The Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) is a collection of scaled laboratory, intermediate, and full-scale open-water test facilities for marine energy converters. These facilities serve wave, tidal current, and in-river testing in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. NNMREC is developing the PMEC portfolio into a global hub for marine renewable energy research and testing. 

Utility-Scale Open Water

Resource Site Info

The North Energy Test Site (NETS) serves as PMEC's non-grid-connected test facility for individual wave energy converters (WECs) and arrays in a highly energetic environment off the coast of Newport, Oregon. In depths of 45 - 55 m, WECs or arrays that produce 100 kW peak power can be connected to the Ocean Sentinel for grid emulation May - October. WECs or arrays with larger peak powers can be deployed for self-contained testing year round.

The South Energy Test Site* (SETS), when complete in 2017, will serve as PMEC's grid-connected test facility for individual WECs and arrays off the coast of Newport, Oregon. SETS spans depths of 65 - 78 m in highly energetic ocean wave resource.


The Tanana River Test Site (TRTS) serves as PMEC's in-river test facility for hydrokinetic energy converters in the Tenana River just outside of Nenana, Alaska. Available at TRTS are testing capabilities for determining power generation performance in natural flow conditions of currents up to 3 m/s, as well as technology for monitoring interactions between river energy converters and the river environment (especially fisheries).

Scaled Open Water

Resource Site Info

The Lake Washington Test Site* (LWTS) serves as PMEC's test facility for scaled wave, current, and tidal-current energy converters in Lake Washington of Seattle, Washington. Available at LWTS is an environment with 0.5 m waves and depths up to 55 m.


The Puget Sound Test Site* (PSTS) serves as PMEC's test facility for scaled wave, current, and tidal-current energy converters in Puget Sound of Seattle, Washington. Available at PSTS is an environment with 1 m waves and depths up to 60 m.


Resource Site Info
  A scaled testing flume, suitable for current turbines, is maintained by the Aeronautical Laboratory at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, Washington. Additionally, UW’s Harris Hydraulics Laboratory is upgrading its combined wind/wave channel, which will be suitable for scaled WEC and mooring system testing by late 2015.
Two wave tanks at the O. H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon – the Large Wave Flume and the Directional Wave Basin – enable testing of scaled WECs.
The Wave Energy Linear Test Bed, housed at the Wallace Energy Systems and Renewable Facility at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, enables dynamic WEC testing by using captured wave profiles while simulating the hydrodynamic forces of the ocean.
A variety of services offered at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power and its Power Systems Integration Lab include research, testing, and consulting for: services related to the design of debris-tolerant hydrokinetic devices and infrastructure, as well as fisheries resource assessments; integrating renewable power sources into hybrid diesel micogrids; and the economics of renewable energy, especially as these factors apply to remote and/or challenging locations such as encountered in Alaska and the developing world.

*Permits for testing are pending.