The availability of energy sources has been extremely important for mankind since the age of industrialisation. Read more Read less

At present, a number of energy sources are utilised on a large scale: coal, oil, gas cover 80% and nuclear energy covers about 7% of the global primary energy supply. Although gas, oil and coal reserves may still be available until the end of this century, ultimately it will get increasingly difficult and costly to extract these resources to satisfy an increasing global energy demand. Besides, the issue of global warming has resulted in growing pressure to switch to renewable sources (e.g. solar, wind, wave, tidal, geothermal, ocean thermal etc.) to reduce carbon emissions. This module aims to provide the student with a knowledge and understanding of the technologies used in capturing renewable sources of energy from the marine environment.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1,700. Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Apply a sound knowledge of the various technologies that have been developed and proposed for harnessing offshore wind energy, wave energy and tidal steam energy
  • Identify and apply the science, technology and engineering that is directly transferable from the offshore oil and gas industry, to the offshore renewable energy sector
  • Work effectively within the offshore renewable energy sector (having gained skills and knowledge from other parts of the course). Benefit from an awareness of present research and technical developments in this field.

Core content

  • Wind turbines: design, mounting/mooring arrangements, installation. Failure mechanisms, design of wind environment, aerodynamic characteristics of horizontal and vertical axis wind turbines, boundary element method, momentum method, boundary element momentum method
  • Wave energy: energy within water wave, description and operation of various systems proposed and in use for inshore and offshore application, design of wave environment, maximum power absorption from ocean waves, hydrodynamic characteristics of wave energy converters, response of floating structures, fluid-structure interactions, time and frequency domain numerical methods both in two and three dimension
  • Tidal energy: current stream devices, barrage systems, hydrodynamics characteristics of tidal devices, wave and current effects, fluid-structure interactions, time and frequency domain numerical methods both in two and three dimension
  • Energy storage, transmission and distribution: issues and solutions.

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10 Credits

This course is delivered through a balanced combination of lectures and practical sessions. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

Course is recognised as a module in full MSc courses: 

Who should attend

The course will benefit naval architect, mechanical, electrical, civil/structural engineers and technicians who are or plan to be involved in the development of offshore wind and marine energy.


All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course. The course is accredited by Energy Institute (EI).


  • Dr Fuat Kara - Lecturer - Offshore & Renewable Energy T
  • Professor John Oakey - Professor of Energy Technology
  • Mr Tim Brewer - Senior Lecturer
  • Mr Andrew Mills - Principal Research Fellow Composites Manufacturing
  • Mr Ben Barton
  • Ms Dee Nunn


10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance. 10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site. Discounts can be combined.

Accommodation options and prices

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

 Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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