Professor Deborah Greaves OBE
Head of School
School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Head of the School of Engineering
Member of the COAST Engineering Research Group
Member of the Centre for Coastal and Ocean Science and Engineering
Member of the Centre for Advanced Engineering Systems and Interactions
DPhil,University of Oxford 1995
BEng Hons, Civil Engineering, University of Bristol 1988
Deborah Greaves is Head of the School of Engineering and of the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, Professor of Ocean Engineering and Director of the COAST Laboratory at the University of Plymouth with previous appointments at Oxford, UCL and the University of Bath. Her research interests include marine and offshore renewable energy, and physical and numerical modelling of wave-structure interaction. She has led many national and international research projects concerning offshore renewable energy (ORE) in collaboration with industrial and academic partners and is Director of the EPSRC £9 million Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub. She recently published with Wiley an edited book on Wave and Tidal Energy (2018) and in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2018, she was awarded an OBE for services to Marine Renewable Energy, Equalities, and Higher Education.
Deborah Greaves is Head of School, Professor of Ocean Engineering and Director of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Laboratory in the School of Engineering at Plymouth University, she is Board Member and Inaugural Chair for PRIMaRE (the Partnership for Research In Marine Renewable Energy, www.primare.org), Director of the Supergen ORE Hub (www.supergen-ore.net) and non-executive Director of Wave Hub plc. From 2000 until February 2008, she was a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath and held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship for six years. Before that, she was a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL for five years after completing her DPhil at Oxford University, and prior to that she graduated in Civil Engineering from Bristol University and worked as a civil engineer for four years.
Her research interests include marine renewable energy, physical and numerical modelling of violent free surface flow and wave-structure interaction. She is and has been involved with research projects concerning marine renewable energy funded by EPSRC, GWR, EU Interreg, IEE, H2020, SWRDA, InnovateUK in collaboration with industrial and academic partners and since July 2017 is the new Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Supergen Leader, appointed to develop the strategy and consortium for the new ORE Hub research that brings together the Offshore Wind with Marine Energy sectors. Through the Supergen ORE Hub £9 million programme over 4 years, she is providing research leadership for the ORE community. She recently led the 10 partner EU project SOWFIA on wave energy impact assessment, is leading 6 partner EP/M022382/1 Collaborative Computational Project on Wave Structure Interaction (CCP-WSI). She led EP/N008847/1 A Zonal CFD Approach for Fully Nonlinear Simulations of Two Vessels in Launch and Recovery Operations and EP/K012177/1 on the hydrodynamics of deformable flexible fabric structures and the 5 partner EP/J012866/1 on Fundamentals and Reliability of Offshore Structure Hydrodynamics. She also leads PU’s involvement with EU MARINET2 (and previously with MARINET), EU WETFEET, EU HYDRALAB Plus, UKCMER and on previous projects EP/J010235/1 on extreme loading in marine renewables.
She has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers, has secured over £20 million research income, is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Member of RINA (Royal Institution of Naval Architects), a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society, the Leadership Foundation and of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the RCUK Energy Programme’s Scientific Advisory Committee (2016 – present), a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel of ICE’s international journal Engineering and Computational Mechanics, a member of the editorial board for the International Journal for Marine Energy, a member of the technical committee for EWTEC (European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference), a member of the Carbon Trust Advisory Board, the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub Technical Advisory Group, member of the Plymouth Employability Skills Board, a member of the Peer-review College of the EPSRC, a Member of the NERC Pool of Technologies Reviewers, member of the Royal Society’s research Grants Board 20K (Physical Sciences) 2019 – 2021, a reviewer for several journals, reviewer for international funding bodies (Singapore Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC), German Academic Exchange Service), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NOW. She was a member of the international Engineering Science Panel for Research Environment Evaluation of Uppsala University KoF2017 Quality and Renewal 2017 Uppsala University, is a member of the Pool of Experts for the United Nations, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, OLA edited a Wiley book on Wave and Tidal Energy and was shortlisted for the 2014 WISE Research Award.
Deborah Greaves is Director and led the development of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Laboratory, which represents a major enhancement in UK capability. It was opened in October 2012 and was part-funded by ERDF funding through the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in partnership with the University of Plymouth. COAST is a world-leading laboratory that focuses on Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) devices, ocean engineering, and environmental impact modelling. COAST is closely aligned to the MRE industry, and has supported numerous projects for engineering companies, HEIs, international clients and the media.
In the Queen's Birthday Honours List, 2018, she was awarded an OBE for services to Marine Renewable Energy, Equalities and Higher Education.
