James McNaughton

I obtained my undergraduate degree in mathematics at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2008. I then moved to the University of Manchester where I obtained a masters with distinction in Theoretical and Applied Fluid Dynamics and a PhD using computational fluid dynamics to study tidal stream turbines. My PhD was supervised by Dr David Apsley and Dr Alistair Revell and funded by EDF through the ETI ReDAPT project.

Following my doctoral studies, I worked for tidal turbine developer Alstom Ocean Energy (later becoming GE Renewable Energy) as a Performance and Hydrodynamics Engineer and then for EDF Energy R&D UK Centre as a Research Engineer in offshore wind O&M. I am a member of the BSI Committee for Development of Standards in Wave and Tidal Energy and part of the IEC ad-hoc group for power performance of tidal energy converters.

I joined the Tidal Energy Research Group at the University of Oxford as a postdoc in March 2018, working with Prof. Richard Willden and Dr Christopher Vogel, investigating rotors designed for constructive interference.