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Reference Number EP/E040136/1
Title Supergen Marine - Core
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Ocean Energy) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 15%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 15%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 90%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 5%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 5%;
Principal Investigator Professor R (Robin ) Wallace
No email address given
Energy Systems
University of Edinburgh
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2007
End Date 31 March 2012
Duration 54 months
Total Grant Value £5,453,302
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Energy Multidisciplinary Applications, Energy Research Capacity
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor R (Robin ) Wallace , Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh (99.991%)
  Other Investigator Dr GA (George ) Aggidis , Engineering, Lancaster University (0.001%)
Professor P McGregor , Economics, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor I Bryden , Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Prof DM Ingram , Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Dr M Mueller , Sch of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Professor J Side , Institute Of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Dr GH (George ) Smith , Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Dr G Savidge , Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
Professor T Whittaker , Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
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Abstract The UK Engineering and Physical Science Council (EPSRC) funded research consortium, Supergen Marine (1), which consisted of the University of Edinburgh; Heriot-Watt University; The University of Lancaster; The University of Strathclyde and the Robert Gordon University, has, since October 2003, been undertaking cutting edge research in support of the developing marine renewables industry.The consortium, which has been modified to include The Queen s University Belfast and the move of key members of the Robert Gordon University Marine Energy Group to the University of Edinburgh, is now bidding for continued support from the research council.The aims of the original Supergen marine research programme primarily related to enhancing understanding of the location, extent and characteristics of the marine energy resources. This was on a 3-10 year horizon, and is still valid. However, research priorities have evolved to recognise experiences and questions arising from early tests, thedeployment of prototype devices and the outcomes of the original work programme. The overall aim, while still generic, has evolved and is now directed, in the revised research programme, towards increasing understanding of the device-sea interactions of energy converters from model-scale in the laboratory to full size in the open sea. The programme includes work on: device arrays and how these will influence local and regional environmental conditions; radical design approaches, which take into account new philosophies of design guidance; ensuring that numerical and physical design support is consistent and robust; the challenges posed by design in mixed tidal and wave environments; system control in complex non linear and evolving environments; the complex challenges posed by fixing, mooring and recovery of marine systems; the economic challenges posed by the variable and intermittent nature of the marine resource; the sparse information available to predict and assess the long term reliability of marine energy systems and how an increased understanding of all of these issues can be best disseminated within the stakeholder community
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