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[Met-jobs] PhD Studentship: Winds of change - The impact of climate change on offshore wind power generation

From Sarah Ollier <>
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Date Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:16:58 +0000

PhD Studentship: Winds of change - The impact of climate change on offshore wind power generation

NERC CASE PhD studentship at Loughborough University


Project Highlights:


·        The UK will see a large expansion of offshore wind farms in the next 15 years;

·        Climate change is likely to increase the number of extreme weather events which will have an impact on offshore wind farm loading and power output;

·        This project will involve the use of state-of-the-art models, and measured data to predict the effect that future extreme events will have on offshore wind farms. 


The student will be based in the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) to gain expertise in the climatological and engineering aspects of offshore wind energy. The Wind Power Research Group within CREST is part of the wider EPSRC Supergen Wind Hub who also provide training to new researchers in the wind energy arena, including long term environmental conditions. The student will gain skills in wind analysis of surface and remote sensing data and modelling of wind conditions using global and mesoscale models with a focus on future climate change impacts. They will also be enrolled into the CENTA doctoral training partnership.

 This project will be in collaboration with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult whose remit is to work with the offshore marine energy industry and academia to provide testing infrastructure facilities and expertise to reduce the cost of energy in the marine energy sector. CREST are already working with ORE Catapult through the Supergen Wind Hub and have an existing NERC CASE studentship with the Catapult to study the Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer (MABL) and its impact on offshore wind farms.

This project will be a CASE award complementing the above studentship and the ORE Catapult will provide data and expertise in understanding the offshore resource and its impact on offshore wind power. The student will spend time at the ORE Catapult at Blyth as part of its developing strategy to better understand offshore met/ocean conditions.


Full details at:




PhD Researcher: Offshore Wind Resource Assessment 

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

Wolfson School

Loughbourough University


CREST Profile CREST Wind LinkedIn Research Gate NERC ORE Catapult


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