Member of RINA (the Royal Institution of Naval Architects)
Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers
Details of Grants Awarded
- EPSRC Extreme Loading on FOWT under Complex Environmental Conditions
- EPSRC ORE Supergen Hub additional funds, EP/S000747/1, PI Deborah Greaves, £4 million, 2019 – 2022. The consortium is led by UoP, with co-Directors from Universities of Southampton, Oxford, Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Exeter, Warwick, Aberdeen, Hull and Manchester.
- UKERC Whole Systems networking Fund: A whole systems approach to realising the potential of hydrogen for optimising the offshore energy system, October 2018 – March 2019, £74,872
- EPSRC ORE Supergen Hub, EP/S000747/1 , PI Deborah Greaves, £5 million, 2018 – 2022, the role of the Supergen ORE hub is to provide research leadership for the ORE community to enable transformation to future scale ORE. The consortium is led by UoP, with co-Directors from Universities of Southampton, Oxford, Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Exeter, Warwick, Aberdeen, Hull and Manchester.
- Wave Energy Scotland (WES) Very Large Scale Wave Energy Generation, with Ove Arup, £79,628 (£8000 to UoP), March 2018 – June 2018.
- STFC ARCHER eCSE Developing Dynamic Load Balancing library for wsiFoam, January – November 2018, £31k, PI
- IUK/EPSRC MTG2 Modular Tide generators, Oct 2017 – Mar 2019, £1,068,872, £330,490 to UoP, PI
- EPSRC EP/R010765/1 ORE Supergen Leader Deborah Greaves, July 2017 – Jan 2018, £183,377, PI, six-month engagement and consortium building project to develop the strategy and proposal for the new ORE Supergen Research Programme.
- EPSRC EP/P026109/1, Partnership for Research In Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE), Aug 2017 – July 2020, £300,760, PI
- Marine-I project, Department for Communities and Local Government – European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), £1,025,109, (PI for UoP), Jan 2017 – Dec 2019.
- A feasibility study on Elastomeric-based WECs (ELASTO), Wave Energy Scotland, WES, £55,701, PI for UoP with Edinburgh University, 2017-2018.
- MARINET2, Marine Research Infrastructures Network for Energy Technologies, H2020 £216,275 (PI for UoP), 2016 – 2021. The 10 million Euro trans-national access MARINET2 project has 40 partners, and seeks to ensure the continued integration and enhancement of all leading European research infrastructure and facilities specialising in research, development and testing of offshore renewable energy systems. MARINET2 will bring researchers and developers from Europe to Plymouth and provide access to 100 days of testing in the COAST Lab’s 35-metre long ocean basin.
- EPSRC EP/N022947/1 STORMLAMP: STructural behaviour Of Rock Mounted Lighthouses At the Mercy of imPulsive waves, £453,077, Co-I, 2016 – 2019: Partners: Exeter, UCL. The project is being led by Plymouth, conducting physical modelling in the COAST laboratory, CFD modelling and continuing our work instrumenting the rock lighthouses of Trinity House, the Northern Lighthouse Board and the Irish Lights.
- H2020 HYDRALAB Plus, grant agreement 654110, (PI for UoP), Associate Partner, 2015-19
- EPSRC EP/N008847/1: A Zonal CFD Approach for Fully Nonlinear Simulations of Two Vessels in Launch and Recovery Operations, £572,177, (PI) 2015 -2018: Partners: City, MMU. The aim is to develop a fast and efficient numerical simulation method using a zonal approach alongside cutting edge experiments.
- IUK/EPSRC Innovate UK, MTG Tidal Raft Platform Concept, £117,027, (PI for UoP) 2015 – 2016. This project investigates a new concept for deployment of tidal turbines in a modular tidal raft system.
- H2020 WETFEET: Wave Energy Transition to Future through Evolution of Engineering Tools, £221,964, (PI for UoP), 2015 – 2018, led by Wave Energy Centre in Portugal with 12 European partners. This project investigates breakthrough technological advances for wave energy conversion.
- EPSRC EP/M022382/1: CCP-WSI, Collaborative Computational Project for Wave Structure Interaction, £603,949, PI and CCP Chair, July 2015 – June 2020. This is a new Collaborative Computational Project that aims to bring the computational fluid dynamics and experimental fluid dynamics communities together in wave structure interaction, led by PU in collaboration with MMU, City, Bath, Exeter and RAL.
- EPSRC EP/K038303/1: Virtual Wave Structure Interaction (WSI) Simulation Environment, £360,636, Co-I, 2013 – 2016. This project involves the development of a numerical wave tank in a shared open source environment and is led by MMU with Plymouth and RAL.
