Launch of new Renewable Energy Marine Structures Centre for Doctoral Training

The new Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) has been officially opened at Cranfield University by Maria McCaffery, CEO of RenewableUK. This is a collaboration between the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and Cranfield University.

The Centre, funded by a partnership between the EPSRC and companies from the energy and power industries, will train 50 graduate students, including a cohort of Engineering Doctorate students, who will study for four years each, over the next eight years. 

Pictured from left to right at the official opening of the Centre are: Professor Feargal Brennan (CDT Director, Cranfield University), Professor Byron Byrne (CDT Director, Oxford University), Maria McCaffery (RenewableUK), and Professor Sir Peter Gregson (Vice Chancellor, Cranfield University).
Maria McCaffery, CEO of RenewableUK, said: “The Centre is opening its doors at just the right time, as the UK’s world-leading offshore wind sector is expanding rapidly, with installed capacity expected to double by 2020 to meet our renewable energy targets, and a further trebling needed between 2020 and 2030. Meanwhile, the wave and tidal sector is about to see a step change as we move closer towards the deployment of the first commercial-scale arrays in British waters, marking the dawn of new industries. These are exciting times to be working in the field of offshore renewables, but we are well aware that if we’re to maintain our global lead, we will need to attract more first-class engineers into the sector in the years ahead. That’s why I’m immensely proud to have been invited to open this centre of excellence”.

Professor Byron Byrne, Professor of Engineering Science and REMS CDT Oxford Director said: “We are extremely excited to be working with Cranfield University, and our industrial partners, to drive forward this new venture, delivering the next generation of technical leaders. The first cohort is already creating an impact, bringing focus and enthusiasm to their study of challenges faced by the renewable energy industry. Research by the Centre will be carried out collaboratively with industry, addressing real world design problems, to reduce the cost of energy from wind, wave and tidal”.

Professor Philip Nelson, CEO of EPSRC, said: “Investing in tomorrow’s scientists and engineers is vital if the UK is to have the right skills we need to address the energy challenges we face. This EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training will be working closely with the energy and power industries. This means that researchers can be well informed by industry needs and likewise industry is plugged in to cutting edge research”.

EPSRC-funded centres bring together diverse areas of expertise from both academia and industry to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues, and future challenges. They also provide a supportive and exciting environment for research students and create new working cultures, building relationships between teams in universities and forging lasting links with industry.

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