The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) is a DOE-funded partnership between Oregon State University and the University of Washington.
- Oregon State University is responsible for wave energy issues.
- University of Washington is responsble for tidal energy issues.
- Both will collaborate on outreach activities and information dissmenation.
NNMREC has a full range of capabilities to support wave and tidal energy development for the United States. NNMREC is structured to:
- Close key gaps in understanding through the support of baseline studies, on-going monitoring, and setting the technical, ecological, and human dimensions standards for marine energy projects;
- Educate and mentor the next generation of marine energy-related scientists, engineers, and educators in the U.S;
- Facilitate device commercialization through development of standards for validation and evaluation of devices;
- Inform regulatory and policy decisions, and;
- Inform and engage industry, science, and the public.
Tidal energy activities are structured around four key areas:
- Instrumentation for cost-effective characterization of sites and devices
- Optimization of arrays with respect to device orientation and placement
- Modeling of environmental effects of extraction for both near-field and far-field
- Improved reliability and survavibility of devices through use of advanced composites
Research at UW-NNMREC is supported through grants, contracts, and fellowships:
- UW-NNMREC core grant - US Department of Energy - $1.25M over 5 years (50% non-federal cost share)
- 2010 Congressionally Directed Project - US Department of Energy
- Industry-led consortia (US Department of Energy FOAs) (2009, 2010)
- National Laboratory-led consortia (US Department of Energy FOAs) (2009)
- Private donors - Martin Marine Fellowship (2010-2012)