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Speak directly to an expert who can help you accelerate your innovation. 

At Marine-i, we are here to help you develop new products and services for the marine tech sector and help you get them to market. Our team includes some of the UK’s leading researchers and experts in marine tech.

Expertise is wide-ranging and includes all aspects of the field, including Floating Offshore Wind (FLOW), marine propulsion and the ocean environment, amongst many, many other areas.

Through the new Open Doors service, small and medium-sized businesses in Cornwall and Scilly can speak directly to their choice of expert for up to an hour on a video call. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, this free service will allow you to explore your ideas and will provide useful guidance and insights to take your project forward.

To get started, select the expert you would like to consult.

You can see a brief summary of their areas of expertise below. Once you have selected the most appropriate expert for your needs, just click on the button to arrange a one hour appointment for a video call at a time convenient for you.

Professor Lars Johanning
University of Exeter

Lars is one of the pre-eminent academics in the UK for marine renewables. He has received international recognition for his research in the field of ocean energy and marine technology with a focus towards hydrodynamics, station keeping systems and O&M processes. His research includes activities such as loading and dynamic response of offshore structures, hydrodynamic and reliability studies on station keeping systems for offshore renewable energy devices, mooring component development and hydrodynamic analysis using leading commercial software.

Specific expertise:

  • Marine renewable energy
  • Hydrodynamics, station keeping systems and O&M processes
  • Hydrodynamic analysis
  • Mooring component development
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Dr Tessa Gordelier
University of Exeter

Tessa is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with considerable experience in the marine energy sector. She specialises in component development and physical test campaigns including the durability assessment of components for marine renewable energy deployments. This includes establishing operating envelopes and long term system performance through test programs. She has worked on the development of novel solutions for both mooring systems and subsea condition monitoring systems.

Specific expertise:

  • Reliability assessment and physical testing
  • Component development
  • Numerical modelling
  • Marine renewable energy
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Dr George Crossley
University of Exeter

George focuses his research on marine renewable energy, and marine technology. He has worked with marine data and with numerical modelling of the marine environment. George worked with DNV GL to numerically model and validate the interaction between waves and tidal currents for optimisation of loads and performance analysis on tidal turbines. He is now involved in the management and operation of Falmouth Bay Test site (FaBTest).

Specific expertise:

  • Marine renewable energy
  • Marine data and numerical modelling
  • Wave and tidal energy
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Professor Philipp Thies
University of Exeter

Philipp’s research interest lies in the reliability engineering of renewable energy technologies with a focus on offshore energy. He has developed novel component reliability testing approaches, Bayesian statistical analysis approaches for situations of data uncertainty. His work has aligned computational modelling with application driven design improvements and extensive planning, execution and evaluation of component reliability and testing campaigns. Through his work, he has modelled and physically tested a number of novel mooring systems.

Specific expertise:

  • Marine renewable energy
  • Component reliability testing
  • Statistical analysis
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Dr Ian Ashton
University of Exeter

Ian is a physical oceanographer and wave analyst with expertise in wave measurement technology, satellite earth observation and marine renewable energy. Ian’s research is aimed at improving the information available about the physical oceanographic conditions to create better operational and design procedures. He has also developed research into the spatial variability of waves for marine energy, the accuracy of wave and current monitoring and detailed procedures for wave assessment, including research to develop innovative wave and current monitoring in response to requirements from developers of operational marine energy projects.

Specific expertise:

  • Offshore renewables
  • Wave and current measurement, analysis and monitoring
  • Satellite earth observation
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Alex Whatley
University of Plymouth

Alex has a strong understanding of the marine sector developed from a wide range of experience in the industry, including marine renewable energy, small craft naval architecture, project and production management and the implementation of technology in composite manufacturing.

Specific expertise:

  • Marine renewable energy
  • Small craft naval architecture
  • Production management and composite manufacturing
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Steve Rice
University of Plymouth

Steve works with the University of Plymouth to deliver collaborative research, development and innovation (R,D&I) programmes between the marine industries and academia, with consistent aim to drive commercial innovation.. Currently, Steve is focused on the application of autonomous marine systems across a broad range of disciplines.

Specific expertise:

  • Autonomous marine systems
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Ruadan Geraghty
University of Plymouth

Ruadan is a design engineer. Ruadan works with Marine-i companies to explore advanced and alternative material in design and evaluation.

Specific expertise:

  • Materials, manufacturing and design
  • Advanced materials
  • Composite technology
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Sulakshan Rajendran
University of Plymouth

Sulakshan is an aerospace systems engineer with experience in aerospace and automotive industries. Sulakshan is now interested in transferring his experience to develop intelligent control and navigation systems for marine applications. His research interests are in intelligent control systems, UAVs/USVs/VTOL, autonomous platforms and systems, hybrid vehicles and robotics.

Specific expertise:

  • AI
  • Autonomous systems
  • Intelligent control and navigation systems
  • Robotics
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Bradley McKay
Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult

Bradley is a Research Engineer (Electrical, in physical oceanography). He specializes in offshore renewable energy, including floating wind, wave, and tidal energy resource. His extensive electrical knowledge from the mining sector, UK electrical industry, and masters in marine renewable energy has enabled in-depth understanding of grid integration and optimisation to arrays. This includes wave-tide interaction, and quantifying environmental impacts through marine biology and oceanography.

Specific expertise:

  • Offshore renewable energy, including floating wind, wave and tidal
  • Electrical grid integration and optimisation
  • Wave-tide interaction
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Simon Cheeseman
Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult

Simon Cheeseman is a wave and tidal energy sector specialist and a highly experienced marine engineer and programme manager, having worked in both the private and public sectors. He is responsible for the Catapult’s marine renewables strategy. Prior to working with ORE Catapult, Simon was the Marine Programme Manager for the Energy Technologies Institute in Loughborough, England. He was responsible for installation of wave and tidal technology and the design of analysis tools and models for the wave and tidal sector.

During his career Simon has held various senior manager roles with responsibility for high value technology development projects across the aerospace, communications and marine renewables sectors.

Specific expertise:

  • Wave and tidal energy sector
  • Analysis tools and models
  • High value technology development
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