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 marine renewable energy resources.
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 and other marine
renewable energy resources: resource assessment, system design and
operation, and environmental impacts.
Watch a brief interview with the director of this REU, related to ocean current energy production, here.
We plan to offer 10 in-person research projects for the summer of 2021, with 10 remote projects offered as a back-up plan should Covid-19 restrictions/precautions not allow for an on-campus REU. Two or three of these projects will likely be conducted by undergraduate researchers accepted to our 2020 program whose projects were postponed due to Covid-19. The remaining projects are described below.
As part of the application process, you will be asked to select up to three of the following in-person project and up to 3 of the following virtual/remote projects.
The following 5 projects were completed during the summer of 2020 by Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Scholars who worked remotely due to Covid-19.
The following 14 projects were completed during the summer of 2019 by Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Scholars, Veteran Research Supplement (VRS) Scholars and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Scholars.
The following 14 projects were completed during the summer of 2018 by Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Scholars, Veteran Research Supplement (VRS) Scholars and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Scholars.
The following 10 projects were completed during the summer of 2017.
Please utilize the NSF Education and Training Application tool to register after December 14th. This can be accessed here. On this application site use the "Applicants" drop-down menu and select "Sites." Then, enter “Florida Atlantic University” into the “Award Institution” filter and our Site is labeled as "REU in Marine Renewable Energy."