Supervisor: Nicholas Townsend (Maritime Engineering)
Offshore ocean farms have huge potential however, all previous attempts at offshore ocean farming have been unsuccessful. A major challenge and vision is the ability to capture ambient energy and realise self-sufficient remote operation.
This is a major challenge because the recoverable power is highly dependent on the farm configuration and conditions (array layout, separation, number, wave direction) and the time varying hydrodynamic properties (with significant changes in wetted surface, porosity, permeability, mass, volume etc. over a growth cycle).
References: Austin, Alexandria, et al. "Novel concepts for offshore ocean farming." (2019).