This PhD Fellowship on robotics for floating offshore wind is part of the STEP4WIND project which is funded under the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie H2020 ITN Research Program. This project is focused on addressing the main challenges facing the large-scale deployment of floating wind turbine arrays. The successful candidate will join a team of 10 early stage researchers working under the guidance of leading EU academics and industry partners to accelerate the commercialisation of these highly promising renewable energy technologies.
The work of this PhD Candidate is focused specifically on the use of robotics to support operations and maintenance activities of floating offshore wind and to reduce the need for marine activities involving personnel. Such technologies will play an important role in improving health and safety (H&S) and the economics of floating wind energy in harsh far from shore environments.
Description du poste
STEP4WIND is a European Industrial Doctorate programme, granted under the H2020 Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network initiative (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019, grant agreement 860737). The programme runs between April 2020 and March 2024 and will deliver 10 PhD degrees, in joint supervision and training between the public and private sectors. The main objective is to address both technological and economical challenges related to the commercialisation of floating offshore wind farms.
Description of Research topic on robotics for floating offshore wind
The installation, O&M and decommissioning processes for fixed offshore wind energy represent a significant proportion of the total cost of an offshore wind farm due to the challenges of working at sea.
In the context of floating wind farms, there is a significant added challenge due to the fact that both vessel and the turbine motions are impacted by the prevailing metocean conditions. The work of this PhD will be focused on the use of robotics to carry out diagnostic and O&M activities in order to improve H&S, reduce asset down time and the requirement for expensive marine activities.
Year 1 will start with a literature study of the potential robotic and other solutions that could enhance floating offshore wind O&M. Using this knowledge, a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) will be performed for these new technologies incorporating market analysis and technology design.
In Year 2, a bottom-up financial model will be developed for floating offshore wind turbine O&M and integrated in a multidisciplinary analysis and optimisation framework which will be developed by another PhD candidate within the STEP4WIND project.
Year 3 will quantify H&S and cost impact of using robotic solutions. The applicability of these solutions to other life cycle phases will be reviewed by further developing the O&M cost model into a full life cycle model, in collaboration with project colleagues.
Key duties and responsibilities
The PhD candidate will conduct a specified programme of research aligned with the work of the STEP4WIND project and the expertise of supervisors in MaREI and ORE Catapult.
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Modalités de candidature
- Short cover letter describing your motivation for applying for the position and how your experience and expertise match the research topic.
To Ms Grainne Lynch (email@example.com ), on or before the closing date 17th August 2020.