Mr Thomas van Lanschot




A124 Alrick Building

Research Institute: 

  • Energy Systems

Research Theme: 

  • Energy Policy, Economics and Innovation
  • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Engineering


Thomas is a Doctoral Candidate within the Policy and Innovation Group at the Institute for Energy Systems. His work falls under part of the DTOcean Project.  The project aims at accelerating the industrial development of ocean energy power generation knowledge, and providing design tools for deploying wave and tidal energy converter arrays. (

The work Thomas focuses on is the development of strategic design tools which aid in the understanding of the feasibility of developing large scale offshore wind and wave energy arrays based on future and current infrastructure and technology. The work heavily involves a detailed understanding of the construction, operation and maintenance of such developments. His work looks to identify current and future potential sites within the waters of the EEZ and the possible road blocks to development.

He took an interruption of his studies to carry out work on the multi national and multi million pound LEANWIND project ( Within this project Thomas’s work included developing models to analyse the suitability of infrastructure for development sites.  Liaising with project partners to establish the requirements of various economic, logistics and engineering models to be integrated within a GIS planning system.

He has a broad background in coastal and marine engineering research as well as experience in environmental and climate based work. He was awarded a research grant by the University of Plymouth during his masters to collaboratively design and assess the performance of a hybrid wave/wind energy array with scale physical tank testing. He has since worked for research groups and consultant engineers JBA conducting wave modelling and flood forecasting works. Thomas is a member of the EI, IMarEST and INORE.

Aside from spending most of my time near the sea or observing and studying it Thomas also has spent years enjoying it. He enjoys beaches, pubs, most sports, sailing, diving, music, art and general merriment. A Life goal; move to a hot coastal town and make wine. 


Research Interests: 

Research Interests: 
Offshore Wind Energy, Coastal & Offshore Engineering, Structural Engineering, Numerical and Physical Modelling, Site Suitability Analysis, Array optimisation, Energy policy and feasible energy development (In particular that of smaller nations and remote islands)