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Steering Committee

PRIMaRE Chair

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj (The University of Southampton)

 

For more than 25 years, Prof Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research within the University directing one of the UK's leading university-based research groups, the Sustainable Energy Research Group, (SERG).  The aims of ECCD and SERG are to promote and conduct fundamental and applied research and pre-industrial development in the areas of energy technologies, improvements in energy efficiency and assess the impact of climate change on buildings. Under the leadership of Prof Bahaj, SERG involvement in ground breaking research projects in the UK, as well as in China, the Middle East and Africa has been pivotal.

As an experienced research team director, Prof Bahaj has initiated and managed research in ocean energy conversion (resources, technologies and impacts), photovoltaics, energy in buildings and impacts of climate change on the built environment, resulting in over 270 published academic articles in journals and conferences of international standing. From 2001 to 2007, Prof Bahaj was a member of the UK’s Department of Business and Regulatory Reform (BERR) Technology Programmes Panels on Water (including ocean energy) and Solar Energy. He is the founder and Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Marine Energy and was the EPSRC appointee on the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Supervisory Board (2005-2010). He is also a member of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Advisory Board.

Contact details
Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 2051
Email: a.s.bahaj@soton.ac.uk
Personal website: <link>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRIMaRE Steering Committee 

Prof. Deborah Greaves (Plymouth University)

 

Deborah Greaves is Professor of Ocean Engineering and Director of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Laboratory in the School of Marine Science and Engineering at Plymouth University, she is Board Member and Inaugural Chair for PRIMaRE. From 2000 until February 2008, she was a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath and held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship for six years.  Before that, she was a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL for five years after completing her DPhil at Oxford University, and prior to that she graduated in Civil Engineering from Bristol University and worked as a civil engineer for four years. Her research interests include marine renewable energy, physical and numerical modelling of violent free surface flow and wave-structure interaction.  She is and has been involved with a number of research projects concerning marine renewable energy funded by EPSRC, GWR, EU Interreg, IEE, FP7, SWRDA, TSB in collaboration with industrial and academic partners. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a member of the editorial board for the International Journal for Marine Energy, a member of the technical committee for EWTEC (European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference).

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Contact details
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 586122
Email: 
deborah.greaves@plymouth.ac.uk
Personal website: <link>

Dr. Lars Johanning (The University of Exeter)

 

Lars Johanning has been involved in research on hydrodynamic related topics for marine structures since 1997. His research included studies on hydrodynamic damping and vortex induced vibration on bluff bodies, loading and dynamic response of a mono-tower in steep and breaking waves, and hydrodynamic studies on station keeping principals for marine renewable devices to improve reliability and cost efficient power capture.

Before joining the Renewable Energy Group at the University of Exeter in September 2007 Prof Lars Johanning was a researcher within the EPSRC sponsored Supergen Marine Consortium, where he undertook the research on mooring systems for floating marine energy converter. Within the Renewable Energy Group he is leading the research within the field of hydrodynamics and marine operations, with the main focus on coupled dynamic response of marine energy converter and its station keeping system in respect of safe station keeping and power conversion efficiency.

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Contact details
Tel: +44 (0) 1326 253730
Email: l.johanning@exeter.ac.uk
Personal website: <link>

Dr. Jun Zang (The University of Bath)

 

Dr. Jun Zang is a Reader, and founding Director of the Research Unit for Water, Environment and Infrastructure Resilience, at the University of Bath. Prior to joining Bath in January 2007, she was a Departmental Lecturer at University of Oxford after a couple of years of research at MMU and HR Wallingford, and a few years of working in offshore engineering industry, and lecturing at DUT. Her research focuses on wave impact on fixed and floating coastal and offshore structures by advanced numerical methods and experiments. Dr. Zang recently led an EU funded project investigating violent wave impact on offshore wind turbine foundations using large scale of experiments. Currently she is the Bath Principal Investigator for four EPSRC projects on predicting extreme wave loading on offshore structures and exploring the science and engineering required to ensure that marine renewable energy devices survive extreme conditions. Her current on-going research projects also include: numerical simulation of urban and coastal flooding; integrated system modelling of wave energy devices; and developing a Particle-in-Cell numerical method for providing accurate and efficient modelling tool for complex fluid-structure interactions for coastal and offshore engineering applications. 

