2nd PRIMaRE Summer School

The 2nd PRIMaRE Summer School, entitled "Designing Marine Renewable Energy Devices" is taking place at the University of Bristol and the University of Bath from the 9th-13th September 2019.

This event represents a unique opportunity to learn from experts in the sector on designing marine renewable energy devices. Although the event is aimed primarily at PhD students and early career researchers, it is also open to industry professionals and any academic staff who wish to learn more about marine renewable energy technologies.

Alongside the taught content, a key aim of the Summer School is to encourage networking and a number of social activities will be arranged during the week, as well as opportunities to explore Bristol and Bath. The Summer School is free to attend, including all accommodation and main meals, but overnight accommodation is limited to 30 people and priority will be given to those travelling long distances.


University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is consistently ranked among the leaders in UK higher education. Research-intensive and with an international reputation for quality and innovation, it has over 21,000 students from over 100 countries, together with more than 4,500 staff.

Much of the University’s environmental research is channelled through the Cabot Institute for the Environment, which drives new research in the interconnected areas of food security, water, low carbon energy, city futures, environmental change, and natural hazards and disasters. The Cabot Institute seeks to engage wider society by working with stakeholders to develop a shared response to 21st Century challenges.

University of Bath

The University of Bath is one of the UK’s leading universities, with extremely high student satisfaction (90% in 2016 and in 2015 National Student Surveys, 4% above the national average) and very high employability of our graduates. We are “top UK University” in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey 2015 and joint most recommended in 2016.

Our Mission is to deliver world class research and teaching, educating our students to become future leaders and innovators, and benefiting the wider population through our research, enterprise and influence. Our courses are innovative and interdisciplinary and we have an outstanding record of graduate employment.

Through the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, the Research Unit for Water, Environment and Infrastructure Resilience, the Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control, and the Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science and other cross-faculty endeavours, highly collaborative world class research on energy, the environment and sustainability is actively conducted across all disciplines at the University of Bath.

Invited Speakers

Development of an Innovative Tidal Stream Energy Device

Joe Hussey, Instream Energy Systems

Joe Hussey is the UK Engineering Manager at Instream Energy Systems, as well as an independent consultant providing specialist support to wave & tidal technology and project developers. He has a diverse range of experience in the development of renewable energy projects and engineering design spanning 20 years. Joe is a chartered mechanical engineer with a background in automation systems design but has spent most of his career in offshore renewables project development, and providing R&D and technical consultancy services to wave, tidal, and offshore wind projects in the UK, Europe, US and the Asia Pacific region.

The Design Process for Marine Energy Devices

Tim Warren, Blackfish Engineering Design Ltd

Tim is a design engineer with 19 years’ experience in the aerospace and tidal energy industries. He has detailed knowledge of a wide variety of engineering topics, including composites, gearboxes, bearings, electric motor control, corrosion, lubrication, instrumentation and metal fabrication. He also has wide experience of systems integration, managing suppliers, and schedule, resource and budget planning. Within the tidal energy industry, he has played a leading role in the design, analysis, manufacture and testing of 2 successful tidal stream turbines (500kW and 1MW rated power). During these projects, he was the lead engineer for composite blades, pitch control mechanisms, hub and nacelle structures, shafts, bearings, clamping mechanisms, hydraulic power pack and corrosion protection.

Innovation in Offshore Marine Energy

Simon Cheeseman, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Simon is an experienced engineer and programme manager, having worked in both the commercial and public sectors.

Working within the ORE Catapult’s Research and Innovation directorate Simon is responsible for managing the Catapult’s marine renewables strategy and developing the Catapult’s portfolio of Wave & Tidal projects and support tools. During his career Simon has held various programme manager roles with responsibility for a range of high value aerospace, communications and marine renewables technology development projects.

Geophysical Survey Techniques for Marine Renewables

William Hodshon, Lloyd’s Register

Will completed his BSc in Geology in 1999 and has worked for the past 20 years with various companies all over the world, in the field of marine geoscience supporting predominantly site investigations. Will is now one of Lloyd Register’s senior staff geoscientists, Will acts as both a senior consultant and project manager on numerous major offshore survey projects in a variety of sectors including: offshore wind, wave energy, oil and gas and submarine cables. In his consultant capacity Will frequently takes responsibility of a project from conception to completion, undertaking the initial desk studies through to survey design / specification, data quality control, interpretation and finally the 3D ground model development.

Offshore Foundation Types & Installation

Peter Clutterbuck

Peter is a Civil Engineer who has specialised in Marine Works. As Construction Director for Seacore, a Cornish marine contractor, he was responsible for developing effective operating methods based on the company expertise in jack-up plant operation and drilling for marine construction projects. These projects included ferry jetties, bridge foundations, outfall risers (sewage and cooling water) and foundations for marine renewable energy projects. These latter projects included some of the very early demonstrations of the use of steel monopiles for wind and tidal works at Boksigen, Blyth, North Hoyle and the MCT turbines at Lynmouth & Strangford Lough. He now operates as a Marine Construction Consultant.

Meygen Case Study

Jeremy Thake, SIMEC Atlantis Energy

Jeremy serves as Head of Engineering at SIMEC Atlantis Energy. He has extensive experience of engineering management, new product design, prototype development and project management. He has been working in tidal energy since 1998, and has played a major role in the development of four different tidal turbines for IT Power, Marine Current Turbines and Tidal Generation Limited, before joining Atlantis.

As one of the first people working in tidal energy, he has been involved with all aspects of this work: marine resource studies, tidal modeling, site surveys, site permissions. He was part of the IEC tidal performance measurement standard committee, and has worked internationally on numerous collaborative projects. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE, with degrees in Engineering Science from Oxford University and in Agricultural Engineering from Cranfield Institute of Technology.

Wave Variability & Wave Power – issues for power output and machine survivability

Paul Taylor, University of Western Australia

Paul worked for Shell on safety related topics for chemical process plant and then offshore structures. He then moved to the University of Oxford where he spent 20 years teaching mathematics, mechanics and the theory of structures in the Department of Engineering Science. His research interests include physics and statistics of waves in the sea, wave-structure interaction and latterly aspects of wave power. This research has continued with a move two years ago to the Oceans Graduate School at the University of Western Australia.

Environmental Impacts and Monitoring of Marine Renewable Energy Devices

Benjamin Williamson, University of the Highlands and Islands

Benjamin is a marine engineer with research interests including robotics, sensor fusion and the environmental effects of marine renewable energy devices. He is Lead Scientist at the Environmental Research Institute, UHI. Since 2011, he has developed novel monitoring platforms for wave and tidal stream energy sites to measure interactions of fish, seabirds and marine mammals with wave and tidal energy devices. He has a keen interest in novel sensor platforms to investigate biophysical interactions in the marine environment, such as using UAVs to investigate behavioural associations of top predators with fine-scale hydrodynamic surface features at tidal stream energy sites.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

This project has received funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council under grant agreement EP/P026109/1