School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
THEME 1 - COASTAL AND HYDRAULIC ENGINEERING
The two main areas of growth in Marine Renewable Energy are tidal stream devices and the environmental impact of marine renewables on coastal processes. Work on wave power systems will continue both in the laboratory utilising the two wave tank facilities and at prototype scale jointly with companies such as Aquamarine Power and Wavegen. A key area of research will support the development of numerical models which will predict the impact of wave power device arrays on coastal processes. The new wide wave tank facility at Portaferry with its cross current capability will be key to this work. This facility also provides the capacity to study natural coastal processes.
A second machine, being developed by Oceanflow Energy is current under test and it is anticipated that that this type of work will expand and fundamental hydraulic work taking place in parallel will inform the design of future machines. This will build on our extensive knowledge of propeller modeling and will be supported by laboratory work which utilise the laser measurement equipment in which the university invested a few years ago.