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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.

ARIES: Adaptation and Resilience in Energy Systems

Professor Gareth Harrison

The energy supply sector is undergoing massive technological changes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, the climate is progressively changing creating new challenges for energy generation, networks and demand. The Adaptation and Resilience in Energy Systems (ARIES) project aims to understand how climate change will affect the UK gas and electricity systems and in particular its 'resilience'.

An EU - New Zealand Research Collaboration to Develop Synergies and Make Cutting-edge Breakthroughs in Yacht Engineering

Dr Ignazio Maria Viola

The present exchange program aims at strengthening a research partnership through staff exchanges and networking activities between three European research organisations and a research organisation in New Zealand.

CAUSE - Control of wave energy Arrays Using Storage of Energy

Dr Jonathan Shek

There are 3 main objectives in this project:

Answer the research question: Can energy storage radically improve off-grid and on-grid control in wave energy arrays? How can it be done? Develop an electrical array model for wave energy, with energy storage and co-ordinated control Strengthen the partnership between the UK and Chinese Institutions for future research collaboration


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
Clearwater: Demonstration of First Ocean Energy Arrays

Mr Henry Jeffrey

This project will design, build, install and operate an open ocean 4.5MW tidal energy farm in the Inner Sound in the Pentland Firth, off the Northern coast of Scotland. The project ("Clearwater") will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of a multi-turbine tidal energy array, an essential step to catalyse development of commercial projects in the EU ocean energy industry. Project Clearwater provides a credible, robustly implemented transition from high cost single turbine demonstration deployments of marine turbines to economically viable multi-hundred turbine arrays in oceans and managed water assets across Europe and the wider global market.

Compliant coatings for drag reduction

Dr. Ignazio Maria Viola

The hydrodynamic performance of marine devices is crucial from the energy efficiency point of view. A well-designed drag reducing technique for ship hulls would decrease the unsustainable fossil fuel consumption and pollution, which accounts for 3% of the global carbon dioxide emission. The drag experienced by, for instance, a tidal turbine blade, also limits the extractable power from the tidal stream and, therefore, a drag reduction would increase the capacity factor of tidal turbines and decrease the cost of renewable energy. Our research aims to reduce the experienced drag with compliant coatings.

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.

Cost Reduction in the Up-scaling of Tidal Current Turbine Arrays

Dr Ignazio Maria Viola

Marine renewable energy has been receiving increasing attention in both political and industrial circles. There has been limited deployment to date, and the industry is only now entering the development phase of the Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment (RDD&D) process.

DTOcean: Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays

Mr Henry Jeffrey

DTOcean is a European collaborative project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development, more specifically under the call ENERGY 2013-1.


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