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Dr George Aggidis

Dr George Aggidis

Senior Lecturer

Engineering Building
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YR

+44 (0)1524 593052

Research Interests

Dr George A. Aggidis BEng(Hons), MSc, PhD, CEng, CMarEng, Eur Ing FIMarEST, FEI, FIMechE, FIET, is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at Lancaster University, UK, and Director of Lancaster University Renewable Energy Group & Fluid Machinery Group.

His previous career included 25 years industrial and academic experience, of which 9 years were abroad. He started his engineering career with Mather & Platt Ltd, Manchester, UK, followed by appointments both in the UK and abroad. His final position in industry was Director and Engineering Development Manager for the Fluid Machinery, and Hydropower UK company, Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd. He has research, design, development and patent contributions in the field of fluid machinery, and renewable energy, developed turbines for hydro power generation projects and has physical research prototypes of fluid machinery operating successfully worldwide, and a number of patents for power generation fluid machinery.

Leads the water renewables research activities of the Engineering department at Lancaster University (generic and applied research on wave energy, tidal power and hydro power). His main research interests lie in the areas of Renewable Energy, Fluid Machinery and Energy Policy. Specifically in the fields of Wave Energy, Tidal Power, Hydro Power, Hydraulic design, Centrifugal pumps, Water Turbines, Energy Efficiency, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Materials for Fluid Machinery and Energy Policy.

Co-founder and Board member of the Joule Centre for Energy Research and Development, Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy (Lancaster Environment Centre), Board member of the Steering Committee for Energy Lancaster and Founding Chair of the North West Tidal Energy Group (NWTEG). Referee for the Research Councils, Professional Institutions (IMechE, IET, ICE, CIWEM), Carbon Trust, Hong Kong Government, Canadian Government and EU.

He is a lead partner on the EPSRC Supergen Marine research consortia (1 & 2), and principal investigator on the Joule Centre for Energy Hydro Resource Model Project and the WRASPA Wave Energy Convertor Research Awards. Other projects that he has been involved with include the European Commission FP6 award for the Co-ordinated Action on Ocean Energy and the Carbon Trust Marine Energy Challenge for PS Frog.

He is Fellow of the Institution of Marine Engineering Science and Technology, Fellow of the Energy Institute, Fellow of the Institute Of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Board member of its FMG, and a Board of Governors member of the Joule Centre for Energy. He is Governor of the Queen Katherine School, Kendal and Director of Windermere Road Kendal Residents Association Ltd. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Marine Engineer, a Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Registered with the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI) as a European Engineer (Eur Ing), Registered Mechanical Engineer (REng), Athens, Greece, Full Member of the Greek Technical Chambers TEE, Member of the British Hydropower Association (BHA), and Founding Member of the European Union Ocean Energy Association (EUOEA).

George Aggidis's Publications

2013

Operational optimisation of a tidal barrage across the Mersey estuary using 0-D modelling

Aggidis, G. & Benzon, D. 1/07/2013 In : Ocean Engineering. 66, p. 69-81 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Tidal range turbines and generation on the Solway Firth

Aggidis, G. & Feather, O. 07/2012 In : Renewable Energy. 43 , p. 9-17 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

State dependent feed-forward control of a wave energy converter model.

Cross, P., Taylor, J. & Aggidis, G. 2011 9th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsConference contribution

2010

Optimizing the shape of a surge-and-pitch wave energy collector using a genetic algorithm

McCabe, A. P., Aggidis, G. A. & Widden, M. B. 12/2010 In : Renewable Energy. 35, 12, p. 2767-2775 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The costs of small-scale hydro power production: Impact on the development of existing potential.

Aggidis, G. A., Luchinskaya, E., Rothschild, R. & Howard, D. C. 12/2010 In : Renewable Energy. 35, 12, p. 2632-2638 7 p.35

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Continuous-time feed-forward proportional-integral-plus control.

Cross, P., Taylor, C. J. & Aggidis, G. A. 09/2010 UKACC International Conference Control 2010. Burnham, K. J. & Ersanilli, V. E. (eds.). p. 229-234 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsConference contribution

2009

Technological progress improves plans to maximise hydro potential.

Aggidis, G. A., Luchinskaya, E. & Howard, D. C. 10/2009

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Numerical & Experimental Flow Analysis of a Wave Energy Converter.

Bhinder, M. A., Rahmati, M. T., Aggidis, G. A., Mingham, C. G., Chaplin, R. V. & Causon, D. M. 09/2009

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

A control system for a new wave energy converter in irregular wave climates.

Aggidis, G. A., Rahmati, M. T., Chaplin, R. V., McCabe, A. P., Mingham, C. G., Causon, D. M. & Bhinder, M. A. 06/2009

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Control systems for WRASPA.

