasing amounts of renewable energy present on the national grid reduce C02 emissions caused by electrical power but they fit into an electrical grid designed for fossil fuels. Fossil fuels can be turned on and off at will and so are very good at matching variations in load. Renewable energy in the form of wind turbines is more variable (although that variability is much more predictable than most people think) and there is a need for existing power plants to operate much more flexibly to accommodate the changing power output from wind, tidal and solar power.

COPTIC: Co-optimisation of CO2 transport, injection and capture

Dr Hannah Chalmers

Statement of the Project Development of a very sound expertise on CO2 transportation infrastructure Identification and understanding of uncertainties during integration of CO2 capture, compression, injection and reservoir units together with CO2 transportation system Provide industry and academia with the required technical knowhow in this context
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.

A numerical investigation on the effect of different paint coatings on ship resistance in real sailing conditions

Dr Ignazio Maria Viola

In recent years, experimental investigations have been performed on the effect on drag foul release coatings at the University of Newcastle in partnership with International Paint Ltd.

Compliant coatings for drag reduction

Dr Ignazio Maria Viola

Compliant coatings can decrease fuel consumption of marine vehicles and enhance energy efficiency of marine energy converters.

Flow control to mitigate fatigue load through the use of flexible tidal turbine blades

Dr Ignazio Maria Viola

The project is a feasibility study on the use of flexible blades to increase the durability and survivability of tidal turbines.

Development of a Computer Program to Support Decision Making of Yacht Races

Dr Ignazio Maria Viola

The aim of this project is to study tactics in sailing competitions under uncertain weather conditions.

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