About

Welcome to NNMREC! Click the bold links to learn more about our:

Leadership & Support Team
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Affiliated Faculty
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Partnerships
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Mission & Objectives
Learn about our why NNMREC was established.

Also, click here to Contact Us.

(Pictured here) NNMREC helps launch a TRIAXYS buoy for ocean monitoring. Marine energy holds great promise to help meet our energy needs; it is renewable and sustainable, and estimates predict that nearly one-third of the U.S. energy needs can be met through this technological format. However, it is important to fully understand the potential risks and benefits of this energy source as the industry moves forward. NNMREC’s job is to facilitate marine energy development by bringing science to bare on the technical, environmental, and social dimensions of these ocean energy technologies.

People

Learn more about the diverse group of individuals involved with the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center.

Leadership and Support Team
Core NNMREC personnel.

Affiliated Faculty
OSU faculty with research/interests coinciding with NNMREC endeavors.

Photo: Dr. Annette von Jouanne leads a tour of her laboratory.

Mission & Objectives

Mission

Our mission is to facilitate commercialization of marine energy technology, inform regulatory and policy decisions, and close key gaps in scientific understanding with a focus on student growth and development.

We work closely with a variety of stakeholders, including marine energy device developers, community members, ocean users, federal and state regulators, and government officials to conduct research on wave, tidal, in-river energy, and off-shore wind technologies.

Objectives

  • Optimize individual marine energy devices and arrays to increase their energy capture, improve their reliability, and decrease their cost of energy
  • Evaluate potential environmental, ecosystem, and human dimension interactions with and effects of marine energy technologies
  • Facilitate and conduct research to inform adaptive management of marine energy technologies
  • Improve forecasting, characterization, and assessment of marine energy resources
  • 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

Our Story

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!

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.

Contact Us

NNMREC Headquarters Location:
Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
350 Batcheller Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331

Phone: (541) 737-6138

Email: contactnnmrec@engr.oregonstate.edu

 

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