Supergen ORE Hub

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is creating a new Supergen ORE Hub aimed to bring together for mutual benefit the related research areas of wave, tidal and offshore wind in order to share skills, resources and expertise across the field of ORE.

About Supergen Hubs

The Supergen Programme was set up in 2001 to deliver sustained and coordinated research on Sustainable PowER GENeration and supply, focusing on eight key research areas: bioenergy; energy networks; energy storage; fuel cells; hydrogen and other vectors; marine, wave and tidal; solar technology; and wind power.

EPSRC has supported seven Supergen Hubs over the last five years (including calls and Centres for Doctoral Training) and the initiative has led to the development of new tools and technologies, such as pre-treatment technologies for emission reduction in bioenergy; greater collaboration between academia, government and industry; the creation of new strategies and innovation programmes, such as in CHP fuel cells; and provided an opportunity for international collaboration.

The Supergen ORE Hub

Offshore ‘Wind Power’ and ‘Marine Energy’ were two areas highlighted by the Supergen Review 2016 report as having sufficient common or aligned research challenges as well as synergies in technologies to merit clustering. 

Creating this new Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub will continue to support and build on the existing academic capacity within these three internationally leading research areas (offshore wind, wave and tidal technology), whilst also enabling shared learning on common research challenges. 

Work at the proposed hub would aim to build a collaborative approach which will bring benefits through the sharing of best practice and exploitation of synergy, and support equality and diversity and early career researcher development to develop new research leaders.

EPSRC is creating a new Supergen ORE Hub and will consult with the research community as well as industry and policy stakeholders on how best to put this together and identify a coordinated programme of multidisciplinary research. It is recognised that the specific research challenges facing offshore wind, tidal and wave technologies are quite distinct and that the work in synergic areas would be in addition to existing research and expertise.

Professor Deborah Greaves, Head of the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics and Director of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Laboratory at the University of Plymouth, has been selected to head up Supergen ORE Hub and run the six-month Engagement Project from July to December 2017 to build the consortium and develop the R&D strategy and forward programme.

As part of this project, a series of three multi-stakeholder workshops to identify future research challenges for wind (fixed and floating), wave, and tidal (stream and range) energy to facilitate the transformation of the offshore energy system, and will discuss stakeholder needs regarding the new the hub and its modus operandi.

The workshops will address directly the specific recommendations of the Supergen review regarding the scope and aims of the new ORE programme, as well as the vision and interpretation of these.

Professor Deborah Greaves

The Supergen ORE Hub

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Supergen ORE Hub Management

The ORE Hub Board will reflect expertise and leadership in ORE and will comprise Director, Co-Directors, ORE Hub Manager, EPSRC Portfolio Manager, Lead Industry Partner, International Academic Partner and an ECR representative. 

The Board will be responsible for leading on the objectives of the strategy and developing the annual action plan. The Director will have overall responsibility for coordinating the Hub and will be assisted in the coordination role by the ORE Hub Manager, communications staff and administrator. 

 Co-Directors will assist with leadership and management of the new hub, which has a remit spanning the following areas: Offshore Wind (fixed and floating), Wave, Tidal (stream and range), Hybrid systems, Environment, Socio-economics, and include strategies for Early Career Researcher (ECR) Development, Equality & Diversity, Internationalisation and Data management. The management team will be joined by a Lead Industry Partner and an International Academic Partner who will support the academic team.

The Steering Group for the Hub will include the Board together with the PIs of existing ORE research projects funded by RCUK and representatives from key infrastructures, such as EMEC, WaveHub, ORECat, and relevant groups, such as PRIMaRE (Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy) and LCRI (Low Carbon Research Institute), and the composition of this group will change depending on the RCUK research portfolio. 

The Steering group will meet twice annually, one occasion to coincide with the Annual Assembly and will report on R&D and development progress from the ORE Hub and Affiliated Programmes. 

Further support from industry and the wider ORE stakeholder community will be provided by the Advisory Board, in which the ORE Hub Board will be joined by industry and international representatives from offshore wind, wave and tidal sectors, including OEMs, technology developers, and supply chain. 

The Advisory Board will meet annually to review the progress of the Supergen ORE Programme and report on industry challenges and progress, and will also be invited to the Annual Assembly. 

The ORE Network will include a much wider group open to all stakeholders in ORE together with the wider ORE research community, both from within the UK and internationally. 

The Network will be informed about activities and events through email and social media and will meet together at least once per year for the Annual Assembly. 

It will also be invited to join community workshops in particular areas from time to time to respond to opportunities and developments. 

Following the E&D strategy of RCUK, gender balance and diversity will be sought for the Boards and Steering Groups and ECR representation will be included at all levels.

Past events

  • “Transformation of ORE System Challenge Workshop” in Plymouth on 2–3 November 2017   

View the agenda and the briefing document

  • "Wind Challenge Workshop” in London on 16–17 October 2017

View the agenda and the briefing document 

  • “Marine (wave/tidal range and stream) Challenge Workshop” in London on 12–13 October 2017

View the agenda and the briefing document.

  • INORE/Supergen ORE/MaREI workshop on: “The Future of ORE Research: The early career researcher (ECR) Perspective” at the EWTEC 2017, Cork (Ireland) on 30 August 2017. 
  • INORE/Supergen ORE thematic debate on: “Existing barriers in the ORE sector: How can PhD/early career researchers (ECRs) help to break down these by doing things differently?” at the INORE European Symposium, Co. Clare (Ireland) on 24 August 2017. 
  • “Supergen ORE Initial Engagement Event” at the 4th PRIMaRE Conference 2017, Southampton on 7 July 2017.