Professor Lars Johanning

Professor Lars Johanning

Associate Head of School - Research

Faculty of Science and Engineering



Professor Lars Johanning has been involved in research on hydrodynamic related topics for marine structures since 1997. He is a leading researcher with international recognition in the field of ocean energy and technology with a focus towards hydrodynamics and station keeping systems. 
His research includes activities such as loading and dynamic response of mono-towers in steep and breaking waves (GR/N04522/01), hydrodynamic and reliability studies on station keeping systems for offshore renewable energy devices (GR/S26958/01, EP/M014738/1, EP/P008682/1), and hydrodynamic analysis supporting the development of aquaculture systems (BB/M005208/1). Furthermore, he has leading roles on the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable - IDCORE (EP/J500847/1) and the Horizon 2020 project OPERA (654444). 
Professor Johanning is leading the Offshore Renewable Energy group at the University of Exeter and has led the development of the Falmouth Bay marine energy test site, which has seen the successful deployment of the Fred Olsen and Polygen wave energy device. He is providing expert advice within the mooring standard committee to the IEC/TC114, is a member of the Research Advisory Group (RAG) to the ORE Catapult and currently advises in the development of the EU Ocean Energy Roadmap.
Visiting Professor:
  • Ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avancees (ENSTA), Graduate and Post-graduate Engineering School and Research Institution, France
  • Dalian University of Technology, State Key Laboratory of Coastal and Offshore Engineering, China
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, Hong Kong
Current main grants:
  • H2020 - OPERA; The project brings together 12 international partners from industry and academia and will demonstrate two wave energy technologies at full scale
  • I:UK/BBSRC - LG2; The aim of this project is to address the issue of insufficient livestock availability and food security, by implementing the foundation required and demonstrated at field scale to make available a novel candidate aquaculture species, the European Lobster.
  • EPSRC - UKCMER; The research activities covers the width of the fundamental research requirements to enable and enhance cost effective energy generation from Offshore Renewable sources.
  • ETI/EPSRC - IDCORE; The research project offers a world-class Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme in Offshore Renewable Energy which aims to train world-class industrially focussed researchers to accelerate the development of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy technologies.