Chaplin, R., Rahmati, R., Gunura, K., Ma, X. & Aggidis, G. A. 06/2009 93 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Numerical and Experimental Study of a Point Absorbing Wave Energy Converter in Regular and Irregular Waves.

Bhinder, M. A., Rahmati, M. T., Aggidis, G. A., Chaplin, R. V., Mingham, C. G. & Causon, D. M. 06/2009

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

A Joint Numerical and Experimental Study of a Surging Point Absorbing Wave Energy Converter.

Bhinder, M. A., Rahmati, M. T., Aggidis, G. A., Chaplin, R. V., Mingham, C. G. & Causon, D. M. 2009

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Linear and nonlinear control of a power take-off simulation for wave energy conversion.

Taylor, C. J., Stables, M. A., Cross, P., Gunn, K. & Aggidis, G. A. 2009 8th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsConference contribution

Optimum mean power output of a point-absorber wave energy converter in irregular waves.

McCabe, A. P. & Aggidis, G. A. 2009 In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy. 223, Number, p. 773-781 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Optimum power capture of a new wave energy converter in irregular waves

Aggidis, G. A., Rahmati, M. T., Chaplin, R. V., McCabe, A. P., Bhinder, M. A., Mingham, C. G. & Causon, D. M. 2009 Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering--2009 : presented at [the] 28th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering : May 31-June 5, 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. New York: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Vol. 4 A & B, p. 885-890 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsConference contribution

2008

The costs of small-scale hydro power production: Impact on the development of existing potential.

Aggidis, G. A., Luchinskaya, E., Rothschild, R. & Howard, D. C. 11/2008

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

An analysis of the costs of small-scale hydro power for progressing world hydro development.

Aggidis, G. A., Luchinskaya, E., Rothschild, R. & Howard, D. C. 10/2008

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Growth Determinants of the Small Hydropower Sector.

Pates, W., Aggidis, G. A. & Panagopoulos, A. 09/2008

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Novel Hydro-power performance envelopes.

Aggidis, G. A., Luchinskaya, E., O'Donnell, H. & Saha, S. 09/2008

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Tidal Energy and the North West of England.

Aggidis, G. A., Luchinskaya, E. & Howard, D. C. 09/2008

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Investigating a Power-Absorber Wave Energy Converter.

Rahmati, M. T., Aggidis, G. A. & Chaplin, R. V. 07/2008

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Some Aspects of Tuning Wave Energy Converters in Irregular Waves.

McCabe, A. P., Aggidis, G. A. & Widden, M. 07/2008

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Test on a Novel Pitching-Surge Wave Energy Converter.

Rahmati, M. T., Aggidis, G. A., Chaplin, R. V. & McCabe, A. P. 07/2008

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

A RANS Code for Low-Speed Axial Turbo machinery flow analysis.

Rahmati, M. T. & Aggidis, G. A. 06/2008

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

An inverse approach for airfoil design.

Rahmati, M. T., Aggidis, G. A. & Zangeneh, M. 05/2008 In : Advances in Fluid Mechanics. 59, p. 35-44 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

An inverse approach for blade shape design.

Rahmati, M. T. & Aggidis, G. A. 05/2008

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Small Hydro Power - The Opportunities. (Invited Keynote Paper)

Aggidis, G. A. 04/2008

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Developments, expectations of wave energy converters and mooring anchors in the UK.

Huang, M. & Aggidis, G. A. 02/2008 In : Journal of Ocean University of China. 7, 1, p. 10-16 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A comparative approach to the economic modelling of a large-scale wave power scheme

Stallard, T., Rothschild, R. & Aggidis, G. 2008 In : European Journal of Operational Research. 185, 2, p. 884-898 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Analysis of a pitching-and-surging wave-energy converter that reacts against an internal mass, when operating in regular sinusoidal waves.

Widden, M. B., French, M. J. & Aggidis, G. A. 2008 In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment. 222, Number, p. 153-161 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Ocean energy: the wave of the future

Aggidis, G. A. 2008 Engineering a Safer Global Climate: The Power Sector's Response, 2008 IET Seminar on. IET Press, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsPaper

2007

Investigation of barriers against the development of hydro power schemes in Northwest England.

Leigh, P. A., Aggidis, G. A. & Howard, D. C. 10/2007

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Low-head low-cost hydro power by conversion to air pressure.

Baker, N. J., Aggidis, G. A. & Widden, M. B. 10/2007

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Morecambe Bay: Innovation for Clean Energy Generation.

Aggidis, G. A. & Broatch, H. 10/2007

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

The New Hydro – Ocean Energy.

Aggidis, G. A. & Huang, M. 10/2007

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Tidal power from the Solway Firth; barriers, impacts and capacity.

