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 NNMREC and wave energy.
NNMREC is pleased to announce that we're branding our marine energy converter testing facilities as the Pacific Marine Energy Center or PMEC. Just as the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) has a variety of sites based on scale and technology, PMEC will encompass the range of test facilities available to the marine energy industry. PMEC includes scaled laboratory testing facilities for wave and current converters and intermediate and full scale open water wave converter testing facilities. NNMREC supports scaled laboratory testing on the OSU campus at the Wallace Energy Systems and Renewable Facilities and the wave tanks at the O.H. Hinsdale test facility.On the UW campus, NNMREC provides testing support at a current flume and small-scale wave flume at the Harris Hydraulics Laboratory.
For intermediate scale wave energy devices, UW supports open water testing in Puget Sound and in Lake Washington. For a full scale wave energy resource, the Newport North Energy Test Site (NETS) can accommodate devices up to 100kW connected to the Ocean Sentinel, and larger devices if no grid emulation or connection is required. The grid-connected site currently under development (initially referred to as "PMEC") will be referred to as the Newport South Energy Test Site (SETS). SETS will serve as the utility-scale wave energy test facility for the US, and is expected to be available for device testing in 2016. Over time, our vision is to add other wave and current test facilities to the PMEC portfolio to create a global hub for marine renewable energy development.