Welsh Crucible 2019
Michael obtained his M.Eng. in aeronautical engineering from the University of Glasgow, then completed a Ph.D. in the maths department at Cardiff University looking at small-scale turbulence in boundary layer flows. His current work is with the Marine Energy Research Group at Swansea University, dealing with a range of research topics around tidal stream energy. Most recently, his work has focussed on predicting turbine load fluctuations due to environmental variability, and the ability to decouple turbulence and waves in marine current measurements.
He is also involved in a large international project that aims to predict overall tidal turbine reliability and its knock-on effects on cost of energy. Michael is very enthusiastic about the ability of research to better understand tidal energy, to help support tidal power’s contribution to global decarbonisation of energy, and is keen to explore the technical, natural and social systems that tidal power interacts with.