The Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) at Florida Atlantic University is hosting an intensive summer research program focused on science and engineering challenges related to the environmentally friendly creation of electricity from ocean currents.
Ocean currents off the Southeast U.S. represent an untapped energy source with a technically feasible power production potential estimated at 19 GW in U.S. waters. The time average energy densities in this ocean current reach 3.3 kW/m2 off Florida’s east coast, several times greater than the most energy dense wind resource in the U.S. The on-campus research will focus on three technical challenges associated with harnessing this resource: resource assessment, system design and reliability and environmental impacts.
Watch a brief interview with the director of this REU, related to ocean current energy production, here.
Please utilize the Research Experience for Undergraduate common application tool to register. This can be accessed here. On this application site use the “How to Apply” drop-down menu and select “Engineering.” Within Engineering this REU Site is labeled as “REU in Ocean Current Electricity Production.”