Hebridean Marine Services
The wave power resource to the west of the Outer Hebrides is widely recognized as one of the best in Europe. However, developers lack detailed, accurate data and analysis of the true commercial potential of this resource. This is where we step in.
A versatile group of scientists and engineers investigates questions around wave energy resource assessments, data acquisition, sensor deployment and wave forecasting in an area with one of the most energetic waters of Europe. Additional wave energy research activities at Lews Castle College are focused on the electrical grid integration and interaction between wind and wave energy converters, and also on the mapping of both environmental constraints and opportunities in relation to energy developments. Activities of the team include:
- Gathering valuable data
- Surveying potential development sites
- Investigating grid connection issues
- Designing a pre-development marine energy consent strategy
- Validating environmental data by monitoring wave energy machines in action
- Developing an energy resource assessment wave model
- Our vision is to share this wealth of knowledge and skills on the true potential of wave power in the region with industry to help drive forward marine energy developments
The team includes a Senior Research Engineer, a PhD student investigating "The impact of large scale wave energy converter farms on the regional wave climate", a Lead Hydrodynamicist and Wave modeller, a Physicist and Project Support and a programming and datebase expert working on improving the accuracy of returned data and managing those large datasets.
Key information and contact details:
You can find more information at the Institute website
Assistant Principal: Professor Frank Rennie
Principal Investigator: Dr Arne Völger
Hebridean Marine Energy Futures, Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR