Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) Overview

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. NNMREC's mission is to close key gaps in scientific understanding of marine energy, facilitate commercialization of technology, and inform regulatory and policy decisions, with a focus on student growth and development. The universities have core strengths in wave, current, and offshore wind energy, supported by a diversity of funding sources.


NNMREC serves as an umbrella organization for marine renewable energy research and development on all three campuses, while the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) serves as an umbrella organization for all laboratory and field test facilities.


Primary NNMREC Contacts

Use the menus at the top to learn more about NNMREC's research at the University of Washington.


Click here to learn more about NNMREC's research at Oregon State University.


News and Recent Activities

  • 10/9/14 - APL-UW Video on NNMREC research around the ORPC RivGen turbine in Iguigig, AK
  • 1/3/13 - Seattle Times report on underwater noise in Admiralty Inlet - Noisy ships, ferries create racket below Puget Sound.
  • 11/21/12 - Article on tidal and wave energy featuring NNMREC in A Garden Life - The Power of Water.
  • 10/27/12 - MHK Tech Papers Archive/Blog

    To help aggregate and discuss the literature on marine renewable energy R&D, a community blog has been launched at mhktechpapers.wordpress.com. The blog consists of searchable entries for each technical paper, with the capacity to rate and comment on each. The blog's focus is on technology development, economics and resource assessment.

  • 12/15/11 - UW 360 December 2011: Tidal Energy

    Since this video was produced, based on analysis by two national laboratories, regulatory agencies and the PUD have agreed that it will be possible to operate the turbines when Southern Resident killer whales are present. Both the probability of a direct encounter (very low) and the severity of the consequences (bruising, at worst) are such that this presents a no risk scenario. The turbines and whales will be closely monitored by UW researchers during transits to learn about how whales are likely to interact with operating turbines.


  • 6/11/11 - Evaluating hydroacoustic technologies
  • 4/28/11 - The tidal energy environmental effects workshop report has been released. The workshop brought together over seventy experts from around the world to establish what is known about environmental effects of tidal energy development and determine high-priority areas for future research. The report lays out a prioritization for environmental effects studies, describes the challenges in trying to close knowledge gaps, and provides recommendations on how to move forward.

    Download a copy here.

  • 1/3/11 - Videography of November survey cruise courtesy of Joe Graber

  • 10/15/10 - King 5 news video showing the UW Sea Spider on the seabed in Admiralty Inlet.

  • 8/26/10 - Testing the ability of infrared cameras to detect marine mammals

    King 5 News - Cameras paint colorful orca portrait
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer - From black and white to technicolor

  • 2/12/10 - Instrumentation tripod redeployment in "rough" conditions

  • 4/15/09 - Recent press releases from Admiralty Inlet survey cruise