New England Marine Renewable Energy Center Receives Department Of Energy Funding

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The New England Marine Renewable Energy Center (MREC) recently received an award of $950,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy. Funding will go to a consortium of researchers from area institutions working with MREC, which is located at University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth's Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River, Mass. The research will focus on developing technologies to obtain clean energy from offshore wind, waves and tides.

‘While New England suffers from energy shortages and high prices, there is tremendous energy available in the ocean at our doorstep,’ says John Miller, MREC director.’ MREC is here to open that door, bringing electricity and jobs to our region.’

The MREC consortium is currently funded by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and UMass.

MREC is also working with a region university consortium that includes UMass, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Rhode Island and others to advance research in marine renewables.

SOURCE: The New England Marine Renewable Energy Center

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