André Pacheco Personal WebSite

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APPROVED PROJECTS

Three projects related with tidal energy:

WATTAGE - Workability Aspects of Tidal Turbine Arrays on producing Green Energy (OceanEra Joint Call 2014) - start schedule for 1st August 2016

SCORE - Sustainability of using Ria Formosa Currents On Renewable Energy production (funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology FCT - PTDC/AAG-TEC/1710/2014) - started on 1st July 2016

IF - Exploring new concepts for extracting energy from tides (funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology FCT- IF2014/00286);

ALL THE INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE ASSESSED THROUGH THE MARINE OFFSHORE RENEWABLE ENERGY TEAM WEBSITE (MORE)

 

SUMMER SCHOOL

Together with Drª SusanaCostas, we organized the 1st CIMA Summer School: CoastTools - Building up Knowledge on Coastal Processes. The CoastTools has the objective to provide young scientists, focussing on marine sciences and coastal processes, with the principles and techniques that will allow them to explore the dynamics of complex coastal systems. The 1st editions was on the Summer 2015 and the next will be on Summer 2017.

 

ABOUT ME

My domain of specialisation are coastal processes and the collection of field data (topography, bathymetric, currents/wave data), focusing on nearshore hydrodynamics, sediment transport, and bathymetric change on time scales of hours to years. I dedicated my first years of research on understanding along/cross-shore processes at different time-scales (storm-induced, seasonal, inter-annual and log-term) in the association with human induced shoreline changes. My PhD research was devoted on studying the hydro/morphodynamic evolution of Ria Formosa (Algarve, Portugal), one of the two multi-inlet systems of European coasts. My effort was focus on understanding the interaction between interconnect tidal inlets (multiple inlet system), in which concerns to the tidal prism distribution, residual flow, system equilibrium and sediment budget.

Today my focus is on marine renewable energies, particularly tidal energy extraction potential on confined channels and impact evaluation from exploration combining numerical modelling tools and field data. I aim to understand what are the best way to evaluate the power extraction potential from a local site; understand how to evaluate technology impact on flow field changes and how the environment influences the energy extraction efficiency; develop correct methodologies to evaluate the maximum limit for the extracted energy without significant environmental impacts; develop new technologies to extract energy from the tides, based on floatable concepts, micro-generation principles and bio-engineering concepts.

On the side bar you can check my detailed CV, access my research topics, consult the project which I am/was participating and have an idea of my equipment skills,read the abstract of my publication record and access some useful links. If you want to contact me, please see contact detail at webpage footer. Hope to interact and work with you in the future!

Cheers,

André.