Marine Energy Utilization Research Division
Short introduction of the division:
The Marine Energy Utilization Research Division focuses on the research and development of marine energy utilization. This is realized by the multidisciplinary application of technological expertise in both the Engineering Department and the Department of Fisheries.
Engineering research focuses on the application of mechatronics to provide robotic assistance and IoT (Internet of Things - providing system interconnectivity, data sharing etc.) to support a fully integrated and largely autonomous marine energy network as shown in Fig. 1.
Specific components of this network include a wide range of marine based power generating mechanisms, the submarine feed cables and underwater robots help support this system. One such generator is the floating wind turbine and associated mooring cables, underwater charging (for the robots), structural inspection robots, environmental monitoring AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles), underwater monitoring systems. The networking can for example allow maintenance staff or equipment manufacturers to be directly advised of machine or system problems. The range of equipment and systems represented is significant and thus involves a wide range of disciplines.
The field of Fisheries Applied Science includes fishery, aquaculture, and other industries that utilize marine energy and related facilities to establish the next-generation of fishery industries to protect the marine environment and ensure ecosystem conservation as well as economic sustainability. This marine technology is been developed in cooperation with researchers in various fields, including development of the next generation fishery systems to support intelligent (semi-autonomous) aquaculture.
In order to raise practical high level researchers in this field we have signed MOUs (memorandum of understanding) to work together with such universities as the University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University and Stirling University in the UK and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Fig. 1: Architecture of marine technology cluster based on marine energy
Mechatronics Research Unit
We are conducting leading edge research in developing advanced robot mechatronics systems. For example the development of an underwater probe designed to inspect underwater structures is shown in Fig. 2. A number of fully controllable lifelike robotic fish have been developed shown in Fig. 3. An autonomous vessel has been developed to treat algae in lakes Fig. 4. A drone has been developed to take water samples Fig. 5. An oscillating head based tidal generator mechanism under development is shown in Fig. 6. A wave to power generating mechanism under development is shown in Fig. 7. A transfer mechanism to allow crew members to safely transfer from such as a boat to a platform under rough conditions Fig. 8. The development of marine strength rope, smart underwater cables, underwater charging, optimized control for floating wind power clusters and intelligent breading systems Fig. 9. The above mentioned IoT is also an inherent part of mechatronic system development.
Fisheries Applied Science Unit
Development and research of new marine and fishery technologies that utilize marine energy and related facilities in order to build the next-generation marine fishery industry that ensures conservation and economic sustainability of the marine environment and ecosystem. In order to realize this, researchers from a wide variety of specialities, such as marine biology, nutritional science, political science and economics, are collaborating to undertake interdisciplinary research related to fisheries, aquaculture and the fishery processing industry.