Center for Ocean Renewable Energy Test Sites and Facilities

The UNH Center for Ocean Renewable Energy (CORE) 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 tow/wave tank, engineering tank, cavitation tunnel, oscillating water tunnel, the Flow Physics Facility, tidal energy test sites in the Great Bay Estuary at General Sullivan Bridge and Memorial Bridge, the Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex with the UNH Pier and the offshore test site for wave energy converters and open ocean aquaculture. Deployment infrastructure, moorings, environmental and survey data, and support vessels are readily available.

CORE Facilities

The Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, built in 1994, is home to the Center for Ocean Engineering and the headquarters for the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC). Learn More
At 300 feet long, the new Flow Physics Facility (FPF) is the world’s largest scientific quality boundary-layer wind tunnel facility. It will help engineers and scientists better understand the dynamics of turbulent boundary layers, informing the aerodynamics of situations such as atmospheric wind over the ocean, the flow of air over a commercial airplane or of sea water over a submarine. Learn More
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory (JEL) is located five miles from the Durham campus on the shores of Great Bay Estuary, one of the largest estuaries in northern New England. Learn More
The Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex (Marine Complex) supports research, education, and outreach in all aspects of marine biology, oceanography, and ocean engineering, with particular emphasis on marine biology and ecology, aquaculture, acoustics and ocean mapping, invasive species, autonomous surface vehicle research (ASV), ocean acidification, and renewable energy. Learn More
The 50-foot R/V Gulf Challenger is the flagship of the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. Learn More
The UNH Tidal Energy Test Site at the General Sullivan Bridge is where the Lower Piscataqua enters Little Bay through a constriction. The tidal range is nominally 8.2 ft (2.5 m), and approximately 40 percent of the volume of Great Bay flows under the bridge every tidal cycle. This results in peak current speeds of greater than 4 knots (2 m/s), as well as relatively short periods of slack water and a steep current speed ramp-up. UNH-CORE faculty have modeled the dynamics of this tidal system in several studies. Learn More
The Memorial Bridge "The Living Bridge" is located in Portsmouth, NH. The bridge is instrumented with sensors that capture structural performance, traffic patterns, environmental conditions, the behavior of innovative bridge design elements and enable and promote community engagement. The information collected with these sensors is shared with researchers, bridge designers and the bridge owner, but also, where appropriate, with K-12 classrooms and the public. Learn More
The wave energy test site is located at the UNH Atlantic Marine Aquaculture (AMAC) site, which covers an area of 30 acres 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 as a demonstration site for open ocean aquaculture for the past 10 years. The site has a subsurface mooring system and a large feed buoy (AMAC) is available as a useable platform and a potential end user load for any wave energy extraction device. Learn More