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Optimisation in techno‐economic analysis of marine renewable energy

University College Cork


Brief of Description of Project

Ocean renewable energy is a new and emerging technology sector. First stage development of devices are being designed to primarily survive the harsh ocean, and thus are by nature overdesigned and not the most economic. Development in the industry to commercial designs will require techno‐economic optimisation of power capture as well as optimisation of all components of a device. Optimisation of device design will be in 2 perspectives: 

  • optimisation of the power curve/matrix to suit location of choice 
  • optimisation of component material and engineering to improve performance and economics. 

The PhD will develop optimisation algorithms for both these subject areas. Research work will have input to the Navitas techno‐economic software tool being developed in HMRC. The research be in collaboration with the computer science department in UCC.The Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) at University College Cork was established in 1979. It is a centre of excellence within Ireland for Ocean Renewables and Coastal Engineering providing support to the maritime industry as well as fundamental R&D. The staff at the HMRC have been selected from a wide range of engineering backgrounds; including civil, environmental, electrical and electronic, mechanical, aeronautical and oceanographic. This provides a diverse assortment of experience and skills to explore the multi disciplinary technology. Further growth is expected over the next few months, taking on a number of Post-doctoral researchers, engineers and PhD students. The Centre, which is principally a dedicated research facility, also offers a teaching and education function. It houses the only facilities for wave simulation in Ireland with a Wave Flume and an Ocean Wave Basin.

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