Welcome to the Northwest National
Marine Renewable Energy Center!
Welcome to the web site for the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC). NNMREC is one of three U.S. Department of Energy-funded centers charged with facilitating the development of marine renewable energy technology via research, education, and outreach. Established in 2008, NNMREC is a partnership between Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Washington (UW). While OSU focuses on wave energy, UW’s emphasis is tidal energy. In 2011 NNMREC’s research agenda expanded to include offshore wind energy as well.
NNMREC faculty and students investigate technical, environmental, and social dimensions of these ocean energy technologies, and perform research that fills knowledge gaps. Through this research, students are becoming industry pioneers, educating themselves in these promising new energy fields. NNMREC itself serves as a neutral voice of science and engineering to inform the public and decision-makers about the effects and capabilities of wave, tidal, and offshore wind energy technologies.
Please explore this web site to learn more about wave energy and NNMREC’s role in facilitating its development.
SPECIAL: NNMREC selects Newport, Oregon as home of Pacific Marine Energy Center
The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) has chosen Newport, Ore., as the future site of the first utility-scale, grid-connected wave energy test site in the United States – the Pacific Marine Energy Center.