Newcastle University

Newcastle University (UK) is the Coordinator for the INOMANS2HIP project and is responsible for overall technical coordination and project management as well as undertaking research work in all work packages.  Two teams within Newcastle University are involved in the project: Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research and the Power Electronics, Drives & Machines Group within the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

The Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research is an interdisciplinary research centre within Newcastle University.  It provides the focus for energy related research across the University and incorporates researchers from eleven academic schools.  The mission of The Sir Joseph Swan Centre is to provide an intellectual lead in the pursuit of the low-carbon economy of the future, by developing new technologies which reconcile human needs for energy conversion and use with social and ecological needs.  The Centre undertakes fundamental and applied research into various aspects of power generation and energy systems, including unconventional engine configurations, energy storage, condition monitoring, the use of alternative fuels (including biofuels and hydrogen) and life cycle analysis.  The team working on this project has substantial experience in modelling and simulation of energy systems using commercial software and in-house developed software, including marine energy systems.  The team also participate in the FP7 funded marine projects ULYSSES and TEFLES.

Part of the University’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the Power Electronics, Drives & Machines Group carries out research in novel electromagnetic devices, power electronics and derived systems, systems estimation and control as well as smart grids.  This research comprises both blue-sky activities together with collaborative industrial projects, with interests such as more electric transportation, increased power conversion efficiency, integration of renewable generation, smart grids and energy storage.  The group has significant experimental laboratories, together with software simulation platforms which provide state of the art experimentation facilities for both teaching and research purposes.

The Project Coordinator is Prof Anthony P. Roskilly, Chair of Marine Engineering, Director of Research for Newcastle Institute for Research in Sustainability and Director of SWAN; has over 25 years’ experience in the design, control, and operational optimisation of energy systems with a particular focus on marine systems.

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