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Reference Number EP/S023763/1
Title EPSRC and NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment
Status Started
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 100%;
Research Types Training 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Applied Mathematics) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 50%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 50%;
Principal Investigator Dr RM Dorrell
No email address given
Energy and Environment Institute
University of Hull
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2019
End Date 30 September 2027
Duration 102 months
Total Grant Value £6,057,054
Industrial Sectors Aerospace; Defence and Marine
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Non Theme Specific
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr RM Dorrell , Energy and Environment Institute, University of Hull (99.988%)
  Other Investigator Professor NG Wright , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor SI Hogg , Engineering, Durham University (0.001%)
Dr W M Coombs , Engineering, Durham University (0.001%)
Dr M Shahbazi , Engineering, Durham University (0.001%)
Dr N Dervilis , Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr P Osborne , Advanced Manufacturing Res Centre Boeing, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr DR Parsons , Geography, University of Hull (0.001%)
Professor J Gilbert , Engineering, University of Hull (0.001%)
Dr P Talling , Science and Technology, United Utilities PLC (0.001%)
Dr P Berggren , Sch of Natural Sciences & Env Sciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr N Dethlefs , Computer Science, University of Hull (0.001%)
Dr F Earle , Psychology, University of Hull (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) (0.000%)
Project Contact , H R Wallingford Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Plymouth (0.000%)
Project Contact , JBA Consulting (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (0.000%)
Project Contact , Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (0.000%)
Project Contact , Siemens AG, Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Ocean Technology Center (NOTC), China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Humber Chemical Focus Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Engie (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , ABP (Associated British Ports) (0.000%)
Project Contact , JDR Cable Systems (Holdings) Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Joint Nature Conservation Committee (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ørsted (0.000%)
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Abstract There is a compelling need for well-trained future UK leaders in, the rapidly growing, Offshore Wind (OSW) Energy sector, whose skills extend across boundaries of engineering and environmental sciences. The Aura CDT proposed here unites world-leading expertise and facilities in offshore wind (OSW) engineering and the environment via academic partnerships and links to industry knowledge of key real-world challenges. The CDT will build a unique PhD cohort programme that forges interdisciplinary collaboration between key UK academic institutions, and the major global industry players and will deliver an integrated research programme, tailored to the industry need, that maximises industrial and academic impact across the OSW sector.The most significant OSW industry cluster operates along the coast of north-east England, centred on the Humber Estuary, where Aura is based. The Humber 'Energy Estuary' is located at the centre of ~90% of all UK OSW projects currently in development. Recent estimates suggest that to meet national energy targets, developers need >4,000 offshore wind turbines, worth 120 billion, within 100 km of the Humber. Location, combined with existing infrastructure, has led the OSW industry to invest in the Humber at a transformative scale. This includes: (1) 315M investment by Siemens and ABP in an OSW turbine blade manufacturing plant, and logistics hub, at Greenport Hull, creating over 1,000 direct jobs; (2) 40M in infrastructure in Grimsby, part of a 6BN ongoing investment in the Humber, supporting Orsted, Eon, Centrica, Siemens-Gamesa and MHI Vestas; (3) The 450M Able Marine Energy Park, a bespoke port facility focused on the operations and maintenance of OSW; and (4) Significant growth in local and regional supply chain companies.The Aura cluster (www.aurawindenergy.com) has the critical mass needed to deliver a multidisciplinary CDT on OSW research and innovation, and train future OSW sector leaders effectively. It is led by the rsity of Hull, in collaboration with the Universities of Durham, Newcastle and Sheffield. Aura has already forged major collaborations between academia and industry (e.g. Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy and Orsted). Core members also include the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), who respectively are the UK government bodies that directly support innovation in the OSW sector and the development of novel marine environment technology and science. The Aura CDT will develop future leaders with urgently needed skills that span Engineering (EPSRC) and Environmental (NERC) Sciences, whose research plays a key role in solving major OSW challenges. Our vision is to ensure the UK capitalises on a world-leading position in offshore wind energy.The CDT will involve 5 annual cohorts of at least 14 students, supported by EPSRC/NERC and the Universities of Hull, Durham, Newcastle and Sheffield, and by industry. In Year 1, the CDT provides students, recruited from disparate backgrounds, with a consistent foundation of learning in OSW and the Environment, after which they will be awarded a University of Hull PG Diploma in Wind Energy. The Hull PG Diploma consists of 6 x 20 credit modules. In Year 1, Trimester 1, three core modules, adapted from current Hull MSc courses and supported by academics across the partner-institutes, will cover: i) an introduction to OSW, with industry guest lectures; ii) a core skills module, in data analysis and visualization; and iii) an industry-directed group research project that utilises resources and supervisors across the Aura partner institutes and industry partners. In Year 1, Trimester 2, Aura students will specialise further in OSW via 3 modules chosen from >24 relevant Hull MSc level courses. This first year at Hull will be followed in Years 2-4 by a PhD by research at one of the partner institutions, together with a range of continued cohort development and training.

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