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CORE, the UNH Center for Ocean Renewable Energy, founded in January 2008, provides multiple-scale research, technology development and evaluation, education, and outreach for issues related to Ocean Renewable Energy systems.

UNH AMAC/ wave energy site

The Challenge . . .


America faces severe challenges in energy sustainability and security. Ocean Renewable Energy (ORE), comprised of tidal, wave, ocean current and offshore wind energy, is believed to be one of the more environmentally sustainable ways to generate electricity and is poised to become part of the United States and global alternative energy portfolio.

CORE Mission . . .


CORE is a synergistic, interdisciplinary center for research, development and evaluation for Ocean Renewable Energy systems, and a place for training the next generation of engineers, scientists and policy makers for advancing this new industry. CORE provides innovation and commercialization support for commercial developers as they evolve from terrestrial-based energy systems to tidal, ocean wave and ocean current systems – collectively known as “hydrokinetic” energy systems.

CORE Physical Infrastructure . . .


CORE’s physical infrastructure is unique in terms of proximity, ease of access, and favorable test site characteristics. It consists of the Chase Ocean Engineering (OE) Laboratory with wave/tow tank, engineering tank and water/wind tunnels, the General Sullivan Bridge tidal energy site, the UNH Pier and the AMAC/wave energy site.  Mooring grids, historical environmental and survey data, and support vessels are readily available. The tidal energy site has currents of greater than 4 knots and is a full-scale test site for most vertical axis turbines, while it is considered a “large-scale” test site (geometric scale 1:3-1:5) for larger diameter (40-70 ft) horizontal axis turbines. The full-scale wave energy test site is located at the UNH Atlantic Marine Aquaculture (AMAC) site in 170 ft (52 m) of water approximately 6 miles from the New Hampshire coast. It has been successfully deployed under extreme New England winter conditions for the past 10 years.

CORE's physical infrastructure is unique in terms of proximity, ease of access, and favorable test site characteristics.

CORE Expertise and Experience . . .


Faculty and staff of CORE have a long history of solving complex ocean problems, and have depth of experience relevant to ocean energy in Mechanical, Ocean, Electrical and Computer, and Civil Engineering. Beyond engineering, other CORE Faculty are experts in environmental and ocean sciences, policy and regulatory issues and business and finance. 


CORE Impact . . .   


UNH Students are actively involved in CORE research, presentations and publications. Transformational innovation in the ORE sector is made possible by joining the unique capabilities of a research university like UNH with commercial ocean energy R&D.

 

Scale model of wave energy extraction device in UNH wave tank
Deployment of tidal energy test platform at UNH Pier
UNH senior engineering students after a successful tidal energy turbine test
Top to bottom: UNH AMAC/ wave energy site; scale model of wave energy extraction device in UNH wave tank; deployment of tidal energy test platform at UNH Pier; UNH senior engineering students after a successful tidal energy turbine test. (Click on photos to enlarge)
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