Howard, D. C., Aggidis, G. A., Smith, V., Robinson, D., Buttle, P. & Catterson, N. 10/2007

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

WRASPA: Wave Interactions and Control for Pitching-Surge Point-Absorber Wave Energy Converters.

Chaplin, R. V. & Aggidis, G. A. 09/2007 0 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Renewable energy support, activities and developments in the UK.

Aggidis, G. A. 07/2007 In : Electrical Engineering Research Report.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

An Investigation into Power from Pitch-Surge Point-Absorber Wave Energy Converters.

Chaplin, R. V. & Aggidis, G. A. 05/2007 International Conference on Clean Electrical Power, 2007. ICCEP '07.. IEEE, p. 520-525 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Renewable Energy Resources Impact on Clean Electrical Power by developing the North-West England Hydro Resource Model.

Leigh, P., Aggidis, G. A., Howard, D. & Rothschild, R. 05/2007 International Conference on Clean Electrical Power, 2007. ICCEP '07. IEEE, p. 315-322 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Review and state of the art of wave energy and wave energy converters, IMechE, Fluid Machinery for Developing Engineers, Cranfield, (Invited Paper).

Thomas, A., Aggidis, G. A. & Institution of Mechanical Engineers, G. B. (ed.) 2007 In : IMechE Conference Transactions. v. 1

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Time series analysis-based adaptive tuning techniques for a heaving wave energy converter in irregular seas.

Yavuz, H., Stallard, T. J., McCabe, A. P. & Aggidis, G. A. 2007 In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy. 221, 1, p. 77-90 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

A time-varying parameter model of a body oscillating in pitch.

McCabe, A. P., Aggidis, G. A. & Stallard, T. J. 12/2006 In : Applied Ocean Research. 28, 6, p. 359-370 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Energy source or sink? : The role of Uplands in meeting our energy targets.

Aggidis, G. A., Howard, D. C., Wright, S. M. & Scott, R. 09/2006 In : The International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management. 2, 3, p. 196-199 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Resourceful solutions for hydro in the UK.

Aggidis, G. 17/08/2006 In : International Water Power and Dam Construction. 58, 9, p. 24-26 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Calculation of the performance of resonant wave energy converters in real seas.

Aggidis, G. A., McCabe, A., Widden, M. & Yavuz, H. 1/03/2006 In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment. 220, 3, p. 117-128 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Developments in the design of the PS Frog MK5 Wave Energy Converter.

Aggidis, G. A., Bradshaw, A., McCabe, A. & Meadowcroft, J. 1/01/2006 In : Renewable Energy. 31, 2, p. 141-151 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A hydro power resource model for North West England.

Aggidis, G. A., Howard, D. C. & Wright, S. M. 2006 In water and the landscape : the landscape of ecology of freshwater ecosystems : Proceedings of the 14th annual IALE(UK) conference. Davies, B. & Thompson, S. (eds.). p. 41-46 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Absorption of energy from irregular waves by a buoyant, surging body.

Meadowcroft, J. A., Stallard, T. J., Baker, N. J. & Aggidis, G. A. 2006 Proceedings of the 16th international offshore and polar engineering conference (ISOPE)..

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Comparable performance characteristics from different test sites.

McCabe, A. P., Aggidis, G. A. & Stallard, T. J. 2006 Proceedings of the 4th EC co-ordination action on ocean energy workshop - performance monitoring of ocean energy systems (INETI)..

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Energy source or sink? : The role of the Uplands in meeting our energy targets.

Aggidis, G. A., Howard, D. C., Wright, S. M. & Scott, R. 2006 Proceedings of the international Uplands centre conference on sustainable Uplands..

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Fluid machinery and energy research on ocean energy and hydropower.

Aggidis, G. 2006

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Functional decomposition analysis of a WEC control system.

McCabe, A. P., Yavuz, H., Stallard, T. J., Bradshaw, A. & Aggidis, G. 2006 Proceedings of the SUPERGEN marine energy research consortium : work package 9 : wave power control..

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Maximising the benefits of hydropower by developing the North-West England hydro resource model.

Aggidis, G., Howard, D. C., Rothschild, R. & Widden, M. 2006 In : Proceedings of the International Hydro Power & Dams Construction Journal. 7, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

NW hydro resource model.

Aggidis, G. 2006

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Power optimisation for a 1-DOF surging WEC in regular seas with dynamically changing wave frequency.

McCabe, A. P., Yavuz, H., Bradshaw, A., Taylor, C. J. & Aggidis, G. A. 2006 Proceedings of the SUPERGEN marine energy research consortium : work package 9 : wave power control..

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsConference contribution

Power optimisation for a heaving 1-DOF surging WEC in regular seas with dynamically changing wave frequency.

