A new Center of Excellence for Research on Offshore Renewable Energy (RORE) coordinates and expands research in this area that is conducted at the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) and the Colleges of Environment and Life Sciences (CELS), Engineering (COE), and Arts and Sciences. (CAS).
See a recent article about RORE in Marine Technology Reporter.
We hosted an Ocean Renewable Energy Colloquium on October 27-28 2008.
The vision of this new Center is to advance R&D in the areas of offshore wind, current, wave, and thermal energy to position the State of Rhode Island as the national leader in ocean energy. URI is ideally suited for this Center because of its expertise that spans the priority research areas. Our current expertise includes: leading wind & storm researchers; wind measurement experts; world-renowned modeling expertise in ocean/atmosphere, currents, and waves; leading team of researchers in offshore oil & gas seafloor foundations; materials scientists; ocean engineers; marine policy experts; artificial reef specialists; and marine environmental protection specialists. The Center complements future manufacturing and offshore services, and support center activities planned for Quonset.
A grant of $125 K from the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (RIOER) using the Renewable Energy Fund was approved in November, 2007 for use as initial funding to assist in the creation of this Center of Excellence. The funds were used to hire a director who will further develop and submit proposals to industry and the federal government for the Center.
The Center pursues funding for its research activities from specific government agencies (e.g. RIOER, US Department of Energy (DOE), the Minerals Management Service (MMS), National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others with interests in offshore renewable energy. Proposals to industry will also be pursued to diversify the funding base and to develop industry-academia partnered projects that will advance basic research in this field into developed technology.
For additional information, contact John King.
Photograph credit: Vestas