Wind and marine energy

The British Isles are at the edge of the Atlantic and have access to some of the most plentiful wind, wave and tidal resources in the world. This makes us well placed to utilise the related technologies to maximum effect and subsequently to exploit wider international markets. The use of wind as a renewable energy resource is already well established in the UK and there is a significant opportunity for the UK to take a world-leading role in accelerating the deployment of wave-energy devices and tidal power installations. A skills gap has been identified in these areas and we are therefore inviting proposals which cover both these aspects.

This priority area focuses on the issues of improving efficiencies and reliability, handling intermittency of supply and environmental issues together with public perception and acceptability.

It is intended that any successful centre will work alongside the existing Industrial Doctoral Centre (IDC) in Offshore Renewables and focus predominately on Wind until October 2016 when that IDC has recruited its last cohort, the Centre for Doctoral Training will then widen its scope to include Marine. Proposals are expected to include a level of industry involvement. It is up to the applicant to justify the level of industry involvement in their application. In order to link excellence in training with excellence in research, proposals are expected to link with EPSRC’s large investments in this area such as the UK Centre for Marine Energy Research, the planned Sustainable power generation and supply wind energy hub as well as Technology Strategy Boards’ Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Proposals are expected to provide details as to how they plan to do this.

Any centre and its students are also expected to network with others addressing the energy challenge through the energy Centres for Doctoral Training network, appropriate resources should be requested to enable them to do this.