Academics edit book on marine renewable energy sector

Two University of Plymouth academics have edited a new book outlining developments in the marine renewable energy sector and some of the future challenges it faces.

Professor of Ocean Engineering Deborah Greaves and Professor of Coastal Engineering Gregorio Iglesias are both renowned experts in the field, having led a number of major national and international research projects.

Their new book, Wave and Tidal Energy, aims to provide a comprehensive review of the continually-developing sector, drawing from the latest research and experience of device testing.

It includes detail on key issues such as resource characterisation, wave and tidal technology, power systems, numerical and physical modelling, environmental impact and policy, as well as an up-to-date review of developments worldwide and case studies of selected projects.

Set for release in June and published by Wiley, it acts as an overview of wave and tidal energy suitable for newcomers to the field, and a reference text for students and practitioners in the wave and tidal energy industry.

Writing in the book, Professor Greaves and Professor Iglesias say:

“Since the 1990s the importance of developing renewable energies has been well recognised worldwide. And at the time of writing this book, onshore wind, solar and hydropower are mature and making relevant contributions to the energy mix. However, the untapped potential of these land‐based forms of renewable energy is not unlimited therefore, new renewable energies, including wave, tidal and offshore wind, must be developed. It is only by doing this that carbon-based energy production might be further reduced, in the spirit of the recent Treaty of Paris and previous agreements on climate change.”

Professor Greaves is Head of the School of Engineering and played an integral role in developing the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Laboratory within the Marine Building. She has led many national and international research projects concerning offshore renewable energy (ORE) in collaboration with industrial and academic partners, in 2017 was appointed by EPSRC as the new ORE Supergen Leader and has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers. 

Professor Iglesias is Leader of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Research Group, and he has over 20 years' experience in numerical and physical modelling applied to marine renewable energy and coastal engineering. He is a member of the IEC Technical Committee for sub-prototype size wave energy device development and one of the inventors of the WaveCat, a Wave Energy Converter. Professor Iglesias has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and secured over £12 million research funding.

The authors add:

“Wave and tidal energy is a fascinating field with many exciting research challenges. Driven by the passion of the researchers and practitioners involved, the momentum in the sector is poised to transform wave and tidal energy from its present research and development status into a fully-fledged renewable contributing substantially to the energy mix.”

COAST Engineering Research Group

The COAST Engineering Research Group is a leading team of coastal and ocean engineering researchers carrying out both fundamental and applied research. The group contains recognised specialists in laboratorymodelling, numerical modelling, field experimentation and theoretical analysis.

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