International Symposium on “Novel Composite Materials and Processes for Marine Renewable Energy”, Cork, Ireland, September 1st 2017
A 1-day International Symposium will be held in Cork, Ireland on September 1st, 2017 on the topic of “Novel Composite Materials and Processes for Marine Renewable Energy”. The symposium is being organised by the consortium behind the EU FP7 Marie Curie IAPP project MARINCOMP, led by University College Cork and the University of Edinburgh, and involving partners University of Ulster; Toray Carbon Fibers Europe, ÉireComposites, Suzlon Energy and Scotrenewables Tidal Power.
Symposium topics will include development and use of carbon fibre and glass fibre reinforced composites for use in marine renewable applications such as tidal and wind turbine blades, involving novel powder-processing routes, fibre-matrix interface studies, water absorption effects on material properties, fatigue durability life design tools, 3D reinforcements, materials testing and characterisation, blade design methodologies, blade manufacturing cost models and structural testing of large composite blades.
International speakers at the symposium will include the project partners, plus the following guest speakers:
- Prof Dayakar Penumadu, University of Tennessee, USA
- Dr Peter Davies, IFREMER, Brest, France
- Dr Klaus Gleich, Johns Manville, Germany
- Prof Ole Thybo Thomsen, University of Southampton
- Prof Janice Barton, University of Southampton
- Dr Jamie Goggins, NUI Galway
The symposium will be held on Friday, September 1st, from 9.00am to 5.00pm in the Centre for Marine & Renewable Energy (MaREI), UCC‐ERI Beaufort Building, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork and will follow the holding of the 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2017 (EWTEC 17) in Cork from August 27th to Thursday August 31st.
Attendance at the symposium is free, but space will be limited.
To register go to Eventbrite.com
Having reached the 2MW rated capacity of their SR2000 tidal turbine earlier in April, and setting a new tidal industry benchmark, Scotrenewables have now generated over 18MWh within a continuous 24hr testing period; a performance level which matches established offshore wind turbines.
Speaking of the achievement, believed to be another tidal industry record, the CEO of Scotrenewables, Andrew Scott, said: “Recognising we are still in the early stages of our demonstration programme this is a tremendously reassuring level of performance to be achieving, one which provides further confidence in our technology’s ability to deliver a significant step reduction in the cost of energy from tidal stream and meet our future customers’ needs.”
The 2MW SR2000 is undergoing a comprehensive, grid connected, test programme at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney focused on demonstrating power and hydrodynamic performance of the patented floating turbine technology in parallel with a low cost maintenance and vessel strategy.
Jonathan Meason, Scotrenewables’ Engineering Manager said: “The SR2000 is providing invaluable experience and validation of our engineering – both of which are informing the optimisation exercise which we are undertaking within our flagship Horizon 2020 project; where we are confident we can considerably increase the performance from the system in parallel with reducing costs and risks.”
Scotrenewables’ EU funded Horizon 2020 project, “FloTEC”, is a collaborative industry and supply chain initiative aimed at further reducing the cost of energy from the company’s technology and providing the basis to commence commercial sales.
The SR2000 was conservatively engineered and built with a 16m rotor diameter for each of its 1MW turbines, improvements under the FloTEC project include increasing diameters to 20m with composite blades developed with project partners EireComposites. This step alone is projected to increase annual yield from turbines by over 50%
Dr Dongning Zhao presented a paper at SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2017. The paper was co written by MARINCOMP researchers Micheal Forde, Bryan Weafer, Alistair McIlhagger and Edward Archer.
The event has held in Portland, Oregon, USA and consisted of 11 conference topics and over 850 presentations. SPIE offers a unique collaboration between engineers who develop advanced materials and researchers who use sensor networks & non-destructive evaluation methods to monitor the health of structural and biological systems.
The MARINCOMP project held its latest Consortium Meeting in the NIACE, Belfast. The meeting was chaired by Prof Ó Brádaigh of UEDIN and was well attended by all partners. The meeting ran over two days and included a tour of the NIACE facilities. The next meeting will be hosted by TORAY CFE in June 2017.
The MARINCOMP project held its latest Consortium Meeting in the Universirty of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. The meeting was chaired by Prof Ó Brádaigh of UEDIN and was well attended by all partners. The meeting ran over two days and included a tour of the Flowave facilities and other laboratories at the University.
Four MARINCOMP Researchers attend Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions event in Manchester, UK. The event, held on the 28th-29th July was a satellite event to the European Science Open Forum (ESOF) held in the University of Manchester. In attendance we Dr Vensa Jaksic and Sean McAuliffe of UCC, Dimitrios Mamalis of UEDIN and Dr Zhao of Ulster University. The MARINCOMP research poster was also on display at the event.
MARINCOMP researchers Prof Conchúr Ó Brádaigh and James Maguire presented a paper at the 13th International Conference on Flow Processes in Composite Materials (FPCM-13), Kyoto, Japan, July 2016. Prof Ó Brádaigh was also on the Scientific Committee for the conference. The details of the paper are as follows:
- Maguire, J., Simacek, P. , Advani, S. ( University of Delaware, United States) and Ó Brádaigh, C.M, “Through-thickness resin flow and heat transfer modelling of partially impregnated composite materials for thick-section parts”, Proceedings of 13th International Conference on Flow Processes in Composite Materials (FPCM-13), Kyoto, Japan, July 2016
Dr Alistair McIlhagger and Dr Edward Archer of University of Ulster attended a 3-day workshop “Sustainable Materials and Materials for Sustainability” held on May 8-10 at Qatar University which brought together over 50 experienced and early career researchers from multidisciplinary backgrounds such as materials science, chemistry, engineering, and energy and environment. The workshop was co-organized by CAM and Ulster University under the Qatar-UK Research Networking Programme, and sponsored by British Council and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) in collaboration with UK Science and Innovation Network and UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. For more information click here.
The second MARINCOMP newsletter has been published.
The newsletter can be viewed at: http://eepurl.com/bL7wTj
Tomas Flanagan, EireComposites and Dr Alistair McIlhagger, UU presented at the 21st ICE/IEEE International Technology Management Conference. The conference was held in Belfast, Northern Ireland between the 22nd-24th June 2015.
Tomas Flanagans presentation can be found here EireComposites Belfast 2015