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Sink or swim? How upfront research makes a big difference to the levelized cost of offshore wind projects

Posted: 17-Jan-2020

As the offshore wind revolution gears up for its next phase, the sector faces a raft of technical and environmental challenges associated with building in the sea. Michael Case, a renewables specialist at HR Wallingford, examines some key areas for consideration and explains how the right research upfront can reduce the levelized cost of energy.

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The future of Climate Change Risk Assessments

Posted: 20-Dec-2019

It’s now ten years since we prepared the first ever UK-wide Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) for the Government to meet the requirements of the Climate Change Act 2008. Since then we have taken part in two more CCRAs for the Government’s Climate Change Committee and have gone on to help organisations in the private and public sectors to understand and manage the risks of climate change.

But the future of the CCRA is changing fast, so we spoke to our resident experts Helen Udale-Clarke and Eleanor Hall to find out about what may be on the horizon.

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Innovative tsunami generator forces building guidance rethink

Posted: 03-Dec-2019

Understanding of the forces exerted by tsunami waves on sea walls and coastal buildings has leapt forward through research that we conducted with University College London (UCL) using a third generation tsunami simulator.   

HR Wallingford’s tsunami simulator - in a 70m long and 4m wide channel - is the largest device in Europe. Pictured with Ian Chandler and Esther Gomes from the Urban Waves project team. Continue reading ›

Bayonet GPE overtopping – a modelling tool at the cutting-edge of coastal engineering

Posted: 10-Jul-2019


Bayonet GPE – the free online overtopping tool developed at HR Wallingford – is now live for coastal engineers at www.overtopping.co.uk. The tool builds on more than three decades of computer modelling in the field, and employs sophisticated statistical modelling to predict overtopping with a wider range of information than ever before. Continue reading ›

Rigorous lab testing for Dawlish sea wall design

Posted: 01-Apr-2019

During the severe winter storm of February 2014, a section of the sea wall at Dawlish collapsed, destroying part of the main railway line to Devon and Cornwall. Government funding has been announced to upgrade the sea wall to provide better protection for the railway and residents. Arup, who are designing the new sea wall, have commissioned HR Wallingford to conduct physical modelling tests in the laboratory to verify the performance of the proposed design. Continue reading ›

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