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The New England Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) is a nonprofit corporation that educates and involves all stakeholders (Academic, industry, governmental/regulatory, and public interest groups) to promote the sustainable development of renewable energy in New England ocean waters.

To do this, MRECo must establish:

  • Processes and relationships to allow effective transfer of technology from universities to industry.
  •  A world class academic consortium to train the workforce of the future and to assist industry with basic and applied research.
  • An industry user group to elicit research needs and to assist in advocating.
  • Permanent ocean test sites to facilitate research and demonstration.
  • Involvement of public interest groups to minimize ocean ecosystem impact.

News of Interest!

  • First Permanent Tidal Test Stand in the US Approved

    After several environmental studies and careful review by multiple agencies, the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) has received final approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers to install the Bourne Tidal Test Site within the Cape Cod Canal. "We are very pleased the Corps of Engineers has determined that the Bourne Tidal Test Site will have no impact on the critical mission of the Cape Cod Canal and the local environment",said John Miller, Executive Director of the MRECo.

    Schematic of Bourne Tidal Test structure.

    Schematic of Bourne Tidal Test structure.

    Funding for the test site was provided by the Seaport Economic Council. The site is located well outside the commercial channel and tucked into an accessible spot near the railroad bridge on the mainland side of the canal.
    Water velocity has been measured at over 2 meters/second (4 knots) on the maximum tidal cycle in both directions, enough to turn different types of tidal turbines to test their efficiency, power output, robustness and more. Turbines of up to 3 meters can be tested with vertical lift provided for easy access.

    MRECo expects to install the platform in November and is accepting proposals for testing in the spring of 2018. Organizations, individuals, companies, and research institutions that would be interested in using the site for testing their own tidal energy devices and/or marine and remote sensors should contact John Miller at: director@mreconewengland.org; 508.728.5825

    Area within Muskeget Channel that has been tested for tidal and current energy production.

  • Area within Muskeget Channel that has been tested for tidal and current energy production.

    Area within Muskeget Channel that has been tested for tidal and current energy production.


    MRECo Seeking Turbine for the Muskeget Channel

    (Marion, MA) The good news is that the current does not run as fast in Muskeget Channel as anecdotal accounts would have you believe. The turbulent waters between Martha's Vineyard and Muskeget Island (a small uninhabited island off Nantucket) have been considered dangerous to pleasure boaters due to torrents of water that flow there. Ten years ago, the town of Edgartown wanted to pursue clean energy solutions for their community and the prospect of capturing just a little bit of that fast current that roils eastward of Chappaquiddick would be something to achieve. The clean energy committee worked with various parties to conduct resource and environmental studies to characterize the area and to locate a spot where the conditions would favor tidal or current energy production. Since 2013 the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England, Inc. (MRECo) has led this effort.

    Earlier this summer, MRECo, worked with partners to conduct additional resource assessments. WaterCube (Daniel Island, SC) conducted water velocity profile surveys of the area and located areas where the current flows up to 2m/second on all tidal cycles.
    ( To see studies completed to date: http://www.mrec.umassd.edu/resourcecenter/muskegettidalproject)

    MRECo is now reaching out to tidal developers worldwide to find the best technology for the channel. So far over thirty turbine developers have been contacted and 25% of those have entered discussions with MRECo.

    For more information, please contact: John Miller, Executive Director, 508-728-5825; director@mreconewengland.org.

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    Cape Cod Times
    - by Ethan Genter - October 4, 2107
    Tidal turbine test site at Cape Cod Canal gets green light

    BUZZARDS BAY — The Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative has received approval to install a first-of-its-kind tidal turbine test site on the Cape Cod Canal. “It really has potential to drive developers to the region,” said John Miller, the nonprofit’s executive director.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the collaborative a yearlong renewable license to run the test site near the railroad bridge, Miller said. The site will have a platform that can be raised and lowered from the canal, allowing hydrokinetic turbine developers to test out their equipment before going into full production. [ Read the complete story. >>> ]


MRECo focuses on helping companies and universities get technology into the ocean... test tanks and flumes are critical to development, but we have to get "steel into the water" to understand the impacts of turbines on the environment and the environment on the technology.

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Purpose

The purpose of  the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) of New England is to foster the sustainable growth of marine renewable energy (Offshore wind, wave and tide) through Education, Collaboration, and Demonstration. [ learn more ]

Vision

The Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) of New England envisions a future where New England obtains a significant, greater than 5%, of its power from reliable and predictable ocean based renewable energy technologies, and supports the infrastructure for testing that allows the cost effective, rapid commercialization of new sustainable technologies being developed by the rich entrepreneurial environment of the region.

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