Why study offshore renewable energy?

As part of its plan for a green industrial revolution, the UK government is committed to a target of 40GW of energy sourced from offshore renewables by 2030. This target represents a 4 fold increase in 10 years and is expected to generate an addition 60,000 jobs in the process. The offshore renewable energy sector will require a rapid expansion with a need for graduates whose skills, knowledge and innovation can help drive that expansion. 

University of Plymouth 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 the leader of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded Supergen programme. University of Plymouth along with the University of Exeter formed the original Peninsula Research Institute in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE). PRIMaRE continues to provide the research support the offshore renewable energy industry. This critical role is being recognised by industry and has led to strategic partnerships between the University and offshore 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 offshore 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 offshore 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 offshore renewable energy.