Offshore ‘Wind Power’ and ‘Marine Energy’ were two areas highlighted by the Supergen Review 2016 report as having sufficient common or aligned research challenges as well as synergies in technologies to merit clustering. Creating this new Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy hub will continue to support and build on the existing academic capacity within these three internationally leading research areas (wind, wave and tidal technology), whilst also enabling shared learning on common research challenges.
EPSRC is creating a new Supergen ORE hub and will consult with the research community as well as industry and policy stakeholders on how best to put this together and identify a coordinated programme of multidisciplinary research. It is recognised that the specific research challenges facing offshore wind, tidal and wave technologies are quite distinct and that the work in synergic areas would be in addition to existing research and expertise.
Professor Deborah Greaves, Head of the School of Engineering and Director of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Laboratory at the University of Plymouth, has been selected to head up ORE Supergen and run the six-month Engagement Project from July to December 2017 to build the consortium and develop the R&D strategy and forward programme.