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U.S. Preferred Partner With SNMREC

Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy CenterOceanBased is a Preferred Partner of the U.S. Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) at Florida Atlantic University.

Research and development related to marine renewable energy has a long history at FAU and took a quantum jump forward with an award from the FAU System’s Center of Excellence competition in 2007.  This investment was increased the next year with a legislative appropriation associated with the formation of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium among the state universities.

Subsequent funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Water Power Program, part of the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and from several private corporations paved the way for the designation at FAU of the SNMREC in 2010 by the DOE.

The SNMREC seeks to advance the science and technology of recovering energy from the oceans’ renewable resources, with special emphasis on those resources available to the southeastern United States and initially focusing on ocean currents and offshore thermal resources.  In its leadership role, the SNMREC helps promote economic development and energy independence for the nation.

Benefits

As part of FAU’s Division of Research, SNMREC staff works closely with OceanBased on developing the best, most cost-effective solutions for renewable energy generation from the Gulf Stream.

This Partnership enables OceanBased to:

  • Collaborate fully with the SNMREC’s dedicated experts on proposal development, custom regulatory support, design evaluation, project development, test planning and other functions
  • Gain preferred access to SNMREC testing and evaluation infrastructure and tools
  • Benefit from SNMREC-supervised interaction with federal and state regulators
  • Participate in the U.S. Open-Ocean Current Energy Project Development Regulatory Roadmap
  • Secure preferred voluntary public exposure via SNMREC-generated media opportunities, including press releases, documentaries and more