The £7.8 million (EUR 9.4 million) new Centre of Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) is one of 22 new centres for doctoral training announced by UK chancellor George Osborne.
Cranfield will partner Oxford University in training 50 engineering doctorate students over an eight-year period, admitting ten new students each year for five years, starting this October.
Cranford’s REMS centre director, Feargal Brennan, will lead the programme. REMS other partners include engineering consultancy Arup, utilities E.on and EDF, technical consultancy Fugro and construction group Skanska.
Brennan said the new centre would allow the UK to continue being a world leader in the development, implementation and cost-effective operation of offshore wind power.
Cranfield University is involved in the £2.8 million Nova project – an Energies Technologies Institute-backed initiative. The group was part of the development team that led to the Aerogenerator X-concept vertical axis wind turbine.
The 10MW turbine was designed to use a 270-metre diameter rotor blade on a floating platform. However, it did not progress beyond the design stage.