Sam Wilks joined RCG’s Floating Offshore Wind team in September 2022. He has experience working on technical aspects of offshore renewable energy project development and recently finished a Mechanical Engineering with Renewable Energy MEng, having specialised in offshore wind and hydrogen research.
Sam has a year of experience in offshore renewable energy project development and engineering consultancy.
As part of a small engineering team working on a 1.35 GW floating offshore wind power and 5 MW wave energy conversion projects off the west coast of Ireland, Sam worked on alternative route to market research (involving hydrogen and e-fuels), technology selection and cost modelling (for LCOE and LCOH projections). He is focused on developing expertise in the technical and commercial aspects of renewable energy projects.
Sam’s master’s thesis assessed the stability of hydrogen and methane flames in power generation and household heating applications, via numerical simulations. This work is being published and built understanding on the feasibility of hydrogen as a de-carbonisation route for these sectors.
Sam is working towards chartership through the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
- Preliminary Front-End Engineering Floating Offshore Wind Project Development
- Site selection, optimised technology selection, route-to-market analysis, stakeholder engagement and cost projections.
- Direct Numerical Simulations of Hydrogen and Methane Flames
- Assessment of the influence of instabilities in hydrogen flames, in comparison to methane flames.
- Wind Energy Analysis
- Energy yield assessments and computational fluid dynamics simulations of flows around aerofoils.