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Reference Number EP/M011054/1
Title A new simulation and optimisation platform for marine technology
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Ocean Energy) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Applied Mathematics) 40%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 30%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 30%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 90%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 10%;
Principal Investigator Dr MD (Matthew ) Piggott
No email address given
Earth Science and Engineering
Imperial College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 March 2015
End Date 28 August 2018
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £434,711
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme NC : Infrastructure
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr MD (Matthew ) Piggott , Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Dr DA Ham , Mathematics, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr J Gorman , Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor P Kelly , Computing, Imperial College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Renewable Energy Systems (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) (0.000%)
Project Contact , H R Wallingford Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Argonne National Laboratory, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Alstom Grid Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Simula Research Laboratory, Norway (0.000%)
Project Contact , MeyGen Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Numerical Algorithms Group Ltd (0.000%)
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Abstract The coastal zone plays a crucial part in addressing two of the most pressing issues facing humanity: energy supply and water resources. Marine renewable energy and desalination are both characterised by the deployment of relatively small-scale technology (for example, tidal turbines, or desalination plant outfalls) in large-scale ocean flows. Understanding the multi-scale interactions between sub-metre scale installations and ocean currents over tens of kilometres is crucial for assessing environmental impacts, and for optimisation to minimise project costs or maximise profits. The vast range of scales and physical processes involved, and the need to optimise complex coupled systems, represent highly daunting software development and computational challenges. Geographically, the UK is uniquely positioned to become a world leader in marine renewable energy, but adequate software will be a key factor in determining the success of this new industry.To address this need, this project will re-engineer a unique CFD to marine scale modelling package to provide performance-portability, future-proofing and substantially increased capabilities. To motivate this we will target two applications: renewable energy generation via tidal turbine arrays and dense water discharge from desalination plants. Both are characterised by a common wide range of spatial and temporal scales, the need for design optimisation and accurate impact assessments, and a current lack of the required software.This project will build upon several world-leading open source software projects from the assembled multi-disciplinary research team. This team already has a long and successful track record of working together on the development of high quality open source software which is able to exploit large-scale high performance computing and has been used widely in academia and industry. In addition, the project has assembled a wide range of suitable project partners to aid in the delivery of the project as well as to promote longer term impact. These include complementary centres of excellence in cutting-edge software development, industry leaders in the targeted application areas, marine consultancies, and those contributing to environmental regulation.
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