FLOTANT

The University of Edinburgh (UEDIN) (United Kindgdom)

The University of Edinburgh (UEDIN)

The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest and most successful universities in the UK with an international reputation as a centre of academic excellence.  It is home to over 30,000 students and attracts students and staff from 140 countries.  The University of Edinburgh is regarded as one of the world’s top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50 and placed 19th in the 2016/17 QS World University Rankings.

The University’s position as one of the world’s leading research universities was highlighted by the publication of the UK wide Research Assessment Exercise results. This study placed the University in the top 5 in the UK, and number one in Scotland by volume of 4* ‘world-leading’ research staff.  The Research Excellence Framework study rated 83% of the University’s research activity as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ and ranked the university 4th in the UK based on quality and breadth of research.

The Institute for Energy Systems (IES) is one of six multi-disciplinary institutes within the School of Engineering at the University.  Led by Professor David Ingram, IES is home to 26 academic staff, 28 research staff and around 70 postgraduate students. The institute delivers world leading research in low carbon energy systems, technology and policy with areas of expertise including: ocean energy; innovation; life-cycle analysis; resource modelling and measurement; hydrodynamics; thermodynamics; and power systems.

IES is at the forefront of renewable energy research with an outstanding record of accomplishment in the field of marine energy conversion.  It leads the ESPRC funded SuperGen UKCMER (UK Centre for Marine Energy Research) consortium, a group of 15 universities conducting research which focuses on developing the potential for future exploitation of the marine energy resource.  IES operates the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE), a programme that trains industrially focussed research engineers to doctoral level and prepares them to contribute to the offshore wind, wave and tidal energy sectors.  IES also founded and coordinates the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Ocean Energy Joint Programme (JP), a network of the leading research and innovation organisations in the European ocean energy sector, which aims to align research initiatives across Europe.

Within IES, the Policy and Innovation Group leads research in to the dynamics of innovation in marine energy systems, particularly the relationships between research, education, policy, investment and innovation.  In collaboration with Ocean Energy Europe, the Policy and Innovation Group operates the European Commission funded ETIP Ocean project, which will provide a knowledge sharing and collaboration hub for the ocean energy sector.

The University of Edinburgh has been at the forefront of marine energy research for around 40 years and enjoys a worldwide reputation in collaborative marine energy, electrical machines and power systems research. It leads or is a leading partner of nearly every UK and European marine energy research project, sponsored by EPSRC, NERC, TSB, ETI, EU-FP7 and EU-H2020. It leads the European Energy Research Alliance (Marine) and is a member of several RCUK and EU consortia in Power Networks, PV Systems and Demand Management.

The Policy and Innovation group of the University of Edinburgh has also been involved in several projects related to techno-economic assessment, technology roadmapping and commercialisation strategies. Examples of the application of the aforementioned analysis can be found in European Projects such as TiPA (Tidal Turbine Power Take-Off Accelerator), OPERA (Open Sea Wave Operating Experience to Reduce Energy Cost), NeSSIE (North Sea Solutions for Innovation in Corrosion for Energy) and DTOCeanPlus (Advanced Design Tools for Ocean Energy Systems Innovation, Development and Deployment).

Consequently, the University of Edinburgh is uniquely qualified to provide the underpinning research required to define and execute FLOTANT successfully.  As such, UEDIN will contribute to Work Packages 1, 7, 8 and 9, with particular focus on WP7 – Flotant impacts, which will perform a techno-economic, social and environmental analysis of the FLOTANT solutions, and WP9 – IPR management, exploitation and business plan, contributing to the business models and the commercialisation strategy. UEDIN’s prominent position as a leader in the ocean energy sector, with key roles in all major ocean energy networks.

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FLOTANT has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 815289