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Dr Tessa Gordelier

Research Fellow


Telephone: 01326 253752


Tessa’s research interests lie in the development of the marine renewable energy sector. Her research has a particular focus on component reliability assessment and the development of novel solutions for the sector. Much of her work has revolved around mooring systems for highly dynamic floating MRE devices, with her PhD Thesis entitled "Enhcancing Wave Energy Developments through Mooring System Reliability Assessment".  This work involved a significant amount of physical testing utilising both the Dynamic Marine Component Test Facility (DMaC) and the South West Mooring Test Facility (SWMTF), in addition to collaboration with IFREMER through the Marinet Programme.

Tessa’s background is in Mechanical Engineering; she holds a MEng, is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Energy Engineer. Prior to joining the Renewable Energy Team, Tessa’s professional experience includes four years as Energy Manager at the University of the West of England, Bristol; work as a Design and Commissioning Engineer for Engineering Consultancy CYNA Ltd; and a Trainee Engineer position in the Reliability and Mechatronics Research department of TRW Conekt. Her practical energy management experience makes a useful contribution to the undergraduate Energy Management Module.


Tessa is currently working on two projects:

  • SUPERGEN 3+: Investigating the use of polymer optical fibres (POFs) for the condition monitoring of synthetic mooring ropes. This work is funded by the EPSRC through the SUPERGEN Marine program.
  • Marine-i: A £9.3 million collaborative project set up to support local businesses in the development of marine innovations. This work is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is focused on the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly region.

Prior to these roles Tessa worked on the Horizon 2020 project, OPERA. This collaborative European project is working to reduce the cost of wave energy by trialling several marine innovations through a 24 month program of sea trials in the Bay of Biscay, Spain.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • PhD Renewable Energy, 2016.  
  • Associate Fellow of the HEA, 2014 – Present.
  • University of Exeter ASPIRE Assoicate Fellowship, 2014 - Present.
  • Certificate in Advanced Study: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2014.
  • Member of the Energy Institute, 2012 – Present.
  • Chartered Engineer, 2012 – Present.
  • Chartered Energy Engineer, 2012 – Present. 
  • European Energy Manger Qualification, 2011. 
  • PRINCE 2 Practitioner, 2010 – 2015.
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering, Bristol University, 2006.


  • Engineering and Physical Sciences PhD Studentship under the SuperGen Marine Consortium. 2012 – 2016.
  • Best Poster Prize (Co-author). SuperGen UKCMER Annual Assembly. November 27, 2015. Edinburgh, UK. 
  • 3rd Prize for Oral Presentation. Postgraduate Research Conference. March 21, 2014. Cornwall, UK. 
  • Best Poster Prize. SuperGen UKCMER Annual Assembly. November 28, 2014. Edinburgh, UK. 
  • Awarded MARINET funding through the EU’s FP7 framework. This provided financial support to enable 2 weeks of test work at the IFREMER Materials in a Marine Environment Laboratory, Brest, France. 2014. 
  • Yoshia Masuda Memorial Award for Best Young Researcher. 10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, September 2-5, 2013. Aalborg, Germany.