- EPSRC EP/K012177/1: The hydrodynamics of deformable flexible fabric structures for wave energy conversion, £433,565, PI, 2013 – 2016. Funded as part of the UKCMER SuperGen Marine Challenge, this project is led by PU and is a collaborative project with Southampton University. New concepts for wave energy conversion are investigated through model testing and numerical modelling.
- EPSRC EP/J012866/1 FROTH: Fundamentals and Reliability of Offshore Structure Hydrodynamics, £436,113, PI, 2012 – 2015. In this project a series of cutting edge experiments are carried out in the ocean basin at PU in order to provide insight into the hydrodynamics of offshore wave impact. New developments in computational fluid dynamics are made to tackle different aspects of wave impact and then applied to simulation of the experiments. Led by UoP, the project is collaborative with City, MMU and Bath with a total budget of £1,075,832.
- EPSRC EP/J010235/1 SuperGen Marine Challenge: X-MED: EXtreme Loading of Marine Energy Devices due to Waves, Current, Flotsam and Mammal Impact, £258,624, (PI for UoP), 2011 - 2014. Led by the University of Manchester, UoP’s contribution is to carry out laboratory scale experiments and develop CFD simulations of extreme loading of a wave energy device.
- NERC: NE/J004219/1 FLOWBEC Flow & Benthic Ecology 4D, £140,000, (Co-I), 2011 -2014, investigating new techniques for environmental monitoring of wave and tidal energy demonstration sites.
- EPSRC SUPERGEN Marine 3 Associate Partner, £61,075, (PI for UoP), 2011 - 2016, Deborah Greaves is a member of the UKCMER Steering Group and supervises a PhD studentship funded by the programme.
- Marine Energy in Far Peripheral & Island Communities (MERiFIC) Interreg, £197,482, PI for UoP, 2011 – 2014, led by Cornwall Council and with 10 European partners, the project investigates aspects of marine energy development and was selected under the European Cross-Border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A.
- OWEL Marine Demonstrator, TSB project led by IT Power, £2.5 M, PI for UoP, consortium for deployment of the Offshore Wave Energy Ltd (OWEL) 2010 – 2013.
- EU FP7 Infrastructures Project MaRINET, Marine Research Infrastructures Network for Energy Technologies, £86,421 PI for UoP. Led by UCC, this project has 36 European partners and has funded the use of the PU COAST Laboratory Ocean Basin by European and international researchers, total budget approx. 10 million euro, 2011 – 2015.
- SOWFIA (Streamlining of Offshore Wave Farms Impact Assessment) European Project: Intelligent Energy Europe Programme IEE, total 1.9 million euro, PI and Coordinator of 10 Partner Project: 2010 - 2013. The project investigated impact assessment and consenting of offshore wave energy in Europe and developed recommendations for streamlining.
- PROTTEC (Public Research Organisation Technology Transfer through Regional Economic Clusters) EU Interreg Project £115.6k, PI for UoP, 2009 – 2011.
- FP7 Project THESEUS (Innovative technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate), €386,427, Co-I, 2009 – 2013.
- GWR Studentship Development of an Assessment Model for Coastal Flooding and Erosion due to Climate Change with Edenvale Young Associates, 59.2k, Co-I, 2008 –2011.
- GWR Research Project 358’ Resource Assessment Tool for Tidal Power Generation: Inter Array Modelling. With Garrad Hassan, Tidal Generation, International Power and Bristol, Plymouth and Exeter University. Value 59.2k, Co-I, 2008 – 2011.
- EPSRC Industrial Case Studentship with Arup, Wave energy converter & mooring/tether dynamics modelling, £85k, PI, 2008 – 2011.
- ERDF, PRIMaRE, Coupled Dynamic Response of Wave Energy Converters and Mooring Systems, £387k, Co-I, 2007 – 2010.
- GWR Research proposal, Survivability and Tuning of the Sperboy Wave Energy Converter, with University of Bath and Embley Energy,£55,200, PI, 2009-2012.
- EPSRC EP/D077508 Extreme wave loading on offshore wave energy devices using CFD: A hierarchical team approach, £95,604, PI, led by Plymouth, jointly with Manchester University, Oxford University and Manchester Metropolitan University, 2006-2009.
- Royal Society University Research Fellowship Grant, Novel adaptive mesh methods in CFD, £157,669, PI, 2000 – 2006.
- Royal Society Grant for joint project with Shanghai Jaiotong University, China, Nonlinear fluid/structure analysis of a body entering water with high speed, Co-I (Q741 1998-2001).
- EPSRC GR/L24083, Coupled solution of the Navier-Stokes equations for marine hydrodynamic analysis, £93,709, Co-I. Collaborative project with Oxford University,1997-99.
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