• Placement Reference #: EQU/2019/046
  • Careerwise Placement
  • Glasgow
  • 29th March 2019

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is constantly looking to improve its research output and working environments. A key aspect of this is ensuring we build teams made up of diverse groups of thinkers and problem solvers, collaborating in supportive and inclusive environments. We know that the best results are achieved when different voices and different points of view are all brought together. In order to foster the next generation of game changing researchers, we have therefore established this internship program to demystify research and ensure the possibilities of academia are open to all.

This program offers fully funded 6 week internships, in areas of renewable energy research, to people between first year undergraduate and masters degree level studies. Each project sees a candidate joining a Strathclyde research team and working alongside them throughout. Interns will have a chance to see, experience and contribute to real life research, gaining valuable insight into PhD studies and academic life. They will also learn valuable skills which can aid them in their studies and future projects they might undertake. Most importantly, these projects will help bring the world of research out from behind closed doors, exposing new minds to a world of possibilities where their skills and insight can provide huge contributions in the years to come.


Job title: The “Green Salmon Farm”: investigation of an aquaculture feeding barge powered by renewable energy sources

Duration:  6 weeks

Salary:    £2000

Location:   Glasgow

Placement Ref:  EQU/2019/046


Background and motivation

This internship will be carried out in collaboration with the researchers working in the project “INNO-MPP, Investigation of the novel challenges of an integrated offshore Multi-Purpose Platform” (https://www.ukchn-core.com/project/inno-mpp/), including scientists and engineers from three different UK institutions. This project proposes a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling challenges facing the integration of different offshore technologies, such as renewable energy and aquaculture, in a Multi-Purpose Platform (MPP) system allowing for manufacturing, installation, operation, decommissioning and maintenance costs of different facilities to be shared. MPPs have the potential to save money, reduce overall impact and maximise socio-economic benefits.

Within this project, a typical offshore salmon aquaculture farm is considered, and in particular the aim is to answer the following question: can we substitute the diesel generator/s in the feeding barge, currently used to provide electricity, with a suitable set of small wind turbines, coupled with a power storage system?

What will you do?

A crucial step for the successful development of a Multi-Purpose Platform is the identification, in the early phases of the design, of the potential synergies among the different offshore systems (for example, the same maintenance vessel and crew can be trained to maintain both the wind turbine and the aquaculture system), in order to maximise them, and the potential tensions, or conflicts (for example, a wind turbine could potentially harm birds that are attracted by the nearby cultivated salmon), in order to eliminate/minimise them.

Within the INNO-MPP project, a novel methodology to identify these synergies and tensions has been developed, but it still needs to be applied to the “green salmon farm” case study. In order to do so, the intern will perform this multi-disciplinary analysis, discussing and working with engineers with expertise in offshore mechanics, wind turbine technology, power conversion technology, with marine biologists, and with social scientists. This will also give the intern a unique and wide overview of the offshore industry.

The intern will help to initiate and write up an article about the findings of the activities carried out, also gaining experience in academic writing and scientific journal paper writing.

Required skills and experience

This project is best suited to a student in their final years of study and with an engineering background. Candidates should have good communication skills and enjoy working across a diverse range of disciplines as part of a team.

This placement asks for a Personal Statement and a CV.