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Reference Number EP/J500847/1
Title Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 50%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Prof DM Ingram
No email address given
Energy Systems
University of Edinburgh
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2011
End Date 31 March 2022
Duration 129 months
Total Grant Value £6,531,437
Total Project Value £6,499,212
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Prof DM Ingram , Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , University of Exeter (0.000%)
Project Contact , H R Wallingford Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Association For Marine Science (0.000%)
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Objectives see also linked ETI grant ETI-Wind-7 (EPSRC 1.4M ETI 5.1M)
Abstract A consortium of the Universities of Edinburgh, Exeter and Strathclyde , suppoted by the Scottish Association for Marine Sicences (SAMS) and HR-Wallingford is proposing the formation of an Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Offshore Renewable Technologies. This partnership offers a unique combination of experience in research, development and knowledge exchange with major industry stakeholders in offshore renewable energy and offshore engineering in the naval architecture and oil and gas sectors. This is complemented by the extensive experience of SAMS in the environmental and societal impacts of offshore renewable energy projects. Large-scale commercial deployment of offshore renewables technology will require development of new techniques and technologies to design, build, install, operate, and maintain devices in hostile environments at affordable economic costs and with minimal environmental impact. The drive to meet the UK's ambitious deployment targets requires a supply of highly trained scientists and engineers to deliver their skills across the sector. The consortium is ideally-placed to support the industry in meeting these challenges through a conjoined infrastructure, which begins in some of the best academic research centres with leading test facilities and extends through a unique combination of demonstration facilities, ultimately to test and deployment sites. The partner universities already collaborate closely through their leadership of UK and European flagship programmes listed below. We propose to form an IDC in Offshore Renewable Energy that will conduct internationally leading research, providing a vibrant training environment and delivering a body of high-quality post-doctoral staff to realise this opportunity. In addition to providing a solid background in professional, technical and transferable skills the IDC training program will develop a tightly knit cohort of highly skilled graduates forming a strong foundation for the future development of the sector. Their training will be innovative and multi-disciplinary, using a variety of delivery methods, and utilising unique experimental facilities (such as Strathclyde University's Wave/Towing tank and advanced materials development and testing facility, the new All UK Waters Combined Current and Wave Test Facility and existing tanks and flumes in Edinburgh, the offshore measurement systems (Wave and ADCP measurement array and surveying), South West Mooring Test Facility (SWMFT), accelerated fatigue testing facilities (DMAC) in Falmouth, and survey vessels in Oban and Exeter) and field study areas provided by the host Universities. Through established links with partner organisations including HR-Wallingford, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the National Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC), and the WaveHub, students will be placed and, wherever possible site-trained in large-scale test facilities, prototype demonstration and small-farm demonstration sites. The trainingwill also benefit from the extensive experience of the consortium in advanced engineering analysis and simulation, and access to UK-leading computational facilities. The training package offered by the IDC will provide the students with unparalleled engineering experience in applied offshore renewable energy R&D
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Added to Database 28/11/11