So, what is PRIMaRE? well, the Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy is:A partnership between the universities of Exeter and PlymouthSet-up to help support the growth of the Marine Renewable Energy industry in the South WestIt encompasses a team of academics, technical experts and world-class facilities which are spread across both universities – so both here in Plymouth and at the University of Exeter’s Campuses in Exeter and in Cornwall.And we have an extensive website which has recently been updated and includes a wealth of information on PRIMaRE and it’s activities. The project has been funded by the institutions themselves, the South West Regional Development Agency, and the European Regional Development Fund - through both the Competitiveness and Convergence Programmes.Our presentation is going to: Explain a bit more about PRIMaRE’s research programmes Talk about the Knowledge Exchange programme that we work on Explore the various ways in which PRIMaRE can work with organisations Present some examples of successful interaction
PRIMaRE’s research looks at the most pertinent issues facing the development of Marine Renewable Energy Devices, and that includes:Environments, and the various stakeholders and communities that will be affected by the development of this industryInputs to devices, so in other words the wind, wave and tidal climates that we’re trying to harnessOutputs from devices, so the power that’s generated and how that can be made grid compliant.The Moorings and Foundations required to derive power.And finally the Generic Tools which are going to be required – this includes simulation, modelling and testing technology to inform the design and optimisation of devices
And from this,PRIMaRE has developed six main research themes, in no particular order: Environmental Impact – this theme aims to understand, quantify and mitigate the environmental and biodiversity impacts of marine renewable energy extraction. PRIMaRE researchers are currently working at the Wave Hub site off Hayle in Cornwall to undertake a baseline study, once devices are in the water this will allow them to monitor the impact and then feed back to the developers.Resource Characterisation – this enables developers to assess the economic viability of potential energy farm sites. Again, PRIMaRE is currently working to quantify the Wave Energy resource at Wave Hub using a combination of wave buoys, computational simulation and land based radar. Marine Operations – research in this area is focusing on addressing the engineering challenges associated with Marine Renewable Energy extraction in order to help accelerate device development and address issues such as optimisation and reliability.
Safe Operations & Navigational Risk – This is looking at the impact on other water users of putting Marine Renewable Energy devices in the water. PRIMaRE has developed a simulation of the Wave Hub site and have been working with professional navigators to find out what’s likely to happen when there’s actually devices in the water, and this is being used to inform the design of a monitoring system for the site. Underwater & Surface Electrical Systems – This theme looks at a range of issues around the power that Marine Renewable Energy devices produce, and how this can be conditioned in order to feed it into the national grid. Socio-Economic Factors – Research in this theme is being used to inform public policy on energy and sustainability, its also being used to help understand the management of marine stakeholders in the consulting and consenting processes for Marine Renewable Energy projects.
PRIMaRE has a number of highly specialised facilities and equipment at its disposal:These include: The South West Moorings Test Facility, which has been designed to understand the dynamics of free floating wave energy devices and collect data on these as well as to test conventional and novel mooring configurations. The buoy is currently deployed about off the Helford River in Cornwall. We have a Dynamic Marine Component Test Rig coming online in September this year, utilising data from the SWMTF will allow wave energy device components to be subjected to dynamic loading in order to accelerate development and increase reliability.An Electrical Power Laboratory, which has been set-up to investigate a wide range of issues including grid connection, compliance, protection and power quality for Marine Renewable Energy projects. We also have a new Hydrodynamics Facility under construction at Plymouth which is due to open in 2012, this will house 2 new wave tanks including a ocean wave basin, a coastal basin and a sediment wave flume, which will be used to simulate the effects of waves, currents and wind loads to support device testing, coastal engineering and environmental impact modelling.We also have a wide range of specialist equipment within the project which includes a wave buoy array which is being used for resource assessment and wave climate modelling, a high frequency radar array which is used for land-based measurement of wave heights and directions, we have several research vessels including the Anne Cathleen and the Falcon Spirit – and these are equipped with a range of devices, we also have several ROVs which are being used for seabed assessment and biodiversity surveys. There are high performance computing clusters available within both universities, which are being used on a wide rang of computational modelling applications. We also have instruments and equipment to measure hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics and monitor biodiversity impacts in the ocean. Finally we also have a ship navigation simulator suite which is being used to explore the navigational hazards posed by Marine Renewable Energy projects.
So in order to connect all of that research up with industry PRIMaRE has a dedicated Knowledge Exchange team which comprises two project managers at each university.Our job is to work closely with the regional business community to:- Help connect industry with the knowledge base- Promote the transfer of Knowledge and Expertise- Build relationships between academics and businesses- Play an active role within the various networks and participate in relevant eventsAnd we don't just work with device developers and renewable energy companies, but in fact ANYONE who is interested in diversifying into the offshore energy sector
How do we do that?Well, we act as a single point of contact we can be reached via the freephone number and the email address shown on the slideBroadly speaking the way we operate is to engage customers, interpret their needs and, where appropriate, we broker solutions from PRIMaRE to meet those needs.We offer free and impartial support to people interested in accessing the various services available within our universitiesWe also work closely with a number of other support partners, so if we cant help, we’re likely to be able to signpost you to somebody that can!
What we can provide access to is a very wide range of university services including: Knowledge & Expertise – for example through collaborative research, consultancy and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Students & Graduates – through our various placements and graduate recruitment schemes Resources – including specialist equipment, facilities and technical expertise Skills – through training and professional development And this can deliver real benefits to businesses, whether it be through improved products and processes, compressed development cycles or the benefits of bringing a fresh pair of eyes into the business.
We have a networking session after the presentations, if you have time, please take advantage of the fact that we’re all here together, try to meet the team and have an initial discussion around your requirements.If you cant stay for this session, but you are interested in meeting the team, please can I ask that you contact them directly using the details shown on the slide.Thank you!
About pri ma-re-presentation
Working with PRIMaRE to Support Innovation & Growth<br />Rupert Lorraine University of Plymouth<br />
Higher Level Skills & CPD</li></ul>Looking to support the growth of Marine Renewable Energy in the South West<br />Have commissioned several initiatives, leveraging central finance and additional EU funding through the ERDF Competitiveness & Convergence Programmes<br />Knowledge Base<br /><ul><li>Understanding Regional Capability
Research Programmes<br />Environmental & Biodiversity Impacts<br />To mitigate the environmental impacts of marine renewable energy extraction <br />Resource Characterisation<br />To enable detailed assessment of the economic viability of wave / tidal sites <br />Marine Renewable Energy Systems <br />To inform the design of devices, moorings, connections and infrastructure<br />
Research Programmes(continued)<br />Safe Operations & Navigational Risk<br />To manage interactions between water users and mitigate the risk of collision<br />Underwater & Surface Electrical Systems<br />To investigate grid compliance, power quality, systems protection and reliability<br />Socio-Economic Factors <br />To inform policy on energy and sustainability <br />
Facilities & Equipment<br />Centres of Expertise<br /><ul><li> South West Moorings Test Facility (SWMTF)
Ship’s Bridge Simulator</li></li></ul><li>Knowledge Exchange<br />Dedicated team of ‘frontline’ knowledge exchange staff<br />Supporting the regional business community by:<br /><ul><li> Connecting industry with the knowledge base
Promoting the transfer of knowledge and expertise
Building relationships between academics and businesses
Establishing and maintaining an active presence within the networks</li></li></ul><li>Knowledge Exchange<br />0800 052 5600<br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />Brokering Solutions<br />Analysing Needs<br />Engaging Customers<br /><ul><li> A single point of contact