WP13: Dissemination and Outreach

This work package aims to interact/collaborate where appropriate with existing marine energy research being undertaken in the UK/EU and disseminate the outcomes of the activities of the SUPERGEN Marine Energy consortium to both academic and industry based audiences.

The objectives of this activity are as follows:

  • To inform the wider UK academic community of the work being undertaken within the EPSRC SUPERGEN Marine Programme;
  • Establish commonalties between the SUPERGEN research activities and ongoing UK marine energy research and explore opportunities for wider collaboration and knowledge sharing from existing research programmes e.g. (EPSRC, ESR21, RNET etc.);
  • Bring into context the UK research activities with activities being undertaken elsewhere in Europe;
  • Establish the scale and impact these research activities will have on the wider marine energy objectives that UK Government policy aspires to;
  • Liase with industry partners to bridge the academic-industry gap so that potential commercial deliverables from the research activities are identified and exploited;
  • Establish an academic-industry scholarship fund to support wider dissemination (conditions would apply so that funded scholars would contribute to the workshop/seminar series)

The consortium has disseminated continuously via peer-reviewed journals, at conferences and at marine-energy related events of others, including:

  • 5th, 6th & 7th European Wave & Tidal Energy Conferences - Cork 2003, Glasgow 2005, & Porto 2007
  • EU Coordinated Action on Ocean Energy Workshops in Aalborg & Uppsala 2005, Amsterdam & Lisbon 2006 and Copenhagen 2007
  • Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section Conference, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Scottish Economic Policy Network 2005.
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh Inquiry into Energy Issues in Scotland, 2005
  • Intl Conferences on Marine Renewable Energy MAREC - Blyth 2004 & London 2006
  • All Energy Conference, Aberdeen 2004, 5, 6 & 7
  • World Renewable Energy Congress - Keynotes in Denver 2004 & Florence 2006
  • Greenhouse Gas Control Technology Conference - Vancouver 2004 & Trondheim 2006
  • DTI Trade Missions to Iberia 2004, France 2006, USA 2006, New Zealand 2006, Korea 2007
  • FCO/British Council Renewables Workshops, China 2006/7, Canada 2007
  • Intl Symp on Fluid Machinery for Wave & Tidal Energy: State of the Art & New Developments, London, October 2005
  • Advances in Reliability Technology Symposium - Keynote in Loughborough, June 2005
  • Intl Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering - Hamburg, June 2006
  • Ocean Renewable Energy Group - Nova Scotia, Nov 2006
  • Intl Conference Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference - San Francisco, July 2006 and Lisbon 2007
  • International Sustainable Energy Forum, San Francisco, October 2006
  • Brazil Wave Power Seminar, Rio de Janeiro, February 2006
  • International Conference Ocean Energy, Bremerhaven, 2006
  • Centre for Public Policy for Regions-EUREAL workshop, Glasgow 2006
  • IEEE International Conference on Clean Electrical Power Renewable Energy Resources Impact, Capri, May 2007
  • IMechE, Fluid Machinery for Developing Engineers, Cranfield, 2007
  • ECOMOD Energy and Environment Modelling Conference, Moscow 2007

The SuperGen workshop programme, organised and run by the consortium, included:

  • SuperGen Marine - Year 1 Progress, October 2004, Edinburgh - 70 delegates
  • From C to sea: modelling and simulation for optimising marine renewable energy extraction; April 2005, Aberdeen - 50 delegates
  • Learning from Experiences; Joint workshop with Co-ordinated Action on Ocean Energy at the 6th European Wave Energy Conference, August 2005, Glasgow - 60 delegates
  • Research Route Map for Wave and Tidal Energy ConversionTidal Measurements, Joint workshops with UKERC and EMEC, April and August 2005, Edinburgh - 30 and 30 delegates.
  • Research Route Map for Environmental Impact of Marine Energy, Joint workshop with UKERC, and EMEC, September 2005, Edinburgh - 30 delegates.
  • Making waves: Economic and Social Impact of Marine Renewables, Dec 2005, Glasgow
  • SuperGen Marine Research - Progress and Achievements, Joint invited workshop with UKERC, June 2006, Oxford - 50 delegates.

Several of the research staff and post-graduates have visited European collaborators for extended stays. Some of the partner institutions will operate co-lateral programmes with the Doctoral Training Programme in Phase 2 to adjoin their students to proposed activities.

Dissemination of the activities of the consortium also takes place via the SuperGen Marine web-sitehttp://www.SuperGen-marine.org.uk. It is broadly accessible to all visitors but there are reserved areas with permitted access for members joining via the web-site, collaborators and partners.

Phase 1 of SuperGen enjoyed interest and assistance from collaborating bodies and organisations, including

Aberdeen City Council The Met Office
AEA Technologies Ltd Marine Current Turbines
Aquatera NaREC
Aquamarine Power Ltd Newage AvK
Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd Ocean Power Delivery
Black and Veitch Orcina
The Carbon Trust Orkney Island Council
The Crown Estates Scottish Power
DTI Scottish Enterprise
Entec Scottish and Southern Energy
ECN Nantes (Fr) SEPA
The Engineering Business Teamwork Technologies (NL)
The University of Exeter TU Delft (NL)
HIE Wavegen