Dr Tombari is based in the University of Brighton's Sustainability and Resilience Engineering Research and Enterprise Group, as well as working in its internationally recognised Advanced Engineering Centre. He is receiving a New Investigator Award grant of £220,947 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for the study.
A key focus will be to examine how taller and larger wind turbines required worldwide to boost wind-generated energy in coming years can deal with stronger storms and taller waves caused by climate change. UK expertise in wind turbines will also open expansion into emerging markets involving construction of new wind farms in developing countries facing risks of natural events unlikely here, such as earthquakes or tsunamis.
In 2020, 20% of the UK's electricity was obtained from onshore and offshore wind farms, but in order to increase this percentage and help the UK address its climate change targets, new wind farms with taller and larger wind turbines – and situated in more extreme locations - are planned.