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Resource Characterization Projects

The objective of NREL's resource characterization work is to characterize U.S. marine and hydrokinetic energy resources and quantify the amounts of energy that could feasibly be extracted. This information will allow both DOE and various stakeholders to prioritize the level of investment and research by resource type and assess the potential contribution to the U.S. renewable energy portfolio.

Examples of NREL's resource characterization activities include:

NREL's Web-based Marine and Hydrokinetic Atlas presents important wave parameters on both an annual and a monthly basis.

Screenshot of the Marine and Hydrokinetic Atlas with a map showing wave energy resources along the coast of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Resources are represented by a color range from blue to red depending on the intensity of the waves.

NREL's Marine and Hydrokinetic Atlas displaying the wave power density for Alaska and the Pacific Northwest