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3rd October 2023 @ 16:30 - 17:30
Professor Deborah Greaves OBE, FREng FICE FRINA, Director of the Supergen ORE Hub, University of Plymouth
Offshore renewable energy (ORE) has long been recognised as having huge potential. The UK has the second-highest tidal range in the world and there are estimates that around 50% of Europe’s tidal energy resource and 35% of European wave resource lies in UK waters. The UK’s offshore wind infrastructure, contributed over 10% of the UK’s power in 2020 and the offshore wind capacity target is 50GW by 2030. The Crown Estate recently published plans to support Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) in the Celtic Sea to deliver 4GW by 2035, extending to 20GW by 2045. Professor Deborah Greaves will outline the key areas of research in developing our offshore renewable energy. She will introduce the Supergen ORE Hub highlights and future plans and will also present on a new initiative to support High End Computing in Wave Structure interaction.
Professor Deborah Greaves OBE
Deborah Greaves is a Professor of Ocean Engineering, was Head of the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at the University of Plymouth, and is one of the UK’s leading offshore renewable energy researchers.
In a career spanning more than two decades, she has consistently pioneered the development of new technologies in offshore wind, wave and tidal power. This has included novel types of wave energy converter, analysis methods for offshore renewable energy farms and extreme wave-structure interactions.
In addition to her research, Professor Greaves has led high-profile national and international initiatives designed to ensure such technological advances can be applied in real-world scenarios to help meet the country’s future clean energy demands.
She was selected by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to head its £9million Supergen ORE Hub, has provided expert advice to organisations across industry and society, and is a strong advocate for women in STEM subjects.
Professor Greaves was made an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Marine Renewable Energy, Equalities and Higher Education.
In 2020, she was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and listed by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) among its Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability. She was appointed as a Member of EPSRC Council in 2022.
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