New Marine Energy Research Community To Hold Interactive Virtual Workshop 

New Marine Energy Research Community To Hold Interactive Virtual Workshop 

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If you work in or are interested in the topic of marine energy, you’ll want to put one of these dates on your calendar: 

The new University Marine Energy Research Community (UMERC) is offering those in the marine energy community the opportunity to join a discussion by Zoom about how to create a marine energy “research landscape.” (A Research Landscape visually maps out the people, research, and technologies in the sector, including how they intersect and complement one another. The results of an exercise like this can help to identify and inform areas of future research needs, create connections, and minimize duplication of research.) 

Knowing how quickly end-of-year calendars fill up, UMERC is offering three different options for the same discussion.  

“Each session listed above will include the same discussions but we hope—by providing multiple dates and times—to provide some scheduling flexibility and receive input from as many people as possible,” says Samantha Quinn, program specialist, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust, who was awarded the contract by the U.S. Department of Energy to facilitate UMERC. 

UMERC – the University Marine Energy Research Community — is tasked with getting researchers to share their knowledge with each other, with the U.S. Department of Energy and its national laboratories, and with industry (technology developers, project developers, and service and product suppliers). 

The UMERC program is funded by DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office. The program’s three goals are to: 

  • Increase awareness of marine energy research 
  • Evaluate and recommend ways to enhance marine energy research 
  • Improve research coordination and collaboration 

The work of UMERC is directed by a board, made up of individuals from universities, national laboratories, the International Energy Agency’s technical committee 114 focused on standards development, the Blue Economy Cluster, the International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy (INORE), and the National Hydropower Association’s Marine Energy Council.