Daniel Ruben da Silva Pinto Clemente
MSc. Daniel Clemente is a PhD researcher at U.Porto and CIIMAR (Portugal), who also graduated from the same institution, and develops his research on marine renewable energies (MRE) since his master thesis study of a novel wave energy concept based on multipurpose offshore floating platforms - the E-Motions. He started his doctoral studies in 2017 alongside the Se@Ports research project, aimed at the development of hybrid wave energy converter solutions for the ports of Leixões and Las Palmas. Afterwards, he was integrated into the team responsible for the i.nano.WEC project, which aimed to develop the first marine buoy incorporating a highly efficient energy harvesting system based on triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs). In 2020, he was awarded an FCT Ph.D. grant (2020.05280.BD), following on the conclusion of the i.nano.WEC project. His research, thus far, has included 2D and 3D physical modelling of offshore and nearshore wave energy converters in the SHRHA's wave basin, as well as numerical modelling of these devices through the application of programs such as ANSYS Aqwa, DualSPHysics and SWAN. In 2018 and 2019, he was selected for a collaboration with the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) and University of Vigo (UVigo), respectively, as a part of the IACOBUS exchange program. He was also selected, in 2020 and 2021, for a Short-Term Scientific Mission, within the scope of WECANet COST ACTION CA17105, to the University of Maynooth and the University of Plymouth, respectively. His research interests focus on the development of MRE technologies, namely the E-Motions device, as well as their potential applications and beneficial synergies with other technologies and fields, such as aquaculture, triboelectric nanogenerators, desalination, hydrogen production and coastal protection.