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Richard Cochrane

Director of Education and Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy, University of Exeter

A Chartered Engineer with a passion for Renewable Energy and Engineering Design. A background in product development and energy in the built environment.

Designed and developed the Quiet Revolution QR5 helical vertical axis wind turbine. A fascinating project to have lead integrating class leading aerodynamics, composites, mechanical and structural engineering along with innovative control and performance monitoring systems.

The machine was the first and to date only Vertical Axis design to successfully achieve certification under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme in the UK.

I have assisted horizontal axis turbine manufacturers achieve certification for their turbines and worked on the design and optimisation of a number of different small wind turbines. Hydro Power

Oversaw the development and first installations of a high efficiency double regulated Kaplan turbine which included novel bearing designs, integration of PLC and conventional control systems and CFD optimsation.


  • –present
    Senior lecturer in renewable energy, University of Exeter

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Energy Institute
  • Fellow of the RSA