Marcus Lehmann, U.S. Department of Energy

US - Ocean Energy - Wave Hello to the 2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Teams

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced the 17 teams chosen to participate in the DOE 2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC): Powering the Blue Economy™.

In its third iteration, the competition provides real-world experience and industry connections to help prepare next-generation innovators for future careers in the marine energy sector and the blue economy. Multidisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students will unlock the power of the ocean, rivers, and tides to offer unique solutions that build resilient coastal communities and provide power at sea.

For this year’s competition, teams will not only create a market-research supported business plan and develop, design, and test technologies, but they’ll also have the opportunity to build and test their device to achieve energy production.

Submissions can run the gamut from concepts that aid in ocean observation and underwater vehicle charging to desalination and more, including—but not limited to—the markets identified in DOE’s Powering the Blue Economy™ report.

The following teams will compete in the 2022 competition. Teams include a mix of new and returning universities, along with five international universities spanning the globe from Sao Paulo to Belfast. This diverse set of universities include coastal locations and land-locked states, smaller universities and much larger ones, and range from California to Massachusetts, Texas to Michigan.

  • Boise State University
  • California State University, San Marcos – partnering with New Mexico State University
  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Michigan Technological University
  • North Carolina A&T State University – partnering with University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Oregon State University
  • Purdue University
  • Texas A&M University at Galveston – partnering with Sam Houston State University, University of Rochester, University of Sao Paulo, Qatar University, and University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila

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