University of Plymouth study looks at Guernsey’s offshore wind and tidal energy potential

December 7th, 2012 by Guernsey Renewable Energy Commission

University of Plymouth postgraduate students studying for an MSc in Marine Renewable energy who presented their research to Guernsey's Renewable Energy Team (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Academics and students from the University of Plymouth came to Guernsey from 3 to 7 December 2012 on a field visit to make a high level strategic assessment of the offshore renewable energy potential for Guernsey in the medium to longer term.

This initiative was part of Commerce and Employment’s Renewable Energy Team’s (RET) long term strategic alliance with leading UK Universities to progress local macro offshore renewable energy.

Previous Plymouth students have carried out individual dissertation projects on the local potential but this will be the first Plymouth group project.

Postgraduate students studying for an MSc in Marine Renewable Energy and several academics visited Guernsey, and formed different groups to act as renewable energy consultants to study various aspects of Guernsey’s offshore renewable potential.

The full team from the University of Plymouth who visited the island to study Guernsey's offshore wind and tidal energy potential (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Focus was given to the strategic implementation of offshore wind and tidal stream energy to further refine an energy management strategy for Guernsey.

The work was distinct from other studies which other Universities have conducted as this latest study focused on ascertaining if there is the potential for a more medium term (3 to 5 years) strategy for the deployment of offshore renewable energy technology in Guernsey based on offshore wind and tidal stream energy.

Amongst other aspects the study assessed:

1) Available resource

2) Technology

3) Installation

4) Planning constraints

5) Economic impacts of offshore renewable energy

6) Electrical infrastructure

7) Environmental impacts

The University presented their findings to RET at the GTA on 6 December 2012 and will produce a written report based on their research.

More information can be found on the Renewable Energy Team’s website.

 

1 Response to “University of Plymouth study looks at Guernsey’s offshore wind and tidal energy potential”

  1. Dr. Mohammad Lutfur Rahman

    We are the inventor of the Hybrid offshore-wind and tidal turbine (HOTT) system in the world, so if you need any help please let us know. 

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