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 University Consortium

MREC established the University Research Consortium in 2008 to encourage research into marine renewable energy technologies. Currently the University Research Consortium is comprised of five voting members with representation from UMass Dartmouth, University of New Hampshire, University of Rhode Island, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Associate Members of the university consortium include non-voting representatives of : Roger Williams University; UMass Boston and Amherst; Massachusetts  Maritime Academy; and University of Edinburgh.

This group meets periodically to address research direction and objectives





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UMass Dartmouth –
School for Marine Science and Technology

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Dan MacDonald

At SMAST we focus on interdisciplinary basic to applied marine sciences and the development of related innovative technologies. In addition to the scholarly marine science and technology communities, the SMAST mission also emphasizes interaction with regional industry, government and non-governmental agencies on compelling regional marine-related issues and technological development.

umass amherst 

UMass Amherst –
The Wind Energy Center

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James Manwell

To promote smart and successful wind energy development in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To identify barriers and opportunities related to the development of wind energy. To develop a strategic plan to support the creation of good wind projects. Promote the public understanding of modern wind power, and its benefits and impacts. Create linkages between wind energy and other sectors to foster job creation and economic development in Massachusetts.

Umass Boston 

UMass Boston –
Urban Harbors Institute (UHI)

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Jack Wiggin

UHI offers technical assistance and advisory services in fields such as urban planning, coastal and harbor planning, natural resource management, marine industry master planning, water transportation and geographical information systems. Additionally, UHI undertakes meeting facilitation and conference and workshop coordination.

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MIT – School Wide Modular Program for Fluid Mechanics

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Chiang C. Mei

A collaborative research site with a wealth of knowledge concerning the study of fluid mechanics and its possible application.

University of New Hampshire 

University of New Hampshire -
Center for Ocean Renewable Energy (CORE)

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Kenneth Baldwin

  CORE is a synergistic, interdisciplinary center for research, development and evaluation for Ocean Renewable Energy systems, and a place for training the next generation of engineers, scientists and policy makers for advancing this new industry. CORE provides innovation and commercialization support for commercial developers as they evolve from terrestrial-based energy systems to tidal, ocean wave and ocean current systems – collectively known as “hydrokinetic” energy systems.


The URI Center of Excellence on Ocean Spatial Planning and Renewable Energy

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Stephen Grilli

The vision of this new Center is to advance R&D in the areas of offshore wind, current, wave, and thermal energy to position the State of Rhode Island as the national leader in ocean energy. URI is ideally suited for this Center because of its expertise that spans the priority research areas.

Woods Hole 

Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution

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Gene Terray

 The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society.

University of Edinburgh 

University of Edinburgh, Science and Engineering Department, Institute of Energy Systems

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Robin Wallace

The Institute for Energy Systems (IES) is one of five multi-disciplinary research institutes within the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. The head of IES is Professor Robin Wallace and the formal divisions of activity are as follows: Marine Energy led by Professor Ian Bryden; Power Systems, Machines and Power Electronics led by Dr Markus Mueller; and Energy and Climate led by Dr Gareth Harrison. With 13 academic staff, 11 research staff and over 30 postgraduate students, IES leads the EPSRC-funded Supergen Marine Energy Consortium (Lead and Finance Hub). It is a partner in the EPSRC SuperGen FlexNet, AMPerES and Photovoltaics consortia. It was selected to co-host the Research Councils' UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), with responsibility for the theme Future Sources of Energy. The current research grant portfolio at IES amounts to about £5.5M. Most recently IES became one of five Joint Research Institutes (JRI) in the Edinburgh Research Partnership which combines research skills in Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt universities. This increases the JRI in Energy to 20 academic staff, 15 research staff and over 40 postgraduate students. In addition to PhD-level postgraduate training opportunities, IES runs a well-established and successful MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems.


Massachusetts Maritime Academy

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Tom Pham

For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. 

The mission of Massachusetts Maritime Academy is to graduate educated men and women to serve the maritime industry as licensed officers or to serve the transportation, engineering, environmental, and industrial interests of the Commonwealth and the Nation.


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