Dr Chenyu Zhao
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Dr Chenyu Zhao

Senior Research Fellow

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Biography

Biography

Dr. Chenyu Zhao is a distinguished figure in the field of Marine Renewable Energy, with a focus on offshore wind farms, wave energy, and related marine structures. He currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth, a position he has held since December 2023. His work encompasses the development of Marine Autonomous Robotic Intervention Systems and advanced marine structures.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Zhao was a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter from June 2020 to December 2023. In this position, he continued his work in Marine Renewable Energy and contributed significantly to the field of Marine Autonomous Robotic Intervention Systems.
Dr. Zhao’s expertise was further honed during his time as a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Exeter, where he specialized in Marine Autonomous Robotic Intervention Systems. His academic journey in this field began with his PhD in Marine Engineering from Ocean University of China, which he completed between September 2013 and June 2019. His PhD research focused on the design aspects of marine engineering, laying the foundation for his future endeavours in renewable energy and marine technology.

Qualifications

Senior Research Fellow, University of Plymouth, December 2023-Present
Research Area: Marine Renewable Energy (Offshore wind farm, wave energy and etc), Marine Autonomous Robotic Intervention System, Marine structures.
Research Fellow, University of Exeter, June 2020-December 2023
Research Area: Marine Renewable Energy (Offshore wind farm, wave energy and etc), Marine Autonomous Robotic Intervention System, Marine structures.
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Exeter, June 2019-2020
Research Area: Marine Autonomous Robotic Intervention System
PhD of Marine Engineering, Ocean University of China, September 2013-June 2019
Research Title: Design, optimize, and the construct of the wave energy converters 
Bachelor of Industrial Engineering, Soochow University, September 2008-June 2012
Courses: Structural Mechanics, Mechanical Design, Structure Testing, etc.            
Research

Research

Research interests

Dr. Zhao's research interests have been deeply rooted in the development of sustainable marine energy sources and the advancement of marine technology. His work in offshore wind farms and wave energy highlights his commitment to exploring renewable energy solutions. Additionally, his contributions to the field of Marine Autonomous Robotic Intervention Systems demonstrate his innovative approach to addressing challenges in marine engineering and technology. ​
Publications

Publications

Journals
Conference Papers
  • Gao Y, Zhao C, Johanning L, Pillai AC. (2023) Hydrodynamic studies of a 15 MW semi-submersible FOWT to assess the suitability of the inclusion of a damper system, 15th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, Bilbao, 3rd - 7th Sep 2023
  • Zhao C, Johanning L, Li G, Stansby P. (2022) Comparison of the full dynamic simulation and wave basin test of a multi-float WEC, 10th - 10th Nov 2022, Trends in Renewable Energies Offshore - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore, RENEW 2022, pages 293-298, DOI:10.1201/9781003360773-34
  • Zhao C, Thies PR, Johanning L, Cowles J. (2020) Modelling and assessment of ROV capacity within an autonomous offshore intervention system, 4th International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore, Lisbon, 12th - 15th Oct 2020.

Chapters
  • Deborah Greaves,  Carlos Perez-Collazo,  Curran Crawford,  Bradley Buckham,  Vanesa Magar,  Francisco Acuña,  Sungwon Shin,  Hongda Shi,  Chenyu Zhao, Wave and Tidal Energy, Chapter 13, Regional Activities (Pages: 587-658) 
Reports
  • Youssef, K., Chen, B., Roberts, A., Chen, J., Zhao, C., Johanning, L., Olosunde, J. (2023). FLOW farm model at specific Celtic Sea sites (beta version) EC Simulator Impact Case Study. https://celticseacluster.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Ec-Simulator-Impact-Case-Study.pdf
  •  Zhao,C , Pete Halswell , Lars Johanning , Philipp Thies .(2021). FLOTANT D.5.1 – NOVEL MOORING COMPONENTS PERFORMANCE AND DURABILITY.
  •  Zhao,C , Pete Halswell , Lars Johanning , Philipp Thies .(2021). FLOTANT D.5.6 – REPORT ON MECHANICAL POWER CABLE CHARACTERISTICS.
  • Zhao,C , Lars Johanning , Philipp Thies .(2021). FLOTANT D.6.4 – Proactive maintenance strategies based on failure prognostic.
  • Zhao,C , Lars Johanning , Philipp Thies .(2021). FLOTANT D.6.5 – O&M optimisation processes.