Professor of Tsinghua University visits Tuspark Newcastle

Daoyi Chen, professor of Tsinghua University, Director of the Ocean Technology Research Centre of Tsinghua University, Head of Division of Ocean Science and Technology, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, visited Tuspark Newcastle and ORE Catapult. He was warmly welcomed by Kevin Lin, President of TUS UK.

Prof. Chen was an academic staff in University of Manchester and Chair of Maritime Engineering in University of Liverpool.  His research covers renewable energy, coastal engineering and water environment. His team has developed wave tanks with local wind tunnel for wind-wave interaction studies in Shenzhen. An area of ocean field is also developed as a public platform for testing the long-term reliability of renewable energy devices at large sizes of about 1/3 to 1/5 full scale.

He is very interested in establishing collaborations in both research and teaching in ocean technology and engineering.

Mr Lin led Prof. Chen in exploring Tuspark Newcastle, while indicated the general situation of Tuspark Newcastle Eagle Lab, which is the largest innovation network globally, as well as the overall development strategy of Tuspark UK, especially the connections with universities.

Prof. Chen also visited ORE Catapult, which is delivering the UK’s largest clean growth opportunity by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in offshore renewable energy. A discussion was held following this visit.

In the discussion, Mr Lin firstly indicated TUS UK’s overarching concept of “Two Countries, Twin Science Parks”.

“We’ve been working on building a bridge to connect innovations between China and the UK,” he said. “We also wish to apply the Triple Helix model to promote the connection between Research, Academic and Industry, helping more innovations and research achievements to industrialize.”

James Battensby, from ORE Catapult said, “We’re focusing on addressing the latest research and disruptive technology for the offshore renewable energy sector, as well as deliver products and services in the field of research and innovation. We’re delighted to work with Tuspark UK, who facilitated the collaboration of Tus—Wind, ORE Catapult and Yantai Hi-Tech Zone to create a new research centre to help accelerate offshore wind technology innovation.”

Prof. Chen thanked Tuspark UK and ORE Catapult for their welcome: “ORE Catapult has played a significant role in field of offshore technology and innovations, its unique facilities, research and engineering capabilities bring together industry and academia, and drive innovation.”

“Tuspark’s innovation network brings more opportunities to these innovations, helping them transfer their research achievements as well as expanding their markets globally.”