Mr Michael Ridgill


I am carrying out research at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, as part of a PhD.  I have previously studied at the university, attaining a BSc(Hons) in Ocean Sciences, an MSc in Applied Physical Oceanography and a PGCE in Science with Physics (Secondary).  In between these periods of study, I have worked as an educator, both in the classroom and outside it, in the UK and Asia.


Access to electricity provides positive socio-economic impacts, but 1.2 billion people (16%) of the world's population are without this benefit.  Hydrokinetic energy conversion (HEC) offers a cost-effective, low-carbon source of electricity, appropriate for disadvantaged, rural communities, in developing nations.  In contrast to conventional hydropower, implementation is lower cost, quicker and faces less planning consent.  Lacking the construction of a dam, such projects are environmentally and socially less impactful.  A challenge that hinders deployment of HEC devices, is knowledge of suitable locations and methods for large-scale theoretical resource assessment, allowing the realisation of potential markets.  My research looks to utilise remote sensing and big data sets to aid the development of a solution to this problem.

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