One of the world’s strongest currents, the Gulf Stream, flows at speeds up to 5.6 miles per hour and transports nearly four billion cubic feet of water per second from Florida to Europe. The Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) is a U.S. Department of Energy recognized center at FAU, focused on the safe and responsible use of marine renewable energy from the Gulf Stream. The ultimate goal is to harness this extreme natural force to power some of Florida’s most populated coastal communities sustainably. At the core of SNMREC research is a novel ocean turbine prototype created and deployed by FAU Harbor Branch ocean engineers. The Institute is poised to take this technology from prototype to landing a permanent place within the Nation’s alternative energy portfolio.