EngD Project Title: Data-Driven Optimisation of Offshore Wind Operations and Maintenance
Industrial Partner: EDF
MEng Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering – University of Cambridge. First Class master’s project working with British Cycling to use elements on the bike to reduce the drag on the rider. Innovations from this research were used in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
What attracted you to studying with IDCORE?
I have a strong desire to work in the energy industry and green transition. Following graduation and a career change I struggled to find jobs in this sector. IDCORE offers a great way to train and develop skills in renewable energy whilst also doing impactful research. The industrial link is fantastic for development and gives great exposure to some of the leading companies in the industry.
What attracted you to offshore renewables industry?/ What aspects of the industry do you find most inspiring, interesting or important for the future?
I have always had a strong interest in the energy industry. It’s so fundamental to the way we live that being involved in this really excites me. It’s increasingly important to combat climate change and move away from traditional fuels to renewables. Offshore renewables offers huge potential for meeting growing energy demands in a clean way and, particularly in the UK, there are really interesting engineering challenges in deploying new technology at massive scale. Increasingly it is becoming apparent that the development of supply chain and port infrastructure is essential for development of 10s of GW of offshore renewables. Optimising how we use these facilities will be really important in large scale deployment and running of projects.
What ambition would you like to fulfil as a Research Engineer?
More than anything I would like to have an impact. Through my work on optimisation of maintenance I hope to develop tools and methods that are used across industry to help reduce running costs, reduce waste and improve power output of offshore windfarms. Beyond this I hope to be involved in the delivery of multi-GW scale wind farms in the future.