Dr Philipp R. Thies is a Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) at the University of Exeter. He holds a Dipl.-Wi.-Ing. degree in Energy- and Environmental Energy from the University of Flensburg (Germany) and a PhD in Renewable Energy from the University of Exeter (UK).
His research interest lies in the reliability engineering of renewable energy technologies with a focus on offshore energy. He has developed novel component reliability testing approaches, Bayesian statistical analysis approaches for situations of data uncertainty and has been deeply involved in several national and international research and industry-led projects seeking to technology demonstration in the field and at large-scale in the lab. His work has aligned computational modelling with application driven design improvements and extensive planning, execution and evaluation of component reliability and testing campaigns. He was the Principal Investigator in the UK-China Newton Fund Marine Energy Challenge project “Energy absorbing mooring systems: Risk-based investigation for high intensity typhoon conditions in China” (EP/M019942/1).
The project investigated novel mooring solutions for extreme load conditions in China. He also the academic PI on an industry-led project funded by Innovate UK, titled “Dynamic Load Reduction and Station Keeping Mooring System for Floating Offshore Wind” (Grant Ref :101970) and is acting as the Program Lead for the BEng/MEng Energy Engineering.