Wednesday, 5 June 2013
SuperGen UKCMER Course on Tidal Energy at Queen’s University Belfast

As part of their involvement in the SuperGen UK Centre for Marine Energy Research (UKCMER), formerly SuperGen Marine (www.supergen-marine.org.uk), Queen’s University Belfast held a Doctoral Training Programme course at the Queen’s Marine Laboratory in Portaferry during the week 27th to 31st May 2013. Participants from the various SuperGen partner universities attended the course which covered many aspects of tidal energy production from basic tidal mechanics through measurement of hydrodynamic parameters to performance of tidal energy devices and included a field trip to the SeaGen marine turbine installation in Strangford Narrows.

With support from The Academy by DHI, a full 1-day MIKE by DHI training course was included on 30th May providing instruction in the use of MIKE 21 FMHD to demonstrate the role of modelling in resource assessment and device location studies. This collaborative MIKE by DHI training course was presented by Dr Björn Elsäßer (QUB), with assistance from Steve Flood and Dr Suzie Clarke (DHI-UK).


The Bristol Channel area was used for the MIKE 21 FMHD training course. Participants created their own model mesh and then developed hydrodynamic models into which tidal turbines were added in order to investigate impacts on the overall flow field.


Many thanks to Dr Björn Elsäßer, Queen’s University Belfast, and all the participants.

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