Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

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Sarah Ollier

Sarah Ollier

PhD Research Student

Tel: +44 (0)1509 228262

Location: MBG.0.L01, Garendon Wing

Sarah’s Research is a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Cooperative Award in Science and Engineering (CASE) in conjunction with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult at Blyth. Her PhD at the Centre of Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), supervised by Professor Simon Watson, focuses on Improving Understanding and Parameterisation of the Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer (MABL) in Near Coastal Regions to Aid Offshore Wind Farm Development.

Before starting her PhD Sarah worked as an E.U. Leonardo da Vinci mobility funded Research Assistant at the Department of Geophysics, University of Zagreb. Her research focused on assessing the relationships between outdoor pollution sources and indoor concentrations. She finished her BSc (Hons) Environmental Science at the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester. Her research theme was modelling organic atmospheric aerosol particle influences on cloud droplet formation. She has also worked as a Research assistant for SUPERGEN BioEnergy and Life Cycle Assessment at Tyndall, University of Manchester. During her degree she was as a Leading and Learning Intern for the Royal Geographical Society.



The UK leads the world in terms of the installation of offshore wind farms. However, our understanding of the wind conditions offshore is limited compared with onshore, mainly due to the lack of offshore measurements. The performance and longevity of offshore wind turbines very much depends on the wind conditions in which the machines operate. Sarah’s research aims to provide a better understanding of the marine atmospheric boundary layer (MABL) in near coastal regions where offshore wind farms are frequently constructed. Sarah will combine statistical data analysis with numerical modelling approaches which will include mesoscale and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes to provide a better understanding of the MABL and to develop new scaling relationships more appropriate for the near coastal region (<100km). This project has the potential to make a real impact in terms of a better understanding of the operating environment for offshore wind farms.

Sarah is part of the CREST Wind Power Group http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/crest/research/windandwaterpower/





In press:

Influences of outdoor meteorological conditions on indoor wintertime short-term PM1 levels, Geofizika Klaic et al. (2016)