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Dr Simon Waldman

Dr Simon Waldman

Lecturer in Renewable Energy

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Energy and Environmental Institute

Summary

Simon gained his PhD at Heriot-Watt's Orkney campus, in the far north of Scotland. Orkney is an international hub for marine renewable energy development. Subsequently he has worked at the University of Edinburgh, Marine Scotland Science, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the USA.

Simon's research interests centre around renewable energy and the use of regional-scale hydrodynamic modelling to support human activities, understand their effects, and improve planning and policymaking.

Simon's research interests centre around renewable energy and the use of regional-scale hydrodynamic modelling to support human activities, understand their effects, and improve planning and policymaking.

His main area of expertise is in tidal energy, but he is keen to explore problems affecting other energy sources too, and other areas where energy and physical oceanography meet. Recently he has been investigating the implications of very large scale deployment of offshore wind.

"In a broader sense, I care about — without necessarily being expert on — most aspects of energy and energy transition. The physics is great, and important, but it won’t solve our problems in isolation, and the solutions need to consider the environment and society."

Simon is a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute, with interests in the reproducibility of computational research and training for researchers in software best practice.

Simon leads and teaches on the university's MSc Renewable Energy programme.

He is also certified as an instructor for the Software Carpentry organisation, which teaches basic software development skills to academics to improve the efficiency and reproducibility of computational research.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Future policy implications of tidal energy array interactions

Waldman, S., Weir, S., O'Hara Murray, R. B., Woolf, D. K., & Kerr, S. (2019). Future policy implications of tidal energy array interactions. Marine Policy, 108, Article 103611. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2019.103611

Corrigendum to "Implementation of tidal turbines in MIKE 3 and Delft3D models of Pentland Firth & Orkney waters" [Ocean Coast. Manag. 147 (2017) 21–36]

Waldman, S., Bastón, S., Nemalidinne, R., Chatzirodou, A., Venugopal, V., & Side, J. (2018). Corrigendum to “Implementation of tidal turbines in MIKE 3 and Delft3D models of Pentland Firth & Orkney waters” [Ocean Coast. Manag. 147 (2017) 21–36]. Ocean and Coastal Management, 163, 535-536. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.07.014

Other

How Europe's drought is making Britain's energy crisis worse

Waldman, S. (2022). How Europe’s drought is making Britain’s energy crisis worse

Here's why UK tides are soon going to play a much bigger part in powering your home

Waldman, S. (2022). Here’s why UK tides are soon going to play a much bigger part in powering your home

Working Paper

How reproducible should research software be?

Harrison, S., Dasgupta, A., Waldman, S., Henderson, A., & Lovell, C. (2021). How reproducible should research software be?

Research interests

Simon's research interests centre around renewable energy and the use of regional-scale hydrodynamic modelling to support human activities, understand their effects, and improve planning and policymaking.

His main area of expertise is in tidal energy, but he is keen to explore problems affecting other energy sources too, and other areas where energy and physical oceanography meet. Recently he has been investigating the implications of very large scale deployment of offshore wind.

"In a broader sense, I care about — without necessarily being expert on — most aspects of energy and energy transition. The physics is great, and important, but it won’t solve our problems in isolation, and the solutions need to consider the environment and society."

Simon is a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute, with interests in the reproducibility of computational research and training for researchers in software best practice.

Postgraduate supervision

Regional-scale hydrodynamic modelling

Marine renewable energy: resource, environmental effects, inter-array interactions and connections with planning & policy.

***CURRENTLY RECRUITING***

Project on sharing of space between offshore wind and fishing: https://www.hull.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/phd/funded/fishing-and-very-large-scale-offshore-wind-deployment

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