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  • The energy supply sector is undergoing massive technological changes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, the climate is progressively changing creating new challenges for energy generation, networks and demand. The Adaptation and Resilience in Energy Systems (ARIES) project aims to understand how climate change will affect the UK gas and electricity systems and in particular its 'resilience'.

    Research Themes: 

    • Energy and Climate Change
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  • There are 3 main objectives in this project:

    1. Answer the research question: Can energy storage radically improve off-grid and on-grid control in wave energy arrays? How can it be done?
    2. Develop an electrical array model for wave energy, with energy storage and co-ordinated control
    3. Strengthen the partnership between the UK and Chinese Institutions for future research collaboration

     

    Research Themes: 

    • Offshore Renewable Energy
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  • Statement of the Project
    • Development of a very sound expertise on CO2 transportation infrastructure
    • Identification and understanding of uncertainties during integration of CO2 capture, compression, injection and reservoir units together with CO2 transportation system
    • Provide industry and academia with the required technical knowhow in this context

    Research Themes: 

    • Energy Storage and Carbon Capture
  • This project will design, build, install and operate an open ocean 4.5MW tidal energy farm in the Inner Sound in the Pentland Firth, off the Northern coast of Scotland. The project ("Clearwater") will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of a multi-turbine tidal energy array, an essential step to catalyse development of commercial projects in the EU ocean energy industry. Project Clearwater provides a credible, robustly implemented transition from high cost single turbine demonstration deployments of marine turbines to economically viable multi-hundred turbine arrays in oceans and managed water assets across Europe and the wider global market.

    Research Themes: 

    • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • The hydrodynamic performance of marine devices is crucial from the energy efficiency point of view. A well-designed drag reducing technique for ship hulls would decrease the unsustainable fossil fuel consumption and pollution, which accounts for 3% of the global carbon dioxide emission. The drag experienced by, for instance, a tidal turbine blade, also limits the extractable power from the tidal stream and, therefore, a drag reduction would increase the capacity factor of tidal turbines and decrease the cost of renewable energy. Our research aims to reduce the experienced drag with compliant coatings.

    Research Themes: 

    • Naval Architecture
    • Materials and Structures
  • Compliant coatings can decrease fuel consumption of marine vehicles and enhance energy efficiency of marine energy converters

    Research Themes: 

    • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Marine renewable energy has been receiving increasing attention in both political and industrial circles. There has been limited deployment to date, and the industry is only now entering the development phase of the Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment (RDD&D) process.

    Research Themes: 

    • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • DTOcean is a European collaborative project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development, more specifically under the call ENERGY 2013-1.

    Research Themes: 

    • Offshore Renewable Energy
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