THAWT_homepageThe Tidal Energy Research Group is based within the Civil Engineering group in the Department of Engineering Science and is part of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics section. conducts research in to clean, renewable energy generation from tidal flows. The group has a variety of active research projects spanning three main topics:

  • assessment of the effects of energy extraction from tidal basins,
  • investigation of tidal turbine hydrodynamics and next generation turbine design,
  • development of a specific device - the Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine (THAWT).

The group is multi-disciplinary and includes civil, mechanical and electrical engineers. Further information on the group's research can be found under the research section.

The tidal and wave energy groups have just secured a significant role in a major new multi-partner project funded by the Energy Technologies Institute to examine Performance Assessment of Wave and Tidal Array Systems (PerAWaT). The aim of the PerAWaT project is to accelerate the commercial deployment of wave and tidal energy convertors by developing numerical tools capable of accurately estimating the energy yield of farms of wave and tidal energy convertors.

The group has also secured a major award from The Oxford Martin School to fund the Programme on Globalising Tidal Power Generation. The objective of the Programme is to examine the potential for higher efficiency tidal energy extraction through improved device design and optimized turbine farm layout.

Please see the opportunities page for details of current vacancies within the group.


Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop, 29-30 March 2012

2nd Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop (OTE 2013), 18-19 March 2013

3rd Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop (OTE 2014), 7-8 April 2014

4th Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop (OTE 2015), 23-24 March 2015

5th Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop (OTE 2016), 21-22 March 2016

6th Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop (OTE 2018), 26-27 March 2018


The group has research collaborations with other groups within the Engineering Science department working in the energy area


The group is grateful for the support of the following organisations:

RAEng  RCUK EPSRC  Oxford Martin SchoolETI