Offshore Renewable Energy

Offshore Renewable Energy Research Theme

Based within the leading UK offshore energy research Universities and Institutes, the IDCORE programme trains world-class industrially focussed research engineers who will, with the help of sponsoring companies, accelerate the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current technologies in order to meet the UK's ambitious offshore renewable energy targets.

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The aim of the RealTide project is to identify main failure causes of tidal turbines at sea and to provide a step change in the design of key components, namely the blades and power take-off systems, adapting them more accurately to the complex environmental tidal conditions. Advanced monitoring systems will be integrated with these identified sub-systems and together with maintenance strategies will be implemented at outset from the design stage to achieve an increased reliability and improved performance over the full tidal turbine life.

Research Themes: 

  • Offshore Renewable Energy
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Specific objectives of this project in the initial two-year commissioning period will include:

  1. Construction of the facility
  2. Installation of the equipment
  3. Commissioning of the equipment
  4. Initial user trials and validation of the technology
  5. Further Academic and Industrial Partner Projects (ongoing beyond the life of this equipment grant) to include university partners Southampton, Manchester, Ulster, Strathclyde, Warwick and IFREMER

Research Themes: 

  • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Structural Engineering
  • Materials and Structures
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The School of Engineering, as part of The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (ECR), University of Edinburgh, invites international applications for three full-time Postdoctoral Research Associates (Grade 7) in Sensors and Offshore Robotics to join the new EPSRC funded Robotics and Artificial Intelligence(RAI) hub: ORCA Hub.

These three Postdoctoral Research Associate positions will contribute to the ORCA Hub within the Institute for Integrated micro and Nano Systems, and the Institute for Energy Systems in The School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, and in collaboration with colleagues in The School of Informatics as well as at Heriot-Watt University, Imperial College London, Oxford University and Liverpool University. The successful candidates will play a leading role in developing novel sensor systems and proof of concept robotic systems for underwater manipulation in the dynamic environments found in offshore energy.

These fixed term posts are full time and are available until 31 March 2021. Appointments to the post(s) will be made for a minimum of 12 months, with the potential to extend to the full term following satisfactory performance reviews. Longer term appointments for exceptional candidates will be considered at the offer stage.

Please indicate in the supporting statement section if you would like to be considered for a particular project only, otherwise candidates will be considered for both the sensing and the underwater robotics posts.

Salary: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum

Closing Date: Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 5pm (GMT)

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Closing Date: 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Shuji Otomo

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Research Institute: 

  • Energy Systems


Shuji attained his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 from Hokkaido University in Japan. His research project was to investigate the effect of turbulence on Savonius turbin


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