IES Seminar: Recent Advances in Marine Renewable Energy at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Classroom 10, Alrick Building, School of Engineering


Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00

We are pleased to announce our next speaker, Paul Murdy from NREL, next Thursday 12th May 1pm-2pm.

The talk will take place in Classroom 10 inside the Alrick Building. You can also join the seminar via MS Teams.


At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, scientists and engineers advance wave energy and tidal, ocean, and river current energy technologies, which could deliver renewable electricity to the grid as well as powering offshore needs. Collaborating closely with the U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office and the marine energy community, NREL researchers leverage their extensive expertise in numerical modeling, laboratory testing, and open-water validation, so that marine energy stakeholders can benefit from decades of renewable energy experience, working together to provide solutions that can support and accelerate the development of the evolving blue economy. This seminar will provide a current overview of recent research developments and capability enhancements at NREL, with a specific focus on materials development, manufacturing, structural validation, and deployments for marine renewable energy devices. Insights from key national projects, such as the Verdant Power Research Measurement Campaign and the Marine Energy Advanced materials project, will be shared during this seminar.


Dr. Paul Murdy is a research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory who works in the Hydropower & Water Power System Deployment team. His main research focusses are developing composite materials and structural validation methods for marine energy systems, as well as wind turbine blades and other renewable energy structures. This includes the development of novel materials and manufacturing processes for large composite structures to reduce costs and increase reliability and recyclability, as well as structural design, finite element analysis, and techno-economic analysis. More recently, he has been investigating applications for additive manufacturing and applying his knowledge to loads measurement campaigns for tidal turbine deployments.

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