Introducing ELEMENT – Tidal energy and artificial intelligence

Website visit Address Virtual Event Start October 15, 2020 - 2:00 pm End October 15, 2020 -3:00 pm

Leading experts from the ELEMENT project (Effective Lifetime Extension in the Marine Environment for Tidal Energy) will discuss their first 18 months of research and technology innovation to introduce artificial intelligence to tidal energy.

This €5 million project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, will reduce the cost of tidal energy produced at Nova Innovation’s Shetland Tidal Array by an estimated 17 percent, bolstering the case for tidal energy as an important part of the world’s future energy mix.


Dr Hong Yue, Reader, Wind Energy and Control Centre, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Audrey Bowie, Project Manager, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult

John Walker, Project Engineer, Operational Performance Directorate, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult

Colin Walker, Electrical Engineer, Nova Innovation


1. The H2020 project family in Shetland

Introducing the Shetland Tidal Array and research projects underway there

2. How ELEMENT fits in

Creating the world’s first intelligent tidal turbines – panellists discuss why the ELEMENT system is needed and the potential benefits

3. How will the ELEMENT system work?

Partners present their scope of work, results to date and upcoming milestones

4. Q&As (20 minutes)

Speaker Biographies

Audrey Bowie is a Senior Project Manager at ORE Catapult. She is a chartered mechanical engineer and has eight years’ experience in the renewables industry focused on delivering disruptive technology projects. In her current role, she delivers cutting edge technology projects in partnership with a range of technology developers from SMEs to OEMs. Her projects deliver innovations which reduce operational costs and improve the safety of building and operating offshore wind farms.

Dr Hong Yue is a Reader at the Wind Energy and Control Centre (WECC), Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde. Her research interests are in modelling, control and optimisation of complex systems, with recent applications to renewable energy systems including hybrid offshore renewable energy, airborne wind energy, tidal energy and offshore wind farm systems.

Colin Walker has worked for Nova Innovation as an electrical engineer since 2016 and has a background in utility scale power generation as well as production engineering. He is responsible for the design of turbine electrical power and control hardware systems as well as managing multiple test and development phases of Nova Innovation’s direct drive turbine technology. Within the ELEMENT project, he is the technical lead on the system design work package and involved in the control system development throughout the testing phases.

John Walker is a Project Engineer at the ORE Catapult. He has over 10 years’ experience in both the aerospace and offshore renewables sectors, covering the design and analysis of gas turbines, experimental research into the impact of marine biofouling on tidal turbine hydrodynamic performance, and the testing and certification of novel wind turbine blades. He currently leads the technical delivery on a variety of projects to support and develop future offshore renewable technologies, including the Technical Lead role for the onshore testing work packages of the ELEMENT project.

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