It was a great shame that we were not able to meet up in person as we had done in October 2018 and September 2019 but we were keen to share the latest news and progress on the research with all our project members so we held a virtual event in place of the usual conference-type scenario.
On Thursday 25th February, our Principal Investigators and Work Package Leaders gave summary reports on the research progress and some useful and interested discussions took place. In addition, all the Post-Doctoral Research Associates and PhD students at the three Universities created short, 5 minute video presentations of their work and these were made available to all project members in advance of the event. The videos have been judged by members of our Management and Advisory Boards and prizes awarded for the best ones. A selection of the presentations is available to view below.
Over 60 people attended, including members of our Advisory Board and a representative from EPSRC, and we have received positive feedback from all groups which we much appreciate. A meeting of the Advisory Board took place the following week from which a series of recommendations have been put to the project for review and reflection over the next twelve months.
We very much hope to be able to hold a face-to-face event again next year in the city of Durham.

Weijiang Lin and Chris Lindley, PhD students in the Dynamics Research Group at the University of Sheffield, with their prizes from the video presentation competition.
Richard Williams, from Durham University, won the prize for the best PDRA presentation.
We are grateful to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for providing the prizes.

Sumeet Singh Thakur. PhD student, Electrical Machines and Drives Group, University of Sheffield, Work Package 1.
“Modular Multilevel Medium Voltage Converters for Megawatt Offshore Wind Power Conversion Systems”.

Rajesh Kumar. PhD student, Electrical Machines and Drives Group, University of Sheffield, Work Package 1.
“Transverse Flux Permanent Magnet Machine for Wind Power

Aidan Duffy. PhD student, Durham University, Work Package 2.
“Improving Aerodynamic Performance of Offshore Wind Turbines With Respect to Blade Leading Edge Erosion”.

Tarun Choudhary. Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Hull, Work Package 4.
“Voxel-based Finite Element Modelling for Blade Design and Optimisation”.

Giuliano Pretti. PhD student, Durham University, Work Package 4.
“Material Point Modelling of Drag Anchors for Cable Risk Assessment”.

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