Marine renewable energy

Why study marine renewable energy?

The UK government is committed to a target of 15 per cent of our energy sourced from renewables by 2020. This target is equivalent to a seven-fold increase in UK renewable energy consumption from current levels - the most challenging of any EU Member State. The renewable energy sector will require a rapid expansion with a need for graduates whose skills, knowledge and innovation can help drive that expansion. Real progress in this field can be seen in the Pentand Firth with the start of construction for the MeyGen project, the worlds largest planned tidal development project (398 MW). 

Plymouth University has an international reputation for marine research and teaching. Plymouth continues to build on its ever more vital position in the marine renewables sector as evidenced by its role as a central partner in the recently created South West Marine Energy Park and the Offshore Renewables Development Programme. Plymouth University along with the University of Exeter formed the original Peninsula Research Institute in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE). PRIMaRE provides the research support for Wave Hub, a demonstration and proving facility for arrays of wave energy devices off the north coast of Cornwall. This critical role is being recognised by industry and has led to strategic partnerships between the University and marine renewable developers, many of which select the COAST Lab for laboratory testing of their devices.

From the programme you’ll gain:

  • understanding and awareness of the political framework, policy, planning, technological and scientific issues surrounding and at the limits of knowledge of the marine renewable energy sector
  • conceptual abilities to contribute to the development and critical evaluation of specific marine renewable energy technologies
  • the skills necessary to assess the environmental impact of marine renewable technologies and to manage the associated planning requirements
  • employability skills of direct relevance to the marine renewable energy industries and research organisations, also comprising a commitment to their continuing professional development
  • the necessary high level skill set to pursue further academic research or scholarship in marine renewable energy.