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Reference Number EP/L016680/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 50%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 50%;
Research Types Training 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 5%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 5%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 30%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor WE Leithead
No email address given
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University of Strathclyde
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2014
End Date 31 December 2022
Duration 105 months
Total Grant Value £3,938,392
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor WE Leithead , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Professor D G Infield , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr M Mueller , Sch of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , EDF Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , SgurrEnergy Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Atkins (0.000%)
Project Contact , New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Renewable Energy Systems (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Lloyd's Register (0.000%)
Project Contact , Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Romax Technology (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Power Renewables Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Garrad Hassan and Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Subsea 7 Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Siemens plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (0.000%)
Project Contact , Energy Technology Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , Energy Technology Partnership (0.000%)
Project Contact , FloWave TT Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Gamesa (0.000%)
Project Contact , TUV NEL Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Technip Offshore Wind Ltd UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Technology Innovation Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Industrial Advisory Board, SSE Airtricity, Ireland (0.000%)
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Abstract This proposal is to establish a DTC in Wind and Marine Energy Systems. It brings together the UK's leading institutions in Wind Energy, the University of Strathclyde, and Marine Energy, the University of Edinburgh. The wider aim, drawing on existing links to the European Research Community, is to maintain a growing research capability, with the DTC at is core, that is internationally leading in wind and marine energy and on a par with the leading centres in Denmark, the USA, Germany and the Netherlands. To meet the interdisciplinary research demands of this sector requires a critical mass of staff and early stage researchers, of the sort that this proposal would deliver, to be brought together with all the relevant skills.Between the two institutions, academic staff have in-depth expertise covering the wind and wave resource, aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, design of wind turbines and marine energy devices, wind farms, fixed and floating structures, wind turbine, wind farm and marine energy devices control, power conversion, condition monitoring, asset management, grid-integration issues and economics of renewable energy. A centre of learning and research with strong links to the Wind and Marine Energy industry will be created that will provide a stimulating environment for the PhD students. In the first year of a four year programme, a broad intensive training will be provided to the students in all aspects of Wind and Marine Energy together with professional engineer training in research, communication, business and entrepreneurial skills. The latter will extend throughout the four years of the programme. Research will be undertaken in all aspects of Wind and Marine Energy.A DTC in Wind and Marine Energy Systems is vital to the UK energy sector for a number of reasons. The UK electricity supply industry is currently undergoing a challenging transition driven by the need to meet the Government's binding European targets to provide 15% of the UK's total primary energy consumption from renewable energy sources by 2020. Given that a limited proportion of transport and heating energy will come from such sources, it is expected that electricity supply will make the major contribution to this target. As a consequence, 40% or more of electricity will have to be generated from non-thermal sources. It is predicted that the UK market for both onshore and offshore wind energy is set to grow to 20 billion by 2015.There is a widely recognised skills gap in renewable energy that could limit this projected growth in the UK and elsewhere unless the universities dramatically increase the scale of their activities in this area.At the University of Strathclyde, the students will initially be housed in the bespoke accommodation in the Royal College Building allocated and refurbished for the existing DTC in Wind and Marine Energy Systems then subsequently in the Technology and Innovation Centre Building when it is completed. At the University of Edinburgh, the students will be housed in the bespoke accommodation in the Kings Buildings allocated and refurbished for the existing IDC in Offshore Renewable Energy. The students will have access to the most advanced design, analysis and simulation software tools available, including the industry standard wind turbine and wind farm design tools and a wide range of power system and computation modelling packages.Existing very strong links to industry of the academic team will be utilised to provide strategic guidance to the proposed DTC in Wind and Marine Energy through company membership of its Industrial Advisory Board and participation in 8 week 7 projects as part of the training year and in 3 year PhD projects. In addition, to providing suggestions for projects and engaging in the selection process, the Industry Partners provide support in the form of data, specialist software, access to test-rigs and advice and guidance to the students.

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