6th PRIMaRE Conference

6th PRIMaRE Conference

Over 110 delegates attended the 6th PRIMaRE Conference held at Cardiff University, Cardiff on the 3rd and 4th July 2019. Based on peer-reviewed abstracts, 25 presentations and 20 posters were presented by participants from 13 institutions over 5 plenary sessions. Furthermore, there were seven presentations from invited speakers (listed below) and a panel debate featuring a range of leading figures from the marine renewables sector. The conference also attracted international participation from the University of Western Australia, and Uppsala University (Sweden).

The event provided an excellent forum to foster collaboration between industry and academia, which is essential to ensure that the marine energy sector can achieve its full commercial potential, maximising job creation and export opportunities, whilst allowing the UK to remain a global leader in the associated engineering and policy expertise.


Invited Speakers

Fraser Johnson (Meygen/Simec Atlantis)

Fraser Johnson (Meygen/Simec Atlantis)

Fraser Johnson was a Chief Officer with the UK Merchant Navy. After receiving his Masters from the University of Plymouth, he began his involvement with Ocean Energy working for a number of wave energy technologies. He is currently the O&M Manager for the 6MW array and has responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the offshore and onshore assets.


Cam Algie (Bombora Wave Power)

Cam Algie (Bombora Wave Power)

Cam Algie is the Chief Technology Officer at Bombora Wave Power where he oversees the research and development of mWaveTM technology. He is responsible for converter design coordination, modelling and analysis, he works closely with a range of wave energy experts globally to lead Bombora’s device performance development. He has significant project experience previously working as a successful entrepreneur in the West Australian minerals industry. Prior to this, his work within the maritime industry provided him with valuable practical experience of marine mechanical systems in ocean environments. He is currently utilizing the latest in modelling technology to adapt mWave to a broad range of real-world environments, and to support detailed engineering of mWave for specific project sites.


Daniel Coles (Simec Atlantis)

Daniel Coles (Simec Atlantis)

Daniel Coles is the Resource Analyst at SIMEC Atlantis Energy. Since joining in July 2017, he has taken the lead role in the power curve testing of the MeyGen Phase 1A turbines, resource assessment, array and cost of energy optimisation, energy storage modelling and environmental impact assessment. He has disseminated his work in multiple leading international conference/journal proceedings, and contributes to the relevant International Electrotechnical Commission standards for tidal stream energy. He holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester and a PhD in tidal turbine array modelling from the University of Southampton, where he is an adjunct fellow. Before joining SIMEC Atlantis Energy, he held a postdoctoral research associate post at Imperial College London. He is the recent recipient of the Analyst Award at the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2019, presented by Scottish Renewables.


Paul Taylor (Intertek)

Paul Taylor (Intertek)

Paul Taylor is a Principal Consultant at Intertek. He is Intertek’s modelling/technical manager, with 20 years’ experience in marine, coastal and estuarine environmental consultancy. After gaining his MSc in Physical Oceanography, he initially worked on offshore geophysical surveys, and then as a marine environmental modelling consultant. He has worked in the water industry since joining Metoc plc (now Intertek Energy and Water) in 2003, undertaking a varied range of hydrodynamic and water quality modelling assessments for water companies throughout the UK. These include reservoir studies, riverine, and estuarine Water Framework Directive assessments, and bathing and shellfish water compliance projects.


Tom O'Mahoney (Deltares)

Tom O'Mahoney (Deltares)

Tom O’Mahoney is Senior Advisor at Deltares in the Unit Hydraulic Engineering. He has a degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Fluids Engineering with a specialization in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). In his current role he has works on projects related to the hydrodynamics around hydraulic structures like sluices, locks and weirs, mostly involving validation of CFD models against lab or field data In particular he has been involved in projects for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and Tidal Turbines in the Eastern Scheldt Barrier in the Netherlands.


Rob Spice (ITPEnergised)

Rob Spice (ITPEnergised)

Rob Spice is a Mechanical Engineer contributing to both the offshore and onshore renewable energy groups at ITPEnergised. He graduated with a 1st class Honours degree in Motorsport Engineering (BEng) from Oxford Brookes University and was awarded a distinction by the University of Exeter for a Masters in Renewable Energy Engineering (MSc). His work is primarily focused on two areas, namely, the design and analysis of mechanical and structural components and systems for use in the renewable energy sector, and technical due diligence and asset management of onshore renewables.


Martin Murphy (Marine Energy Wales)

Martin Murphy (Marine Energy Wales)

Martin Murphy is the Chair of Marine Energy Wales. He has spent his career in the marine sector, in the Royal Navy for 12 years followed by 15 years in corporate industry, firstly for Alstom Power Conversion, and then L-3 Communications Ltd. In 2009, he joined Tidal Energy Limited leading the company to the installation in 2015 of its full-scale DeltaStream device in Pembrokeshire. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum for 5 years and chairs Marine Energy Wales. In 2015 -16 he was the 113th President of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST) and is now the Institute’s Honorary Treasurer.


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