SuperGen UK Centre for Marine Energy Research

The United Kingdom Centre for Marine Renewable Energy (UKCMER) is a virtual centre, funded as the third phase of SuperGen Marine, under RCUK's Energy Programme's SuperGen initiative. UKCMER coordinates research in renewable electricity generation using the power of the waves, tidal currents and floating wind turbines.

UKCMER aims to:

  • conduct world-class fundamental and applied research that assists the marine energy sector in the UK to reliably and dependably accelerate deployment rates and ensure sustained growth in generating capacity to meet the 2020 targets,
  • expand and more effectively operate an inclusive network of academic researchers, industry partners and international collaborators, and
  • continue to provide the highest quality of doctoral training and knowledge transfer in partnership with industry to build intellectual and human capacity for the marine energy sector.

The Centre will achieve these aims through three closely integrated activities:

  • Firstly the operation of a network of excellence which draws together marine energy researchers and developers from UK academia, industry, and the wider international community;
  • Secondly, undertaking a focussed and directed programme of industry driven fundamental research to address issues affecting the push to meet the ambitious deployment target of installing 2GW of generating capacity by 2020;
  • and, finally, the provision of a training programme to develop the knowledge and understanding of both the next next and present generations of marine energy professionals.

The five year research programme will be guided by the marine energy industry, through a formally constituted Research Advisory Forum, to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of the sector. Based on this advice, a series of thematic workshops is being organised to shape future research programmes and build teams of researchers and developers who are able to seek funding from other organisations, such as the technology strategy board (TSB), energy technologies institute (ETI), and European Commission (EC).

The research output from the Centre and updates from project and technology developers will be presented at the Annual Assembly, held in November each year. The bi-annual, week long, residential short courses, which form part of the doctoral training programme, are open to participants from industry as well as PhD and EngD students and offer continuing professional development (CPD) credits. In addition to the PhD students funded by EPSRC as part of this project, the Centre is engaging with the KTP management centres to fund additional EngD studentships through knowledge transfer partnership with industry.

For details on the three phases of the UKCMER see: