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

Dr Lucy Cradden

Energy Systems

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

Energy Systems

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

Energy Systems

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

Energy Systems

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

Energy Systems

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

Energy Systems

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

DTOcean: Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays

Mr Henry Jeffrey

Energy Systems

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.

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

Dr Ignazio Maria Viola

Energy Systems

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.

Clearwater: Demonstration of First Ocean Energy Arrays

Mr Henry Jeffrey

Energy Systems

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.

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

Dr Hannah Chalmers

Energy Systems 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

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