We’ve just won an Innovate UK award to work on a deep water floating windfarm which can be assembled on shore and then towed out to the site. We’ll be doing the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling to determine the hydrodynamic forces on the structure, which we will validate using physical modelling (tank tests). The tools we develop will then be used to help design the foundations of the turbines going forward.
In terms of renewables, here at HR Wallingford we are primarily focussed on offshore wind, floating offshore wind and marine energy, both wave and tidal. The UK has committed to quadruple our offshore wind capacity to 40GW in the next ten years and 70GW+ by 2050. The US, many APAC and European countries are following suit. The growth is enormous, and with that scale comes new challenges, so the clean energy sector is a really exciting place to be.
I also work in the nuclear sector - last year we signed a Framework Agreement to work with EDF’s engineering division in France, working on the hydraulic modelling and design of the cooling water intakes for their new fleet of power stations internationally. We’re also working on projects at Hinkley, Sizewell and Bradwell in the UK, as well as looking at potential work overseas, including UAE Saudi Arabia, India, Poland and the Czech Republic. There is also lots of exciting new development happening in new nuclear technologies such as small and advanced modular reactors (SMRs & AMs) as well as nuclear fusion which we hope to get involved in.