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.
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.
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.
Assistant Director of
Science & Research
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.
By Vega Sproul and Cora McQuaid.The Coastal Studies Institute has an ongoing relationship with NC Aquariums’ Jennette’s Pier for many years. Located just five miles apart, CSI, in partnership with Jennette’s Pier, operates a renewable ocean energy testing site at the...
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