Strathclyde Uni Secures Funds for Offshore Wind Research

The University of Strathclyde has secured a share of GBP 1 million funding from the Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub for two projects focused on offshore wind research.


The first project that received a share from the first round of the hub’s Flexible Fund includes developing a cost-effective and commercially viable recycling process for offshore wind turbine blades.

The second project is focused on developing a novel approach for the physical model testing of floating wind turbine platforms.

Additionally, the University of Strathclyde is involved in a project on advanced satellite observations to improve the performance of offshore renewable installations, as well as in research for autonomously inspecting offshore wind farms.

“Strathclyde is involved in four of the ten projects funded in this competition which is a real demonstration of the research intensity concerned with Offshore Renewable Energy at the University,” said Feargal Brennan, Head of the Offshore Engineering Institute at Strathclyde.

“The new Strathclyde projects significantly strengthen the Supergen ORE activity through their multidisciplinary nature and innovative thinking.”

The Supergen ORE Hub was established in July last year with GBP 5 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and was awarded a further GBP 4 million this June.

The hub gathers a national consortium led by the University of Plymouth to bring together a network of academic, industrial and policy stakeholders to champion and maintain the UK’s expertise in offshore renewable energy.