Professor
Engineering
Telephone: (01792) 295688
Room: Office - 110
First
Energy Safety Research Institute
Bay Campus

Research includes: The interaction of tidal turbine rotor blades with combined tide, wave and turbulent flows; marine vessel survey of high energy wave and tidal sites; CFD modelling of wave machines, tidal turbines, arrays, wakes, scour and deposition; environmental impact analysis of wave and tidal energy sites.

The Swansea research was the starting point for the Low Carbon Research Institute Marine Consortium (LCRI Marine), formed in 2006 to undertake world class research into the generation of renewable electrical energy from waves, tides and currents in oceans, estuaries and rivers. It includes all the Welsh Universities. To ensure the industrial relevance of the research, in 2008 the Marine Energy Task Group for Wales was formed. With over 50 member organisations from industry, government, and environmental groups, it supports efforts to generate marine energy around the coast of Wales.

Member of the BSI Technical Committee for marine energy standards.

Previously Financial Director of Swanturbines Ltd., a marine renewable energy company and a leading developer of tidal stream turbines (www.swanturbines.co.uk). This “underwater wind turbine” is a fully submerged and completely predictable form of energy.

Areas of Expertise

  • marine energy
  • ocean energy
  • wave
  • tidal turbine

Publications

  1. & Numerical modelling of storm and surge events on offshore sandbanks. Marine Geology 371, 106-119.
  2. & The effects of a Severn Barrage on wave conditions in the Bristol Channel. Renewable Energy 68, 428-442.
  3. & Computational prediction of pressure change in the vicinity of tidal stream turbines and the consequences for fish survival rate. Renewable Energy 101, 1141-1156.
  4. & A hybrid prognostic methodology for tidal turbine gearboxes. Renewable Energy
  5. & The influence of waves on morphodynamic impacts of energy extraction at a tidal stream turbine site in the Pentland Firth. Renewable Energy

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Teaching

  • EG-108 Engineering Sustainability

    To understand what sustainability is, why it is important and how engineering can be carried out in a sustainable way. ¿sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.¿ (Bruntland Commission, UN, 1987) The three ¿pillars¿ of sustainability are protection of the environment, stable and profitable business economics and a healthy society. The module aims to inspire engineers through good case studies and to show how engineers can contribute to all three aspects of this ¿triple bottom line¿.

  • EG-3061 Power Generation Systems

    This module will provide a detailed introduction the technology, politics and economics of power generation and its distribution, with an emphasis on the UK network. The main topics include power for transport applications and electricity generation. Case studies of existing power plant (including coal, oil, gas, nuclear) will be followed by an assessment of low carbon technologies which may offer sustainable energy supplies into the future (wind, wave, tidal, solar, biomass).

  • EGA334 Mechanical Engineering Design 3

    This module demonstrates the outcomes of three years of learning and applies multiple skills to a design project. The project will show that students can manage and deliver a design task, as a team, through all stages of the design process. Students should progress from specification to concept design, undertake analysis (using computer tools as appropriate) and produce a design report and assembly drawings.

  • EGTM71 Power Generation Systems

    This module will provide a detailed introduction the technology, politics and economics of power generation and its distribution, with an emphasis on the UK network. The main topics include power for transport applications and electricity generation. Case studies of existing power plant (including coal, oil, gas, nuclear) will be followed by an assessment of low carbon technologies which may offer sustainable energy supplies into the future (wind, wave, tidal, solar, biomass).

Supervision

  • Investigations into biotic growth and corrosion on tidal range marine hydropower turbines (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Ed Pope
  • Tidal Energy and Coastal Models: Improved Turbine Simulation (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Williams
  • Investigation and Optimisation of an Array-on-device configuration for a Novel Wave Energy Converter (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Williams
  • Fatigue analysis of floating tidal energy converters (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Williams

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head - Marine Energy Research Group

    2001 - Present