3rd PRIMaRE Summer School

Experimental Testing to Quantify the Performance of Tidal Turbines

13-17 September 2021

The University of Southampton’s Energy and Climate Change Division is pleased to be hosting this year’s PRIMaRE Summer School, organized jointly with Cardiff University’s Marine Energy Research Group. This Summer School is the third in a series of high level Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes run by PRIMaRE partners and will follow hot on the heels of the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in Plymouth.

Key Points:

  • Attendance at the Summer School is free but places are limited and allocated competitively.
  • The application form for the event can be found at https://energy.soton.ac.uk/primare-summer-school-2021/ (see below for further details).
  • The Summer School will be residential and delivered in-person based at Boldrewood Innovation Campus at the University of Southampton.
  • More details of accommodation and social programme will be delivered once demand for places is gauged.
  • The Summer School is led by Prof AbuBakr Bahaj (University of Southampton) and Prof Tim O’Doherty (Cardiff University).

Scope of the Event

Scope of the Event

This year, the focus will be on experimental testing and design of marine current turbines and will provide participants with hands-on experience in small groups of:

  • Planning flume experiments.
  • Operating a circulating flume and varying flow parameters.
  • Setting up and using an Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter.
  • Obtaining flow profiles.
  • Ensuring and improving measurement quality.
  • Analysis of flow spectra and turbulence statistics

In addition, there will be relevant presentations from expert invited speakers on topics including:

  • Past, present and future of tidal power.
  • Economics and policy support mechanisms for marine renewables.
  • Research Council perspectives on marine renewables in the context of Net Zero.
  • Ecological, meteorological and oceanographic context of tidal power.
  • Getting a full-scale turbine into the sea.
  • Lab scale testing of scale turbines, hydrofoils and rotor disk simulators.

How to Apply for a Place at the Summer School

The event is aimed at any PhD student, Early Career Researcher or Industry Practitioner who is planning to carry out experimental laboratory-scale testing of devices or subsystems relating to marine current energy devices

If you would like to apply for a place on the PRIMaRE Summer School 2021, please fill in the application form at https://energy.soton.ac.uk/primare-summer-school-2021/ by Friday 13 August at 12:00 BST. Applications will be anonymized (name and contact details removed) and the responses assessed blind by a panel drawn from the PRIMaRE Committee. The responses will be ranked based on the technical understanding demonstrated and the likely impact of the Summer School activities on the applicants’ future work. Applicants will be notified by e-mail of success or otherwise by Friday 20 August. Note that the organizers may cancel the event at short notice if required to do so by changes in COVID guidance from the University of Southampton.

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