McCabe, A. P., Yavuz, H., Bradshaw, A., Stallard, T. J. & Aggidis, G. 2006 Proceedings of the SUPERGEN marine energy research consortium : work package 9 : wave power control..

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Power optimisation study for a 2 DOF pitching and surging wave energy converter in regular seas.

McCabe, A. P., Yavuz, H., Stallard, T. J. & Aggidis, G. 2006 Proceedings of the SUPERGEN marine energy research consortium : work package 9 : wave power control..

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Preliminary investigation of multi-element profiles for a high-life variable pitch vertical-axis tidal stream device.

Quayle, S. D. & Aggidis, G. A. 2006 In : IMechE Conference Transactions. v. 10

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Renewable energy research : ocean energy and hydropower.

Aggidis, G. 2006

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Research on wave energy converters and mooring systems in the United Kingdom.

Aggidis, G. A. & Huang, M. 2006 In : Water Resources and Power Journal (in Chinese). 24, 4, p. 37-40 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Fluid Machinery for Wave and Tidal Energy – State of the Art and New Developments.

Aggidis, G. A. & IMechE Event Publications, . (ed.) 10/2005 London: Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The Pump of the Future.

Aggidis, G. A. 09/2005 In : Water & Sewerage Journal. 3, p. 17-20 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Economic low head hydro power by conversion to air pressure.

Widden, M. B., French, M. J. & Aggidis, G. A. 05/2005 Proceedings of the world renewable energy congress.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

PS frog MK5 WEC developments and design progress.

Aggidis, G. A., Bradshaw, A., French, M. J., McCabe, A. P., Meadowcroft, J. A. C. & Widden, M. B. 05/2005 Proceedings of the world renewable energy congress. University of Aberdeen, M. (ed.). p. 1199-1204 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

A comparative study of wave energy technologies, public workshop: ‘making waves: the economic and social impacts of marine renewables.

Aggidis, G. A., Bradshaw, A., French, M. J., McCabe, A. P., Meadowcroft, J. A. C. & Widden, M. B. 2005 Proceedings of the EPSRC SuperGen marine energy research consortium.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Analysis of PS frog pitching and surging wave-energy converter operating in regular sinusoidal waves.

Widden, M. B., French, M. J. & Aggidis, G. A. 2005 In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Low Head Hydropower Developments.

Cattley, R., Widden, M. B. & Aggidis, G. A. 2005 In : Proceedings of the world renewable energy congress.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The power capture of PS frog pitching and surging point absorber wave energy converter.

Widden, M. B., French, M. J. & Aggidis, G. A. 2005 Proceedings of the international symposium on fluid machinery for wave and tidal energy: state of the art and new developments.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2004

Economic energy from low head water by conversion to air pressure.

Widden, M. B., French, M. J. & Aggidis, G. A. 12/2004 In : IMechE Conference Transactions. v. 6, p. 41-49 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Improvements in or relating to turbines and in particular Pelton wheel turbines.

Aggidis, G. A. & Aggidis, George A. (Patent applicant) 28/08/2004

Research output: Patent

Advanced materials for fluid machinery.

Aggidis, G. A. 2004 Proceedings of the international symposium on advanced materials for fluid machinery.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Centrifugal pumps – state of the art and new opportunities.

Aggidis, G. A. 2004 Proceedings of the international symposium on centrifugal pump developments.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Hydropower developments – new projects and rehabilitation.

Aggidis, G. A. 2004 Proceedings of the international symposium on hydro power developments.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Hydropower developments : new projects, rehabilitation, and power recovery / organized by the Fluid Machinery Group of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Aggidis, G. A. 2004 London: Professional Engineering Publishing. 141 p. (IMechE event publications)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Second international symposium centrifugal pumps : the state of the art and new developments / organized by the Fluid Machinery Group of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Aggidis, G. A. 2004 London: Professional Engineering Publishing. 187 p. (IMechE event publications)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Second International Symposium on Advanced Materials for Fluid Machinery / organised by the Fluid Machinery Group of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Aggidis, G. A. 2004 London: Published by Professional Engineering Publishing. 145 p. (IMechE conference transactions)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The facts and fiction of renewable energy.

Aggidis, G. A. 2004 Proceedings of the UK energy policy conference: will the lights go out?.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2003

2002

Current Situation & Perspectives of the British & European Hydro Turbine Industry & Technology for Small Hydro Power Generation.(Invited Keynote Paper)

Aggidis, G. A. 2002 In : IMechE Conference Transactions. v. 200, 11

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

Hydropower developments : new projects and rehabilitation / organized by the Fluid Machinery Committee of the Power Industries Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Aggidis, G. A. 30/11/2000 London: Professional Engineering Pub. for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 99 p. (IMechE seminar publication)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Current Students

Research students currently supervised by George Aggidis include: