The Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Ocean Energy Technology (COET) has been designated by the U.S. Department of Energy as a national center meant for research and development of ocean energy.
This new SNMREC (Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center) joins other centers in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest that work towards advancing the operational readiness of technologies associated with ocean energy.
The DOE will be funding the SNMREC for undertaking the research and development work of such technologies that have the capability of producing renewable power from ocean thermal energy as well as ocean currents. The Florida Atlantic University is located ideally for overseeing technology developments that can generate cost-competitive as well as sustainable electrical energy from ocean energy resources contained in the Gulf Stream and the Florida Straits.
With this investment that has been competitively-selected, the DOE is in the process of expanding the country’s assets towards deploying and testing innovative new approaches for clean energy generation. These innovative approaches are essential for addressing climate change as well as building robust, renewable energy economies.