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Bangor University

Dr Simon Neill

Dr Simon Neill is a Senior Lecturer in ocean modelling at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University. He is a physical oceanographer who uses field data and supercomputers to characterise multiple marine renewable energy resources over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales from sub-second (turbulent) to multi-decadal, and from device scale to ocean basins. He has been awarded extensive NERC, EPSRC, European, and commercial funding, and is the physical oceanography academic lead of the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences – the commercial arm of the School of Ocean Sciences. He is a member of the NERC peer review college, on the scientific advisory board of the Scottish MERIKA marine renewable energy project, and author of over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles. He leads a team of 8 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students, and is course director of the MSc in Marine Renewable Energy at Bangor University.

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Dr Matt Lewis is the QUOTIENT project’s Sêr Cymru research fellow at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University. With over 20 scientific peer-review publications (7 as first author), he is a physical oceanographer within a team of coastal scientists who use field data and numerical models to understand oceanographic conditions at a variety of time-scales, which are applied to characterise the marine renewable energy resource. Previously, Dr Matt Lewis was a modelling technician at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research New Zealand, after which he studied for a PhD investigating the uncertainties within modelling future coastal flood risk at Bristol University and the National Oceanographic Centre (Liverpool); such as the difficulties within coupling future climate predictions from Regional Circulation Models, shelf sea hydrodynamic models, and local-scale inundation models.

Dr Peter Robins is a Research Fellow, and Applied Oceanography lead, at the Centre for Applied Marine Science (CAMS), Bangor University. Through various European projects, Peter has established relationships with the majority of marine renewable energy companies that are interested in the European/UK/Welsh resource, leading to several journal publications and R&D projects characterising the resource through modelling and data surveys. In addition, much of Peter’s research focusses on modelling the coastal zone, including processes through the catchment-estuary-coastal system. Biophysical modelling, sediment dynamics & morphology, and nutrient cycling, are some of the important topics that Peter is interested in. He has produced over 35 scientific contributions to date, including 17 peer-reviewed journal articles, and currently supervises one PhD student (catchment-estuary modelling), with a second PhD project due to start in 2016 (biophysical modelling).

Swansea University

Dr Ian Masters is the Founder of the Marine Energy Research Group and Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University. He is a chartered mathematician and chartered engineer. Research areas include: Tidal turbines with combined tide, wave and turbulent flows; CFD modelling of arrays and wakes; and environmental impact analysis.

Dr Michael Togneri is the QUOTIENT project’s Sêr Cymru research fellow at Swansea University. He was awarded his MEng in aeronautical engineering from Glasgow University in 2006, then went on to the Mathematics Department at Cardiff University for his postgraduate studies. His research looked at the very early stages of turbulence development, by trying to simulate the evolution of small disturbances in turbulent boundary layers. Afterwards, he began working at LCRI Marine in Swansea University, where he became the lead developer for Swansea’s BEMT software tool for prediction of tidal turbine performance and loads, and also worked on the analysis of turbulence in tidal currents using field measurements. Since 2012 he has been a researcher co-investigator on SuperGen UKCMER, and has collaborated extensively with researchers at partner institutes around the UK, including Cardiff, Cranfield and Liverpool.

Dr Nick Croft’s main research aim has been to develop efficient and accurate computational techniques for application to the solution of a range of industrial problems. Based around computational fluid dynamics and extending into a range of multi-physics applications the techniques have been employed in a wide range of applications including metal processing, aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering and renewable energy. Within the renewable sector my interest is concerned with the prediction of device performance and near device effects including prediction of interactions with marine fauna in terms of physical, fluid and acoustic effects.

Cardiff University

Dr Shunqi Pan is a specialist in coastal engineering, with more than 20 year’s experience in modelling the impacts of waves and tides on coastal geomorphologies. More recently, his research has been focused on large-scale modelling of waves, tides and surge under extreme conditions; resource characterisation for marine renewable energy; optimisation of typhoon wave forecasting; and the hydro-environmental impact of renewable energy generation and climate change. He has been involved extensively in research projects funded by the EPSRC, NERC, EU, RAEng, local development agencies, and industry. He serves as a member of the EPSRC peer-review college and a number of editorial boards of international journals.

Tim Ebdon is a PhD student within the Cardiff Marine Energy Research Group at Cardiff University. His area of research uses CFD simulations to examine the wakes of tidal stream turbines, both individually and as part of arrays. He was awarded a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Bath in 2008, and a PGCE in 2009. After working as a teacher, and then within the faculty of environmental sciences at the Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences in Bavaria, Germany, he was accepted onto the PhD programme in Cardiff in 2015.