With our mission objectives in bold, this page guides readers through the discovery of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC). Since 1998, Oregon State University (OSU) has been building a multidisciplinary wave energy program. Beginning in 2004, this program began proposing a National Marine Renewable Energy Center headquartered at OSU, which became NNMREC. Even before entitling, our program has been highly successful, developing 13 wave energy converter (WEC) prototypes by 2013.
Having gone through the complex processes involved in designing and testing WECs, NNMREC found itself in a promising position to begin facilitating the commercialization of marine energy technology. NNMREC launched the off-grid, open-ocean North Energy Test Site (NETS; pictured below, right) in summer 2012 and is presently in the permitting phase of developing the grid-connected, open-ocean South Energy Test Site (SETS; plan pictured left). Bringing with them additional testing sites and expertise in tidal energy, the University of Washington has been a key partner in NNMREC, and in addition, the University of Alaska Fairbanks has since joined the NNMREC team.
Collectively, all of NNMREC's testing sites, in laboratories and open waters, are referred to as the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC). Click here to learn more about PMEC and its facilities, click here to read more about the planning of SETS and NETS, and click here to find out what it takes to deploy and retrieve NETS' Ocean Sentinel Instrumentation Buoy.
Alongside testing, NNMREC has a strong research program, closing key gaps in scientific understanding with a focus on student growth and development (pictured here: students present at NNMREC's 2014 Annual Meeting). Through NNMREC, students have had unique, professionally-relevant experiences from collaborating abroad to deploying buoys from kayaks. Please click here to explore what else our students are up to!
Also, an important part of investigating marine renewable energy is understanding environmental effects. Our Environmental Researches are establishing an environmental baseline (click here for more) so that we can later characterize changes when we're testing marine energy technology while informing regulatory and policy decisions.
Among these endeavors, NNMREC affiliated faculty collaborate and engage with others to share marine energy knowledge. Click here to learn more about Our Global Reach, and stay tuned with our progress by subscribing to our newsletter. Thanks for your interest!