What We Do

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. We work closely with a variety of stakeholders, including device developers, community members, ocean users, federal and state regulators, and government officials, to conduct research about wave energy, provide test sites for prototype devices, and assist developers with planning and permitting activities.

NNMREC’s objectives are to:

  • Develop its facilities to serve as an integrated, standardized test center for U.S. and international developers of wave and tidal energy;
  • Evaluate potential environmental, ecosystem, and human dimension impacts, focusing on the compatibility of marine energy technologies in areas with sensitive environments and existing users;
  • Facilitate and conduct research to inform adaptive management of marine energy technologies;
  • Study and consult on device and array optimization for effective deployment of wave and tidal energy technologies;
  • Improve forecasting of the wave energy resource; and
  • Increase reliability and survivability of marine energy systems.

NNMREC’s faculty and students come from civil, electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering, oceanography, marine biology, sociology, and public policy. Faculty from the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory are actively engaged in NNMREC research.