One of the pillars of our research is the work carried out by our young researchers through the development of their PhDs.

Through this new activity that will be held regularly, we want to share the open research lines in the different fields of Offshore Renewable Energy. They will be short sessions with information about what is being done.

The first session is scheduled the 21st July at 11h and will be composed of 3 short talks about our research on Artificial Intelligence for Offshore Renewable Energy.

This is a joint activity with the JRL-ORE. For more information contact:



Lander Galera, Predoctoral Researcher at UPV/EHU


Title: Numerical modeling of the design and testing process of a floating platform for offshore wind


Topic: CFD numerical modeling is a tool that is gaining weight in the industry in recent years. Despite its computational cost, the development of increasingly powerful computers means that small companies or individual users can access considerable computational power. For this reason, we focus on the different tests that are carried out in the development of these structures to support their design and evolution until achieving 1: 1 scale prototypes.
We have focused on the correct definition of the computational volumes for each test as well as their optimization, to be able to validate these meshes with experimental data and verify their correct behavior.

Finally, we want to develop the application of neural networks that help accelerate this process so that, in the future, it can be applied in the industry and simulations can provide vital data without slowing down the pace of design and construction of models and prototypes of this type of structure.



Nicolás Gorostidi, Research Assistant and PhD candidate at BCAM – UPV/EHU


Title: Structural Health Monitoring of Components of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines using Deep Neural Networks


Topic: Nicolás will shortly present his scientific background, as well as objectives and state of the art of his PhD proposal; moreover he will present some results of the project VIVIR funded by the Iberdrola Foundation.



Jesús Gonzaléz Sieiro, Internship and PhD candidate at BCAM -UPV-EHU


Title: New paradigm in Offshore Simulations : CFD + AI


Topic: Jesús will shortly present his scientific background, as well as objectives and state of the art of his PhD proposal.


Impetus will be given to short research stays between academics and exchanges between students, along with consolidating the number of students jointly supervised between universities of the Euroregion, such as those between the University of the Basque Country and Bordeaux on different academic programmes, and extending it to the Public University of Navarra. The UPNA has 3 PhD programmes: PhD in Economics, Company and Law, PhD in Economics, Organisation and Management, and PhD in Communication Technologies, Bioengineering and Renewable Energies.

In Nouvelle-Aquitaine, students on the Master’s Degree in “Governance of the Ecological Transition” (GTE) and “Expert in Public Affairs/Public Commercial Law” (EAP/DPA) at Sciences Po Bordeaux will be able to take part in several of the RENOVABLES project activities, along with the students on the Eramus Mundus Master in Renewable Energy in the marine Environment (REM) and the recently awarded REM+. The REM Master has just been nominated for the 2020 ATLANTIC PROJECT AWARDS, whose winners will be announced at the Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference (ASPC2020) to be held on 19 November, where the nominees will have a virtual space within the conference.

Initiative where ISC-UPNA with Estia (Bayonnea) are working together and where companies set challenges that the students in multidisciplinary teams must solve or propose solutions. Challenges relating to the offshore sector will be proposed here.

In this regard, the aim is to apply for a project in this field in the MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS, Innovative Training Networks (ITN), call 2021, involving several of the project partners and other European partners. Preparation has been underway since last year and several more of the project’s partners will be invited to take part.

An IBERO-AMERICAN MARINE ENERGY NETWORK proposal has been made in the CYTED networks aimed at creating a science and technical cooperation framework to accelerate the pooling of expertise, experiences and human resources training, and which act as a catalyst of specific initiatives related to R&D&I, for the future harnessing of the sea as a renewable energy asset and which contributes to meeting SDGs 7, 13 and 15 with low greenhouse gas and climate change resilient projects. The RENOVABLES Coordinator would be the representative for Spain in that network.

This activity will be conducted with the UPNA Renewable Energy Chair, which will be held in March 2021 and 2022 respectively. The aim is to bring together academic and industrial ME experts, along with partners of the other two regions in the different talks and workshops.

This activity will be conducted with the annual Euskampus ME Conference, which will be held in June 2021 and 2022 respectively, which aim is to bring together academic and industrial ME experts, along with partners of the other two regions in the different talks and workshops.

The project representatives will actively take part in the Euskampus Bordeaux eguna in 2021. The 2020-21 academic year marks the tenth anniversary of the implementation of the Euskampus Campus of International Excellence of the UPV/EHU, Tecnalia and the DIPC, and the start of the Crossborder Campus with Bordeaux University. This year’s event will be held in Bilbao.

In general, the aim is for RENOVABLES project partners to take part as speakers presenting the projects in different forums organised by authorities of the three territories (Communautés d’Agglomération du Pays Basque, de La Rochelle, Provincial Council, municipalities, Autonomous Communities or Region…) and/or at national or European level related to RE, RME, blue economy, coastal and marine resources, territorial cooperation, crossborder cooperation and University-Company.

There will be a closer relationship with TRANSMATH, the crossborder laboratory that was created in December 2018 as an agreement between Bordeaux University, the CNRS and the INP of Bordeaux on the French side, and the UPV/EHU-BCAM-TECNALIA on the Spanish side. Research into marine renewable energies is one of the strongest areas of this partnership and with the JRL-ORE which is the common research laboratory in marine renewable energies, consisting of 3 entities: UPV/EHU-BCAM-TECNALIA.

Its aim is to increase the level of the research results regarding its impact on the business world and society in general, strengthening the research links between the parties to harness the synergies between them and achieve critical masses in the agreed scientific and technological areas.

Finally, current agreements will be strengthened with open-access journals indexed in JCR (Journal Citations Report) and the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, Journal of Applied Sciences and Energies published by MDPI, and other Applied Ocean Research and Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, ELSEVIER Energy Reports and IOPSCIENCE Environmental Research Letters.  Scientific publications will be sent out under favourable economic terms to disseminate the result of the research of the RENOVABLES partners, as has been the case up to now.