The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) is a partnership between the University of Washington, Oregon State University, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks supported by a range of federal and non-federal sponsors.


Our mission is to facilitate commercialization of marine energy technology, inform regulatory and policy decisions, and close key gaps in scientific understanding with a focus on student growth and development.

We work closely with a variety of stakeholders, including marine energy device developers, community members, ocean users, federal and state regulators, and government officials to conduct research on wave, tidal, in-river energy, and off-shore wind technologies.


NNMREC's objectives are to:

  1. Optimize individual marine energy devices and arrays to increase their energy capture, improve their reliability, and decrease their cost of energy.
  2. Evaluate potential environmental, ecosystem, and human dimension effects of marine energy technologies.
  3. Facilitate and conduct research to inform adaptive management of marine energy technologies.
  4. Improve forecasting, characterization, and assessment of marine energy resources.
  5. Through the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC), develop integrated, standardized facilities to serve U.S. and international developers of wave, tidal, and in-river energy devices.