Clare Davies - MSc Marine Renewable Energy

Year of graduation: 2012

Current employer: BVG Associates

Current job title: Associate

Current location: Cricklade, Wiltshire

What was the title of your project? 

Cetaceans and marine renewable energy in the UK: A risk assessment

Describe your research in one sentence.

Using GIS software, I mapped areas of high offshore wind, wave and tidal resource alongside cetacean abundance and completed a qualitative risk assessment on how different generating technologies have the potential to impact upon different species.

What was the most exciting element(s) of your project (e.g. fieldwork or conferences etc)? 

Whilst studying, we travelled to Cornwall to visit the Wave Hub Project (a plug-and-play test site for innovative renewable energy technologies). I knew I wanted to get into renewable energy when I graduated so I also enjoyed attending conferences to find out more about the industry. 

What was the most exciting outcome(s) of your project? 

The most exciting outcome of my project was a deepened personal appreciation of how offshore wind will play a vital role in future energy generation, and how I wanted to be a part of the industry's growth.   

Tell us what you have been doing since completing your research: 

I was employed as a Graduate Offshore Developer for Innogy, working with a team to submit an application for development consent for a large offshore wind farm. I then came to work for BVG Associates, a renewable energy consultancy. I lead activities on global offshore wind market data analysis and forecasting and support offshore wind developers and tier 1 suppliers to write supply chain plans. I also work closely with the Green Port Hull Programme to help businesses in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire enter the offshore wind market.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get in to the same line of work? 

Take some time once you graduate to think about your career path. Attending conferences whilst you are still studying is a good way to network with people currently in the industry and understand the different job opportunities that are available to you.

How did your time at the University of Plymouth help you?

Completing the MSc in Marine Renewable Energy made me focus my career path and gave me a valuable understanding of how environment, engineering and economics interact in this industry.

Would you recommend undertaking research at the University of Plymouth, and why? 

While I was studying, the Marine Institute was being built and although I never got to use it for my research, it has world-class facilities for students currently studying marine-based subjects.

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