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Contact details
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 384315
Email: j.zang@bath.ac.uk
Personal website: <link>

Dr. Paul Harper (The University of Bristol)

 

Since completing his PhD in the area of fatigue of composites in early 2009, Paul Harper has developed this research through collaborative projects related to the design and failure analysis of tidal turbine blades. He is currently pursuing additional research linked to the application of composites in wind and marine energy applications, including areas such as manufacturing and quality assurance, structural health monitoring and environmental lifecycle analysis. After completing an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology in 2011, he also has a wider interest in the design and analysis of renewable energy systems.

Since 2008, Paul has also been closely involved with Low Carbon South West, formerly the Bristol Environmental Technology & Services Sector (BETS), and have focused mainly on developing improved links between the University and environmental technology companies. He has also been closely involved with the development of the Bristol University's Cabot Institute, a new multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to tackling the challenges of uncertain environmental change.

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Contact details
Tel: +44 (0) 117 95 45159
Email: paul.harper@bristol.ac.uk
Personal website: <link>

Prof. Melanie Austen (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)

 

Dr Melanie Austen is Head of Science at PML leading the Sea and Society area of science. She has recently completed a 3 year term as the Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK's Marine Management Organisation. In PML, Mel leads a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary research projects from the socio-economics of marine ecosystems and their services through to environment and human health, and marine biodiscovery. Mel has led and participated in several EU projects including the scientific co-ordinator of the interdisciplinary EU FP7 project VECTORS - Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors.

Mel was originally a benthic ecologist specialising in meiofauna research, but in the last fifteen years she has been developing and leading UK and EU funded collaborative marine research that directly interfaces marine ecology and ecosystem modelling with environmental economics to support policy development and management for sustainable ecosystems. This research encompasses the environmental benefits and costs of a diversity of human activity in the seas such as renewable energy extraction, shipping, tourism and recreation, fishing and conservation.  

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Contact details
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 633100
Email: mcva@pml.ac.uk
Personal website: <link>

Dr. Stephen Cotterell (Marine Biological Association)

 

After graduating from the University of Liverpool with an Honours Degree in Marine Biology, Stephen worked in Tanzania for two years. First as Science Coordinator for Frontier-Tanzania and then as Marine Biologist for Chumbe Island Coral Park, an educational and eco-tourist Centre situated on one of Zanzibar’s outlying islands. He returned to the UK to study for an MSc (awarded with distinction) in Marine and Fisheries Science at Aberdeen University. Stephen’s dissertation looked at exercise physiology in different strains of post-smolt Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) at the Fish Behaviour Unit of Aberdeen’s Marine Laboratory.

Stephen came to the MBA in late 2007 to study the space use of fish around offshore marine renewable energy structures as a PRIMaRE Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. This new challenge blends together historical information, modern marine mapping methods and UK’s first large-scale acoustic recording array for fish tracking.

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Contact details
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 633287
Email: stette@mba.ac.uk
Personal website: <link>

Mr. Johnny Gowdy (South West Marine Energy Park)

 

Johnny is a director of Regen SW and leads the development of our commercial projects. He is an industry-recognised expert in the south west offshore renewable supply-chain.

Johnny was pivotal in the setting up of the UK’€™s first Marine Energy Park, chairs the Bristol Tidal Energy Forum and is a member of the government'€™s Marine Energy Programme Board.  He also co-authored the influential Bristol Channel Balanced Technology Approach€™ paper and was invited to speak to the Climate Change Select Committee on the Severn barrage proposal.

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Contact details
Tel: +44 (0) 1392 494399
Email: jgowdy@regensw.co.uk

Ms. Claire Gibson (Wave Hub)

 

Claire has been Managing Director of Wave Hub Limited since December 2011. She led the development of Wave Hub from its inception in 2003 through to construction in 2010 and now has overall responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the test facility and managing the business, Wave Hub Ltd, on behalf of BIS. Claire is the Executive Director on the Wave Hub Ltd Board.

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Contact details
Tel: +44 (0) 1736 800290
Email: 
claire.gibson@wavehub.ac.uk

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