SuperGen UK Centre for Marine Energy Research

Phase 3 Extension: January 2015 - December 2017

In the extension of phase three, the core consortium now consists of the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde, Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Exeter and the Swansea University. The consortium includes the associate universities of Cambridge, Cardiff, Dundee, Heriot-Watt, Imperial, Lancaster, Manchester, Plymouth, Oxford and Southampton.


This page is divided into the following sections:

  1. Phase 3 Extension Background
  2. Programme and Objectives


Phase 3 Extension Background

SuperGen Marine Phase 3 is the UK Centre for Marine Energy Research, whose aim is to ensure joined-up regional, disciplinary and thematic effort to meet the challenges in accelerating deployment of wave and tidal energy technologies towards and through 2020 targets.  It delivers fundamental and applied research, operates a network of academic researchers, industry partners and international collaborators and continues to provide the highest quality of doctoral training and knowledge transfer. The Extension to Phase 3 funding was won for new and more strategic research to be conducted by the original core partners, operating as a team, which re-addresses the current sectoral needs.  It will increase understanding of the fatigue induced by cyclic loading, and its effects, to improve the reliability of arrays of tidal and wave devices, and complement work in the Grand Challenge projects.The tidal hydrodynamic modelling required and integration with activities in Wales commended the inclusion of Swansea in Core.


Programme and Objectives

The overall hypothesis of the research is that, if tidal and wave energy technologies are to be installed in arrays and farms aspiring to the capacity of the 2020 and 2050 targets, the large-scale deployment and operation will have to be systematically de-risked by the uptake of output from directed whole-systems research, accrual of know-how and knowledge transfer between academia and the sector.  Extension to Phase 3 has 5 interacting scientific work packages to explore numerically and physically the interaction of tidal and wave devices with their energy fluxes, one another, their moorings and the electricity network to understand the cyclic and irregular forces acting and the structural loadings arising, ultimately to reduce fatigue and increase reliability. The work packages are:

  • WP1 – Current to wire modelling of tidal arrays 
  • WP2 - Integrated control to optimise performance of tidal arrays 
  • WP3 - Wave loading and fatigue reduction in tidal turbines
  • WP4-Optimising the design of wave energy converters to reduce structural fatigue 
  • WP5 - Fatigue and reliability prediction in wave and tidal device moorings