Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research-intensive universities ( . The 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked the University 5th in the UK for research excellence. (

Tidal Stream Energy Research at Cardiff University

The marine energy research group at Cardiff (CMERG) ( is situated within the Centre for Research in Energy, Waste and the Environment (CREWE) based within the Cardiff School of Engineering and is part of Cardiff’s Energy and Environment theme. CMERG has secured significant project funding fromEPSRC and industry over the last 20 years leading to high levels of publications and industrial engagement. CMERG conducts research in to clean, renewable energy generation from tidal flows and has a variety of active research projects encompassing four main themes:

  • Hydrodynamic modelling – single and array of devices; blade design, turbulence modelling, wake modelling, turbine design for low water velocities.
  • FEA and FSI modelling – blade/stanchion interaction, Dynamic loading and Fatigue
  • Condition monitoring – development of robust condition monitoring techniques
  • Experimental testing – developed, manufactured laboratory scale turbines for individual and array testing, up to 1m diameter instrumented turbines, individual blade loading measurements, drive shaft torque, thrust measurements, generator V&I measurement, stanchion load measurement.

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