About this project
The UK is committed to the use of offshore wind energy to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The EPSRC-NERC Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment will enable delivery of this target by developing environmental and engineering solutions to key offshore wind sector challenges; thereby supporting a sustainable energy supply. In partnership with Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult), a 4-year taught and research industry-sponsored Aura CDT PhD is offered.
The PhD directly addresses sector needs to understand climate change and offshore natural capital, meaning the elements of nature that directly or indirectly produce value to people. More specifically, the wind and wave conditions that can help towards the development of offshore renewable energy in a sustainable way.
The offshore wind industry has developed rapidly over the last decade and is expected to grow further in the coming years. However, the technologies involved and the conditions under which they perform are expected to change in the future. New technologies, such as floating wind turbines and robotic maintenance, will require a more detailed environment characterisation for the future.
In this PhD, novel machine learning methodologies and climate models will be used to quantify the effect of climate change on marine conditions and to provide guidelines for specified technologies. Here, focus will be put on wave and wind conditions that affect different aspects of the offshore wind industry.
Wind farm accessibility relies on waves conditions and forecasted sea state, so it is one of the main points for consideration when maintenance jobs must be performed. With the use of climate models, data maintenance operations will be evaluated in the context of climate change to assess if change of equipment and development of new types of crew transfer operations, which allow maintenance in rougher seas, will significantly increase the available maintenance windows.
The project will lead to a greater understanding of the impact of climate change in the offshore renewables sector and provide guidelines for operators, contractors, and stakeholders in all stages of the wind farm lifetime. From planning, to operation & maintenance and decommissioning this PhD will lead to futureproofing equipment, extending lifetime of infrastructure and timely decommissioning.
The post is available from September 2020 as a full-time position. You will join Cohort 2 of the Aura CDT in Hull, in the heart of the UK’s Energy Estuary – the global centre for research, innovation and development for the sector. Initially, you will study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment, followed by a 3-year PhD supported by ORE Catapult.
For more information visit www.auracdt.hull.ac.uk