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Selection of wave energy device to power remote locations – A Systems Modelling Approach

School of Engineering

About the Project

Harnessing the energy of surface waves can form an integral part of sustainable energy solution for the future. Various devices have been proposed and tested in the past to convert the energy of ocean surface waves into electrical energy. An appropriately selected wave energy device will be able to provide continuous source of electrical power especially in remote areas where the connection to grid is not possible (for instance remote locations containing offshore infrastructure, especially during the decommissioning phase; and remote islands).

Wave Energy Converters (WEC) are systems primary consisting of electro-mechanical units that convert the energy due to wave motion into a form of electrical energy. Traditionally, the WECs are one of the following three types: heave and or pitch type, cavity resonator type and pressure type (1). Although there is a wide range of experimental and commercial WEC of various shapes and sizes, the fundamental components for in most of these types remain the same.

The aim of the project is to develop a robust systems model for a wave energy system, comprising of subsystems related wave structure interaction, power transmission and conversion and connection to the grid. The aim will be achieved through the development of individual subsystems with built in optimisation algorithms to deliver maximum possible power for a given sea state.

The development of this model has wider applications, specifically in providing electrical power to remote communities without connection to regional/national electrical grid. Fuel poverty is a significant concern in these communities due to (a) lack of natural resources in close vicinity and (b) the costs associated with transportation of fuel from other geographical locations. Optimised WEC can provide sustainable power and has ability to eliminate the dependence on importation of fuel as well as reduction of carbon emissions from reduced transportation.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Applied Mathematics/Physics or Civil/Mechanical/Electrical or closely related engineering discipline.

Essential background: Ability to understand mathematical concepts, ability or willingness to programme in Python/C++, Familiarity with MATLAB and COMSOL would be an added advantage.

Knowledge of: Programming language, theory and practice of fluid mechanics and structural dynamics.


• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr A Syed (), with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ()

It is possible to undertake this project entirely by distance learning. Interested parties should discuss this with Dr Syed.

Funding Notes

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Energy Transition. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for Tuition fees, living expenses and maintenance. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting View Website. THERE IS NO FUNDING ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT

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