SUPERGEN Phase 1
Lancaster University is a founding member of the Marine Energy Research Consortium which began in October 2003 following the award of £2.6 million under the EPSRC's SUPERGEN Program. The research of the Marine Energy Consortium focuses on the potential for future exploitation of the marine energy resource.
SuperGen Marine Phase 1 (October 2003 - September 2007) brought together research staff from the Universities of Edinburgh, Robert Gordon, Lancaster, Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde. Together they undertook generic research to increase knowledge and understanding of the extraction of energy from the sea while reducing the risk and uncertainty for stakeholders in the development and deployment of technology, and to enable progression of marine technology and energy into true positions in future energy portfolios
Lancaster was substantially involved in SuperGen phase 1. It worked on the following Work packages:WP2 WP3 WP7 WP9
SUPERGEN Phase 2
Phase 2 of the programme includes work on: device arrays and how these will influence local and regional environmental conditions; radical design approaches, which take into account new philosophies of design guidance; ensuring that numerical and physical design support is consistent and robust; the challenges posed by design in mixed tidal and wave environments; system control in complex non linear and evolving environments; the complex challenges posed by fixing, mooring and recovery of marine systems; the economic challenges posed by the variable and intermittent nature of the marine resource; the sparse information available to predict and assess the long term reliability of marine energy systems and how an increased understanding of all of these issues can be best disseminated within the stakeholder community.
Lancaster currently works on the following workstreams : WS2 WS3 WS7
Coordinated Action on Ocean energy, CA-OE is part of the European Commission's sixth frame work programe on sustainable energy systems. The primary aim of the programe is to disseminate knowledge and promote the technologies within the European Union on the subject of capturing energy from the ocean. Dedicated interactive workshops involving all consortium members provide a valuable forum to discuss recent work amongst peers. LUREG is a full partner in the consortium under Work Package 4: Performance Modeling of Ocean Energy Systems, but has also contributed to work in other work packages.
The Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust's mission is to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy now and develop commercial low carbon technologies for the future.
The Joule Centre
The Joule Centre for energy Research & Development is a partnership of North West Universities, commercial organisations and other stakeholders associated with the energy industry.
The Energy Network is designed to promote and inform the efficient use of energy in water and wastewater treatment, and identify opportunities for power generation within the water industry. It is a collaboration of academic institutions, the UK water industry, government departments and organisations involved in promoting improved energy management within industry
Institute of energy systems, The University of Edinburgh
Collaboration as part of the SUPERGEN Marine 2 project.