The Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST) special interest groups operate to discuss key themes, new developments and promote best practice in the marine industry. For offshore renewables, encompassing wind, tidal and wave infrastructure, the special interest group met on the 27th April 2017 at IMarEST headquarters to discuss the latest developments in the tidal sector.
Jennifer Gomez Molina, Project Manager for VerdErg, was invited to speak at the committee meeting which hosted a live-streamed lunchtime lecture for IMarEST members. It was a great opportunity to present to the marine audience how an existing application in naval architecture was adapted for power generation; an excellent example of cross sector knowledge transfer. In addition to the VETT development history, an overview of the successful live fish trials and an update on run-of-river schemes was given. Attendees also benefited from learning about the achievements made during the Innovate UK Energy Catalyst technical feasibility study aimed at developing VETT for tidal applications.
A stimulating discussion on technology readiness and commercialisation followed and how the Offshore Renewables special interest group and IMarEST could support the industry to capitalise on the tidal opportunities across the globe. VerdErg is grateful for the opportunity to showcase VETT to the IMarEST audience; the presentation can also be viewed by IMarEST members on IMarEST TV.