Dr Ian Couchman

Group Leader – Renewables Technology

I help clients develop, deploy and operate renewables technologies to accelerate a greener future.

My biography

I am Frazer-Nash’s Group Leader for renewables technology and manage a team of fantastic engineers working on complex, meaningful problems relating to green energy and energy transition.  I have over ten years’ project experience, working for OEMs, developers and operators, primarily within the wind sector.  

From a technology development perspective, I have worked extensively on the design of new control features to improve the balance of turbine loads with energy production. This has ranged from linear analysis and simulation studies to site testing, fleet roll-out and long-term performance monitoring. It has also concerned both turbine level and farm level algorithms.

Within projects for turbine OEMs and industry consortia I have been involved in the research and development of new technologies spanning novel turbine concepts, sensors / actuators (including LiDAR), control features, operating strategies and development tools / processes.

In support of project development, I have delivered site-specific loads calculations sites both in Europe and in Asia. I have also been lucky enough to work on floating wind for over 10 years from the first WindFloat prototype up to the latest pre-commercial projects. This has included loads analysis, control design, certification, commissioning, and operational performance assessment.

As part of my continued interested in floating wind, I am currently leading the Carbon Trust FLW-JIP Yield project investigating aspects of energy yield assessment for commercial floating wind farms.

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