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Reference Number EP/L016303/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS)
Status Started
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 50%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 50%;
Research Types Training 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor LA Terry

School of Water, Energy and Environmen
Cranfield University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 May 2014
End Date 31 December 2022
Duration 104 months
Total Grant Value £4,026,002
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region East of England
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor LA Terry , School of Water, Energy and Environmen, Cranfield University (0.001%)
  Other Investigator Dr BW Byrne , Engineering Science, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor SW Williams , School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Professor FP Brennan , School of Engineering, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Dr A Mehmanparast , School of Water, Energy and Environmen, Cranfield University (99.996%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , EDF Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , QinetiQ Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Heriot-Watt University (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Fugro GeoServices Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Renewable Energy Systems (0.000%)
Project Contact , H R Wallingford Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Health and Safety Executive (0.000%)
Project Contact , Zhejiang University, China (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Western Australia (0.000%)
Project Contact , Dong Energy, Denmark (0.000%)
Project Contact , Aalborg University, Denmark (0.000%)
Project Contact , Centrica Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , E.ON New Build and Technology Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Skanska UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , University College Dublin, Ireland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Mojo Maritime Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Subsea 7 Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Det Norske Veritas BV (DNV), Norway (0.000%)
Project Contact , GE (General Electric Company) UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (0.000%)
Project Contact , Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , RWE Generation (0.000%)
Project Contact , RenewableUK (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Lisbon, Portugal (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Genova (UniGe), Italy (0.000%)
Project Contact , Xodus Group UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tata Group UK (0.000%)
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Abstract This proposal is for a Doctoral Training Centre to provide a new generation of engineering leaders in Offshore & Marine Renewable Energy Structures. This is a unique opportunity for two internationally leading Universities to join together to provide an industrially-focussed centre of excellence in this pivotal subject area.The majority of informed and balanced views suggest approximately 180 TWh/year of offshore wind, ~300km of wave farms (19 TWh/year), 1,000 tidal stream turbines (6 TWh/year) and 3 small tidal range schemes (3 TWh/year) are desirable/achievable using David MacKay's UK DECC 2050 Pathways calculator. These together would represent 30% of predicted actual UK electricity demand. This would be a truly enormous renewable energy contribution to the UK electricity supply, given the predicted increase of electricity demand in the transport sector. The inclusion of onshore wind brings this figure closer to 38% of UK electricity by 2050.RenewablesUK predicts Britain has the opportunity to lead the world in developing the emerging marine energy industry with the sector having the potential to employ 10,000 people and generate revenues of nearly 4bn per year by 2020.The large scale development of offshore renewable energy (Wind, Wave and Tidal) represents one of the biggest opportunities for sustainable economic growth in the UK for a generation. The emerging offshore wind sector is however unlike the Oil & Gas industry in that structures are unmanned, fabricated in much larger volumes and the commercial reality is that the sector has to proactively take measures to further reduce CAPEX and OPEX. Support structures need to be structurally optimised and to avail of contemporary and emerging methodologies in structural integrity design and assessment. Current offshore design standards and practices are based on Offshore Oil & Gas experience which relates to unrepresentative target structural reliability, machine and structural loading characteristcs and scaling issues particularly with respect to large diameter piled structural systems. To date Universities and the Industry have done a tremendous job to help device developers test and trial different concepts however the challenge now moves to the next stage to ensure these technologies can be manufactured in volume and deployed at the right cost including installation and maintenance over the full design life.This is a proposal to marry together Marine and Offshore Structures expertise with emerging large steel fabrication and welding/joining technologies to ensure graduates from the programme will have the prerequisite knowledge and experience of integrated structural systems to support the developing Offshore and Marine Renewable Energy sector. The Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) Doctoral Centre CDT will embrace the full spectrum of Structural Analysis in the Marine Environment, Materials and Engineering Structural Integrity, Geotechnical Engineering,Foundation Design,Site Investigation, Soil-Structure Interaction, Inspection, Monitoring and NDT through to Environmental Impact and Quantitative Risk and Reliability Analysis so that the UK can lead the world-wide development of a new generation of marine structures and support systems for renewable energy. The Cranfield-Oxford partnership brings together an unrivalled team of internationally leading expertise in the design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of offshore structural systems and together with the industrial partnerships forged as part of this bid promises a truly world-leading centre in Marine Structures for the 21st Century
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