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STEM for Marine Energy

This information-sharing portal is designed to help spur innovation and growth in the marine energy technologies industry and support workforce development.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for Marine Energy

Marine energy technologies play an important role in the growing renewable energy industry, but there are not enough workers to fill open jobs in the industry. To continue to spur innovation and growth in these exciting technology areas, the industry needs to inspire the next generation of marine energy workers. The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are developing the STEM for Hydropower and STEM for Marine Energy portals to help interested students learn and to provide resources for academia and industry to educate the future workforce.

Workforce Data & Analysis

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Explore the marine energy workforce and job-related data. Learn about jobs and economic development impacts , industry-led education and training programs , workshops and events , advisory committees for hydropower and marine energy STEM , and more. You can also participate in a living survey and provide input on the portal content and your experiences in the marine energy industry.


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Explore a variety of STEM resources for marine energy, including marine education and training programs and curricula and training materials . The career pathways page offers day-in-the-life videos, career profiles, and case studies.

Networking & Career Building

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Explore resources for professional network development , job board links , and a collection of best practices for potential partnerships .

Prizes & Competitions

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Explore opportunities to use your ingenuity and creativity by competing for marine energy prizes sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office and learn more about the Marine Energy Collegiate Competition . See Fact Sheet: Prizes Power NREL Water Power Innovation

Marine Site Tours

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Discover locations of marine energy power generation and research sites with museums, educational facilities, and/or site tours . Also search for virtual tours of power generation and research sites.


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Learn about the latest government marine energy research and marine energy capstone projects .

News & Announcements

Reserve your Spark Squad comic book! Spark Squad is a new comic book from Energy Saver for Kids and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In the first comic book of the series, the Spark Squad kids explore the world of marine energy. Fill out this Microsoft Form to request your comic book.

Coming in 2022: The U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Renewable Energy Discovery (REDi) Island, an interactive, educational, three-dimensional learning platform in the form of a virtual renewable energy-powered island. Check out a preview of Desalination Station , the first stop on the island tour.

Video: Wave Energy Could Slash Our Use of Fossil Fuels Vice News released an 8-minute video showcasing the abundant opportunities for harnessing the power of waves along the coasts of the United States. The video also points out just how complicated development of the technology to generate electricity from waves can be.