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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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:
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.
Education – MRECo will continually educate stakeholders in the benefits of marine renewables in order to engage all stakeholders in the development of this industry, and support training and education of the workforce the industry will need to be successful. MRECo will support conferences and seminars on marine renewable to audiences in New England, and providing information on activities in New England to audiences nationally and internationally.
Collaboration – Through its industry membership and its academic consortium, MRECo will strive to share information on needs and capabilities, establish relationships and work to aid the transfer of technology from academia to industry.
Demonstration – Advancing the industry requires getting “Steel in the Water” to understand the impacts of devices on the environment and the environment on devices. However, the regulatory burden and costs of testing new technologies in the ocean requires an integrated and consistent test infrastructure, as well as support for specific demonstrations. MRECo will aggressively work to facilitate both.