Supergen ORE hub launch a big hit

The new Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub launched to a packed house at its first annual assembly event, held at the University of Plymouth.

Among the announcements made at the event were the launch of a new flexi-fund to inspire and enable innovative ORE research, and a concept demonstration of the Hub’s Research Landscape tool – designed to make academic research more accessible to a wider range of stakeholders. 

Delegates also embraced the opportunity to question a range of industry experts from across the spectrum of Offshore Wind, Wave and Tidal in a panel discussion chaired by Si Dilks, Head of Nuclear & Renewable Innovation at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The Supergen ORE Hub is a four-year project led by the University of Plymouth and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

On the panel at its launch event were:

  • Marie Berthelot, Head of Renewables R&D UK, EDF Energy who shared EDFs CAP 2030 project championing low-carbon growth.
  • Rob Bray, Blade Development Manager at SIMEC Atlantis Energy who provided an update on MeyGen tidal-stream project.
  • Elva Bannon, Senior Research Engineer at Wave Energy Scotland (WES) updated on the work of WES, which included the rationale behind their Stage Gate Design Tool.
  • Thomas Choisnet, Chief Technology Officer at Ideol who addressed some of the technical challenges in developing structures for floating Offshore Wind.
  • Will Apps, Head of Energy Development at the Crown Estate who share a perspective on topics as broad as investment, data to analyse socio-economic and building operational resilience.


From left to Right: Thomas Choisnet - Ideol, Rob Bray - SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Marie Berthelot - EDF Energy, Will Apps - The Crown Estate, Elva Brannon - Wave Energy Scotland, Si Dilks - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, opened the day and commented:

“The University of Plymouth is delighted to lead the Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub, forming a partnership between leading UK research centres and facilities to build the essential collaborative approach to tackling the research challenges in the synergistic areas of wave, tidal and offshore wind.”

Ample opportunity to network was back-dropped with a Research Poster exhibition provided by members of the Hub’s fledgling Early Career Researcher Network, who had enjoyed a day long forum of their own prior to the main launch event.

In another session Co-directors from five of the Hub’s ten partner universities shared overviews of the core work packages that the four-year project will coordinate.

The Supergen ORE Hub is led by Professor Deborah Greaves OBE, Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Plymouth. She said:

“We’re delighted that the reaction and feedback to our first event was so positive. We worked hard to ensure our agenda was relevant, not just to academia, but also industry and policy makers working in Offshore Renewables. As we develop the work of our hub, we hope more will connect with us to ensure that ORE research from UK academia both inspires innovation and is maximised for societal benefit.”

Supergen ORE Hub and Network

Bringing together for mutual benefit the related research areas of wave, tidal and offshore wind.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is creating a new Supergen ORE Hub aimed to bring together for mutual benefit the related research areas of wave, tidal and offshore wind in order to share skills, resources and expertise across the field of ORE.

The Supergen ORE Network is a mail distribution list to keep the Offshore Renewable Energy Community up to date on the latest news and events organised by Supergen ORE Hub. If you would like to be involved, please register to join the Supergen ORE Network.

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