Welcome to the University Marine Energy Reseach Community!

We thrive to connect marine energy researchers to one another, to close gaps and challeneges, and to align research with the needs of the industry.  

The University Marine Energy Research Community (UMERC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office sponsored program that is coordinated by the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET). UMERC will foster collaboration within the U.S. marine energy research community and amplify the impacts of foundational research. UMERC is focused on research conducted in the U.S. but includes international liaisons. While all non-federal research institutions are represented in UMERC, the organization is focused on university research, and especially increasing knowledge transfer between universities, national laboratories, and industry. This focus draws on the important resource that universities present in terms of foundational research in the marine energy sector which, unlike DOE national laboratories and private industry, currently has no unifying organization.

We hope you'll use the portal to create connections, follow industry news and join our events.