We’ve been innovating in Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) for more than 20 years, driving marine and offshore wind technology by addressing techno-economic challenges with a focus on efficiency and reliability in wave analysis, marine hydrodynamics, resource modelling and moorings.
Today, our expertise and insight is informing multiple consortia awarded £22 million to maintain the UK’s status as a global leader in offshore renewables. As part of a network of academic, industrial and policy stakeholders, ORE Supergen, Marine-I and the Cornwall Flow Accelerator are bringing together research in wave, tidal and offshore wind to address technical, environmental and interdisciplinary challenges with a coordinated response at national and regional level.
We’re bringing our long-standing excellence and applied ocean technology to the Hub, enabling the national and international collaborative approach that will better spread best practice through the research community, support equality and diversity, and develop early career researchers.
Supported by the Scottish Government and the Carbon Trust’s Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (Floating Wind JIP), one of our engineering research teams is also researching mooring systems to enable floating offshore wind innovation. In an exciting project at the forefront of the industry, we’re partnering with Intelligent Mooring Systems to tailor and test a new pressure-based dampener which sits between the platform and mooring line to reduce the load on floating platforms.
We’re also one of just eight UK green energy innovators working as part of a pivotal new partnership to develop next generation marine renewables. Our Renewable Energy department is leading the way in working with Harbin Engineering University (HEU), in China, and TORC, the joint venture research and incubation centre established in March 2019 by the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and China’s Tus Wind.