Steering Committee

The Partnership for Research in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) is a network of world-class research institutions based in the west, south, and south west of England who undertake research and development to address challenges facing the marine renewable energy industry at the regional, national and international level.

PRIMaRE Chair - Dr. Paul Harper (The University of Bristol)

PRIMaRE Chair - Dr. Paul Harper (The University of Bristol)

Since completing a PhD on the fatigue of composites in early 2009, Paul has conducted a variety of collaborative projects linked to the design and failure analysis of composite tidal turbine blades. He has strong research interests in wind and marine energy devices more generally, 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. He is currently a co-leader of the Low Carbon Energy Research Theme of the University of Bristol's Cabot Institute, a multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to tackling the challenges of environmental change. Paul is a Programme Director of Bristol's Engineering Design degree and much of his teaching is also focused on renewable energy. This includes running a final year teaching unit on wind and marine energy, taught jointly with industry and open to final year undergraduates from across the Faculty of Engineering.

Contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 117 95 45159

Email: [email protected]
Personal website: www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/people/paul-w-harper/index.html

Prof. Deborah Greaves (The University of Plymouth)

Prof. Deborah Greaves (The University of Plymouth)

Deborah Greaves is Head of the School of Engineering, Professor of Ocean Engineering and Director of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Laboratory at the University of Plymouth, with previous appointments at UCL and the University of Bath. Her research interests include physical and numerical modelling of wave-structure interaction. She has led many national and international research projects concerning offshore renewable energy (ORE) in collaboration with industrial and academic partners and in 2017 was appointed by EPSRC as the new ORE Supergen Leader. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and has secured £9.3 million research income. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the technical committee for EWTEC (European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference).

Contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 1752 586122


Email: [email protected]
Personal website: www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/deborah-greaves

Prof. Lars Johanning (The University of Exeter)

Prof. 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.

Contact details:

Tel:  +44 (0) 1326 253730

Email: [email protected]


Personal website: https://emps.exeter.ac.uk/renewable-energy/staff/lj233

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj (The University of Southampton)

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: [email protected]


Personal website: www.southampton.ac.uk/engineering/about/staff/bahaj.page

Dr. Jun Zang (The University of Bath)

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. 

Contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 384315


Email: [email protected]



Personal website: www.bath.ac.uk/ace/people/zang/

Dr. Philippe Blondel (The University of Bath)

Dr. Philippe Blondel (The University of Bath)

Deputy Director of the Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Dr. Philippe Blondel is an expert in remote sensing, primarily underwater acoustics, and its applications to environmental and engineering issues. In the context of marine renewable energies, he has worked on acoustic imaging of the environment around tidal turbines and wave-energy converters at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC, Orkney, UK), as part of the NERC FLOWBEC-4D project (in close collaboration with the University of Aberdeen and National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool). He has also investigated ambient noise in many environments, including the FaBTest site in Falmouth Bay (UK) (with the University of Exeter) and Arctic glaciers (with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Gdansk and the Polish Academy of Science), as well as Acoustic Emissions from wave-energy converters (NERC-GW4 project AEMORE, with the University of Exeter). Recent research includes monitoring human impacts on ambient noise underwater, with EPSRC, NERC and InnovateUK funding, and the use of machine learning and high-performance computing to analyse very large datasets. Philippe Blondel also works with active sonars, and his latest textbooks are available on Amazon.

Contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 385237


Email: [email protected]
Personal website: www.bath.ac.uk/physics/contacts/academics/philippe_blondel/

Dr Andrea Diambra (The University of Bristol)

Dr Andrea Diambra (The University of Bristol)

Dr Andrea Diambra is a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at University of Bristol. Andrea has a strong research interest on foundation systems for offshore energy renewable devices (wind, wave and tidal). His research activities include both numerical and experimental activities. Andrea has been working in a variety of collaborative research projects to investigate the long term cyclic response of mono and jacket piled wind farms, to model the cyclic performance of anchoring systems for offshore renewable floating devices and to investigate the cyclic interface response between polypropylene pipelines or cables and seabed sediments. Andrea is also regularly involved in offshore industrial consultancy projects.

Before joining the University Bristol, Andrea has been an engineering consultant at MottMacDonald Ltd. Andrea has also competed a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering at University of Bristol in 2010.

Contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 117 331 5600

Email: [email protected]
Personal website: www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/people/andrea-diambra/index.html


Prof. Melanie Austen (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)

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.  

Contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 1752 633100


Email: [email protected]
Personal website: www.pml.ac.uk/People/Heads-of-Science/Dr-Melanie-Austen

Prof. Tim O’Doherty (Cardiff University)

Prof. Tim O’Doherty (Cardiff University)

Completed a Fitter and Turner apprenticeship spent time as a Mechanical Draughtsman at HM Naval Base, Devonport. He graduated with a 1st class hons in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Wales (University College Cardiff) in 1988. His PhD, awarded in 1991, was in the aerodynamics of swirl generated combustion systems. In 1991 he joined the staff at Cardiff University and has over 25 years’ experience in successfully leading research programmes funded from EPSRC, the EU and industry.

His first project as a PI, funded by SERC, modelled complex swirl phenomena. This modelling expertise has been extended into projects on TSTs including EU - HE09 COL 1001, ERDF 80366 and DTI - T/05/0026/00/00. These successful programmes have all had multiple academic and industrial partners. He was the PI of EPSRC project (EP/G060053) in conjunction with TATA. He has recently EPSRC project EP/J010200 investigating the effects of realistic flows on TSTs which includes five university and ten industrial partners. He is, at present, leading an EPSRC grant EP/N020782 investigating the dynamic loading on tidal turbine arrays. This is in conjunction with Strathclyde University and with partners from Canada, S. Korea and the USA. EP/J010200 has quantified performance and loading characteristics of horizontal axis TSTs when subjected to wave-current interaction, support stanchions and profiled flows. He is also the PI on projects from EPSRC, in conjunction with Strathclyde and Southampton Universities and the British Council (Newton Fund), with Mexico, researching the feasibility of extracting energy from low velocity tides.

Contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 875366

Email: [email protected]


Personal website: www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/364440-odoherty-tim

Dr Carlos Perez-Collazo (The University of Plymouth)

Dr Carlos Perez-Collazo (The University of Plymouth)

Carlos Perez-Collazo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the COAST Engineering Research Group at the University of Plymouth. From 2013 he has been a research fellow at the University of Plymouth where he has been directly involved in PRIMaRE (the Partnership for Research In Marine Renewable Energy, www.primare.org) since its launch in 2013 and in European projects like SOWFIA or MARINET. He completed his PhD at the University of Plymouth in 2017 looking into a novel hybrid wind-wave energy converter. In 2012 he completed a five months internship at the Directorate General for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs of the European Commission in Brussels (Belgium). Before that he completed his MSc in Renewable Energy and Energy Sustainability from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2011. From 2007 to 2009 he worked as site engineer manager for the earth-movement contractor in two large civil engineering works in Spain (a water canal and a high speed train line). Before that he completed his MEng in Mining Engineering in 2006 from the University of Vigo (Spain) with an intensification in Energy and Fuels, during his degree he coursed his final year as Erasmus Student at the Silesian University of Technology (Poland).

His research interest focuses on the characterisation and development of novel technology concepts to harness wave and offshore wind energy. During his academic career, he has been directly involved with three major research projects with national and international partners and provided research expertise to further international collaborations involving physical modelling at the laboratory and numerical modelling with CFD. He has been the secretary of the International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy (INORE), a young researchers’ association with more than 500 members; and been asked to review papers for respected journals. CPC’s current research involves the development of a patent for a new hybrid wave and offshore wind energy converter and he has collaborations with researchers in Spain, Portugal, and Denmark.

Contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 1752 586151

Email: [email protected]
Personal website: www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/carlos-perez-collazo

Mr. Stuart Herbert (Wave Hub)

Mr. Stuart Herbert (Wave Hub)

Stuart joined Wave Hub in 2013 to lead negotiations with companies planning to use the test site and identify new business opportunities.

Prior to joining Wave Hub, Stuart worked as commercial and operational manager for the SGS Renewable energy services division and as business development manager for the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in the North East of England, focusing on marine energy device and wind turbine testing.

Contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 1736 800290


Email: [email protected]

Mr. Johnny Gowdy (South West Marine Energy Park)

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.

Contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 1392 494399



Email: [email protected]





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