North Carolina renewable Ocean Energy Program

Who We Are

Based at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) advances inter-disciplinary marine energy solutions across UNC System partner colleges of engineering at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, and NC A&T University.

NCROEP Mission

Use renewable ocean energy wisely to effectively and economically power North Carolina’s Blue Economy and in the process create jobs and economic opportunities.


North Carolina is a recognized leader in marine renewable energy design, development, and deployment solutions.

Strategic Priorities

NCROEP aims to:
  • Advance interdisciplinary research & collaboration to bring new ocean energy technologies to clean energy market.
  • Promote testing & validation to improve efficiency, reliability, & reduce the operation and maintenance costs of ocean energy solutions.
  • Inspire innovation, stewardship, and Blue Economy development through public & academic engagement.
  • Lead holistic environmental assessments for the development of regulatory guidelines for responsible ocean energy advancement.

Current Research & Projects

NCROEP is currently funding 18 inter-disciplinary marine energy research projects across partner institutions, as well as ongoing marine energy resource and environmental assessments. NCROEP researchers are leading advanced research efforts in over $5.3 million in externally funded marine energy projects.

In preparation for the final DRINK stage, the Waves to Water team successfully deployed a test article that was anchored off of Jennette’s Pier for five days in April 2021.

CSI & NCROEP are also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for two multi-year projects.

Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP): Since 2020, CSI has been serving as one of six Community-Based Partners in advancing resilient, clean energy solutions for islands and remote communities.

American-Made Waves to Water Prize: CSI is a DOE partner in supporting the $2.5M contest to accelerate the development of small, modular, wave-powered desalination systems capable of providing potable drinking water in disaster relief scenarios and remote coastal locations.  The final DRINK phase will be hosted at the NCROEP testing platform at Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC in the spring of 2022.

Atlantic Marine Energy Center (AMEC): The Atlantic Marine Energy Center is a university-led consortium (UNH, CSI, ECU, Stonybrook and Lehigh University) designed to address the ongoing needs for research and development and testing to advance marine renewable energy technolgies towards commercialization and to develop solutions to power the blue economy.


Associate Director

Lindsay Dubbs, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of
Science & Research

Mike Muglia, Ph.D.

Technical Advisory Board

Richard Mercier, Director Texas A&M Offshore Technology Research Center

Jonathan Colby, Director of Technology Performance, Verdant Power

John Hardin, Executive Director, NC Department of Commerce, Office of Science, Technology, & Innovation

Hank Lobe, Director, Severn Marine Technologies

Mark Huang, co-Founder, SeaAhead

Tim Mundon, Chief Engineer, Oscilla Power, Inc

Matthew Boys, Dominion Energy, Innovation & Sustainability Technology

Recent Accomplishments & NCROEP News

  • Lindsay Dubbs (NCROEP Associate Director) selected as U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative – 2020 Clean Energy Education Award Winner. 
  • Chelsea Wilson (NC A&T, NCROEP Researcher) selected as 2020 C3E Poster Award winner for research on Development of a Novel Oscillating Water Column Using Computational and Experimental Methods
  • NC A&T NCROEP Researcher team selected as 2020 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition “Rising Star” Award.
November 17 Science on the Sound Event to Feature Dr. Mike Muglia

November 17 Science on the Sound Event to Feature Dr. Mike Muglia

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Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University.


Based at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) advances inter-disciplinary marine energy solutions across UNC System partner colleges of engineering at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, and NC A&T University.


ECU's Integrated Coastal Programs (ECU ICP) is a leader in coastal and marine research, education, and engagement.   ECU ICP includes the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU's Department of Coastal Studies, and ECU Diving and Water Safety.


The faculty and staff at the Coastal Studies Institute come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as departments and organizations including ECU Department of Biology, ECU Department of Coastal Studies, NC Sea Grant, the North Carolina Renewable Energy Program, and the UNC Institute for the Environment.


Tour the ECU Outer Banks Campus and learn about the research, education, and engagement projects of CSI and ECU Integrated Coastal Programs through our 360 virtual tour.


The ECU Outer Banks campus is home to the Coastal Studies Institute.
Located on Roanoke Island along the banks of the second largest estuary
in the United States, this coastal campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and estuarine ecosystems.