|CWR Presents : Hydro-environmental modelling study of tidal renewable energy schemes
In recent years there has been a growing international public concern about climate change, global warming, reducing the carbon footprint, increasing oil and gas prices and the rapid depletion of fossil fuel reserves.
The UK is committed to the EU renewable energy targets, with the UK being expected to produce 15% of its total energy from renewable resources by 2020.
This corresponds to approximately 35% of the UK’s electricity demand, while at present only about 5% of the UK’s electricity comes from renewable resources. These issues, as well as others, including the large potential renewable resources available around the UK, have led to a renewed enthusiasm to look at increasing the generation of renewable energy from tidal resources.
In the UK, Wales can offer a number of ideal sites for exploitation of marine renewable energy around the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel, as well as a number of locations around the North Wales Coast; in particular the 8.6 GW Severn Barrage would generate approximately 5% of the UK’s electricity needs.
This presentation focuses on hydro-environmental modelling of tidal renewable energy schemes around the Welsh Coast, including Severn Barrage and tidal stream turbines.
The presentation focuses on the impact of the schemes on sediment transport, bacteria concentration, flooding as well as potential energy generated by these schemes.
Reza’s research mainly focus on hydro-environmental modelling within coastal regions. He is particularly interested in hydro-environmental modelling of marine renewable energy schemes, sediment transport and bacteria modelling, High Performance Computing and flood modelling.
Reza is currently working on two projects at Hydro-environmental Research Centre at Cardiff University, UK, looking at marine renewable schemes in the EU Atlantic Area and investigating various approaches to improve the understanding of pollution sources in the coastal area, to assist with maintaining Wales’ Blue Flag beaches by meeting the new EU Bathing Water Directive.
Reza completed his BSc. and MSc. in Civil Engineering and Water Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. He then received his PhD from Cardiff University in 2010. His research during his PhD was mainly focused on tidal renewable energy, linking models, parallelising and increasing the efficiency of the models and flood inundation and extent modelling during extreme events or as a result of dam break or embankment breach. He has been developing a flood prediction software, namely ISIS2D, with Halcrow Ltd as well as working as a research associate while doing his PhD.
PS* This seminar is free and open to the public & no RSVP required.
Dr Reza Ahmadian, Research Associate Hydro-environmental Research Centre, School of Engineering, Cardiff University U.K.
Blakers Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Mathematics Building, The University of Western Australia
: 6488 7565
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 16:00
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 17:00
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