Supergen Marine - Core

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Sch of Biological Sciences

Abstract

The UK Engineering and Physical Science Council (EPSRC) funded research consortium, Supergen Marine (1), which consisted of the University of Edinburgh; Heriot-Watt University; The University of Lancaster; The University of Strathclyde and the Robert Gordon University, has, since October 2003, been undertaking cutting edge research in support of the developing marine renewables industry. The consortium, which has been modified to include The Queen's University Belfast and the move of key members of the Robert Gordon University Marine Energy Group to the University of Edinburgh, is now bidding for continued support from the research council. The aims of the original Supergen marine research programme primarily related to enhancing understanding of the location, extent and characteristics of the marine energy resources. This was on a 3-10 year horizon, and is still valid. However, research priorities have evolved to recognise experiences and questions arising from early tests, the deployment of prototype devices and the outcomes of the original work programme. The overall aim, while still generic, has evolved and is now directed, in the revised research programme, towards increasing understanding of the device-sea interactions of energy converters from model-scale in the laboratory to full size in the open sea. The programme includes work on: device arrays and how these will influence local and regional environmental conditions; radical design approaches, which take into account new philosophies of design guidance; ensuring that numerical and physical design support is consistent and robust; the challenges posed by design in mixed tidal and wave environments; system control in complex non linear and evolving environments; the complex challenges posed by fixing, mooring and recovery of marine systems; the economic challenges posed by the variable and intermittent nature of the marine resource; the sparse information available to predict and assess the long term reliability of marine energy systems and how an increased understanding of all of these issues can be best disseminated within the stakeholder community.

Publications

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Ortega J (2009) Hilbert-Huang transform analysis of storm waves in Applied Ocean Research

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Osalusi E (2009) Reynolds stress and turbulence estimates in bottom boundary layer of Fall of Warness in International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer

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Osalusi E (2009) Structure of turbulent flow in EMEC's tidal energy test site in International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer

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PANDIAN, P. K (2010) An overview of recent technologies on wave and current measurement in coastal and marine applications in Journal of Oceanography and Marine Science

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Pascal R (2011) Directional spectrum methods for deterministic waves in Ocean Engineering

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Payne, Grégory S (2009) Best practice guidelines for tank testing of wave energy converters in The Journal of Ocean Technology

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Price A (2009) On the capture width of wave energy converters in Applied Ocean Research

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Radtke J (2011) Capacity Value of Large Tidal Barrages in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems

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Robin Wallace (Author) (2010) Power conversion for wave energy applications

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Saruwatari A (2009) Scarifying and fingering surfaces of plunging jets in Coastal Engineering

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Sun X. (2008) An experimental survey in the wake of a simulated tidal current turbine in Proceedings of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology Part A: Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology

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Watanabe Y (2008) Free-surface flows under impacting droplets in Journal of Computational Physics

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Whittaker T (2012) Nearshore oscillating wave surge converters and the development of Oyster. in Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences

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WS9.1 ALLAN, G. J., (2008) A distinctive Scottish energy policy?

 
Description The findings and output of this, now closed, second phase of SuperGen Marine are fully documented in the monograph that the research team produced at the conclusion, and on the SuperGen Marine website, from which the monograph may be downloaded.
Exploitation Route The work of the consortium has influenced technology, policy, standards, regulation and practice.
Sectors Energy

URL https://www.supergen-marine.org.uk/
 
Description The findings of this project have influenced policy, standards, regulation and practice in the marine energy sector.
First Year Of Impact 2007
Sector Energy,Environment
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £237,809 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/F062583/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2008 
End 09/2009