Dr. Penny Jeffcoate

Dr. Penny Jeffcoate

Head of Research and Development

Dr. Penny Jeffcoate is the Head of Research and Development at Sustainable Marine. She leads the performance testing, both in lab and field, and also runs the Research and Development programmes with the company’s academic and commercial research partners.

Following the completion of her PhD in tidal barrage engineering from University of Manchester, Penny undertook a postdoctoral research position in tidal energy at Queen’s University Belfast. During her PostDoc, Penny managed the testing of both an in-house tidal energy platform (TTT) and the first generation SCHOTTEL Instream turbine at Strangford Lough, working with a wide selection of international clients and partners. This research produced many significant peer-reviewed papers, including the award for Best Journal Paper in the International Journal for Marine Energy 2015.

Since joining Sustainable Marine in 2015, Penny leads the team during tank testing, site evaluation and field performance assessment, including assessing PLAT-I in Connel and Grand Passage field trials. She also coordinates and manages the in-house and collaborative research projects that the company has with world-leading universities and research institutions.

Penny also holds the post of Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at University of Southampton in Marine Energy Technologies at the University of Southampton (2018-2021). Within this post Penny works with the students to discuss engineering practices and methodology such as designing to client briefs, critical design analysis, and presenting design ideas. She also discusses gender diversity in engineering, and has hosted Women in Engineering events.

Penny is an avid sailor and has competed at an international level in both yachts and dinghies, and she now regularly races in the Solent in England and also volunteers on Cowes Lifeboat, a volunteer search and rescue lifeboat with the RNLI, based on the Isle of Wight.