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.


NNMREC serves as an integrated, standardized test center for U.S. and international developers of wave and tidal energy. Here, device and array optimization can be tested for effective deployment of wave and tidal energy technologies, improved forecasting of the wave energy resource can be made, and studies leading to the increased reliability and survivability of marine energy systems can be realized. NNMREC also evaluates the potential ecosystem and human dimensions impacts. It focuses on the compatibility of marine energy technologies with ocean and coastal environments and coastal users.


  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.