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FAU’s Center for Ocean Energy Technology Receives ‘Academic Pioneer Award’ from EnergyOcean International

BOCA RATON, FL (June 10, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Ocean Energy Technology (COET) has  received the “Academic Pioneer Award” from EnergyOcean International for its recent and significant contributions in the field of ocean energy research and technology. Dr. Karl Stevens, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, accepted the award on behalf of FAU and the COET on Wednesday, June 9, at the seventh annual EnergyOcean international conference held in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In addition to receiving this award, the COET showcased its leading-edge work in ocean energy technologies and science. This conference is the world’s leading event focused on offshore renewable and sustainable power including wind, wave, tidal, thermal, current, solar, and hybrids.  Scientists, researchers, engineers, investment firms, policy makers, developers and utilities from around the world attended the three-day event to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the ocean renewable market. Representatives from FAU joined awardees from other categories including “Political Pioneer Award” recipients Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Florida Congressman Ron Klein.

“We are very honored to have received this prestigious award from EnergyOcean International,” said Susan Skemp, executive director of the COET in FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. “This award and recognition is due in large part to the combined efforts of all of our industry, academic and government partners, including the state of Florida.”

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About Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Ocean Energy Technology

The Center for Ocean Energy Technology (COET) at Florida Atlantic University was founded with a $5M award from the State of Florida in January 2007, and was established to research, design, develop, implement and test ocean energy technologies that are cost-competitive with existing power technologies. COET is a partnership created to further the assessment of hydrokinetic and thermal ocean-energy resources off the east coast of Florida, and to advance the development of those resources for commercial-scale electrical power production.  COET’s programs are geared to bridge the gap between concept and implementation of ocean-energy development.  Researchers at the COET are performing several research projects, including developing a 20-kW turbine, and have also deployed instrumentation to evaluate the state's ocean energy resources in the Gulf Stream. Significant efforts have been expended by the COET to engage and assist regulatory agencies in developing rule making in order to define policy, protocol and capability to test and evaluate the feasibility of ocean energy.  As a result, the COET’s approach to ocean energy research and technology demonstration/ validation is a total system – environment, ecology, resource and energy conversion.  An undertaking of this size and complexity engages expertise and knowledge across and beyond FAU to build the capability, infrastructure, expertise and strategic partnerships needed to develop and deploy commercially-viable ocean energy systems.

About Florida Atlantic University:

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