Offshore wind energy is a rapidly developing industry. The UK wave energy resource is considerable, with significant future potential. Co-location of offshore wind and wave farms could offer benefits such as reducing power variations, but would likely bring new complications. High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) has been proposed as a promising interconnection method.
This project will investigate the integration of combined offshore wind and wave energy converters in the power system, with the method of HVDC. The current state of the art will be reviewed with regards to offshore wind farms, wave energy systems and HVDC power transmission. A case study will be performed, to identify and quantify the benefits and potential synergies of colocating wind and wave energy converters. Measured data will be obtained through collaborative activities wherever possible. Power system simulation software will be used to develop appropriate models and the operational performance of specific cases will be investigated.
A detailed knowledge of grid connection aspects of renewable energy systems is desirable. The successful applicant will be based at the University’s Medway campus.
More information about the scholarship and how to apply can be found here. Closing date: 13:00 on Friday 13th July 2012.