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EPSRC Reference: EP/S023801/1
Title: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures
Principal Investigator: Leithead, Professor B
Other Investigators:
Byrne, Professor BW Viola, Dr I Martin, Professor CM
Brennan, Professor FP Willden, Professor RHJ Kolios, Professor A
Venugopal, Professor V Carroll, Dr J O'Bradaigh, Professor C
McDonald, Dr A S
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Adwen Technology Atkins Ltd Atlantis Operations (UK) Ltd
Babcock International Group Plc (UK) BVG Associates Ltd DNV GL (UK)
E.ON Climate & Renewables GmbH EDGE Solutions Limited EireComposites Teo
Energy Technology Partnership Fraunhofer Institut (Multiple, Grouped) Fugro (UK)
Insight Analytics Solutions James Fisher Marine Services Lloyd's Register Foundation
Marine Scotland Science Met Office Nordex SE Hamburg
Nova Innovation Ltd Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult Orsted
Ramboll Wind Renewable Energy Systems Ltd RenewableUK
Scottish Power Sennen Siemens AG (International)
SSE Energy Supply Limited UK Subsea UK Tufts University
University of Plymouth University of Western Australia Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd
Vestas Wood Group
Department: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Scheme: Centre for Doctoral Training
Starts: 01 April 2019 Ends: 30 September 2027 Value (£): 6,423,728
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy - Marine & Hydropower Wind Power
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Nov 2018 EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training Interview Panel S – November 2018 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This proposal is for a new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures (CDT-WAMSS) which joins together two successful EPSRC CDTs, their industrial partners and strong track records of training more than 130 researchers to date in offshore renewable energy (ORE). The new CDT will create a comprehensive, world-leading centre covering all aspects of wind and marine renewable energy, both above and below the water. It will produce highly skilled industry-ready engineers with multidisciplinary expertise, deep specialist knowledge and a broad understanding of pertinent whole-energy systems. Our graduates will be future leaders in industry and academia world-wide, driving development of the ORE sector, helping to deliver the Government's carbon reduction targets for 2050 and ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of this vitally important sector.

In order to prepare students for the sector in which they will work, CDT-WAMSS will look to the future and focus on areas that will be relevant from 2023 onwards, which are not necessarily the issues of the past and present. For this reason, the scope of CDT-WAMSS will, in addition to in-stilling a solid understanding of wind and marine energy technologies and engineering, have a particular emphasis on: safety and safe systems, emerging advanced power and control technologies, floating substructures, novel foundation and anchoring systems, materials and structural integrity, remote monitoring and inspection including autonomous intervention, all within a cost competitive and environmentally sensitive context.

The proposed new EPSRC CDT in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures will provide an unrivalled Offshore Renewable Energy training environment supporting 70 students over five cohorts on a four-year doctorate, with a critical mass of over 100 academic supervisors of internationally recognised research excellence in ORE. The distinct and flexible cohort approach to training, with professional engineering peer-to-peer learning both within and across cohorts, will provide students with opportunities to benefit from such support throughout their doctorate, not just in the first year. An exceptionally strong industrial participation through funding a large number of studentships and provision of advice and contributions to the training programme will ensure that the training and research is relevant and will have a direct impact on the delivery of the UK's carbon reduction targets, allowing the country to retain its world-leading position in this enormously exciting and important sector.
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