OREC promotes energy conservation and renewable energy use in Oregon and throughout the Northwest through applied research, educational programs, and practical information. Wise energy use is the foundation for a sustainable economy, good jobs, and economic prosperity.
As a public purpose, applied research center created by the Oregon State Legislature, OREC speeds the integration and optimization of renewable energy resources with current power generation systems, and accelerates clean energy technologies in collaboration with industry partners.
Given the increasingly urgent global focus on reducing carbon and increasing energy efficiency, OREC will become even more important to Oregon in the next decade, by helping to preserve our environment as well as sustain industry competitiveness, growth and development.
Based on Oregon Tech's trusted history of advancing renewable energy solutions in Oregon for over 30 years, the Legislature authorized the Center in Oregon Statute in 2001.
What OREC can do:
- Developing prototypes for solar, wave and other energy devices
- Testing the manufacturability of new products
- Battery characterization and testing; expanding storage capabilities
- Optimization of hybrid vehicle control systems
- Building and testing customized components to reduce production costs
- Selecting materials, assessing strength of materials, especially composites and metals
- Manufacturing product or process improvements; manufacturing controls and robotics
- Product development and remote monitoring of solar energy systems
- Utilizing geothermal energy to accelerate food and agricultural products
- Geothermal combined with solar for boosting solar output in hybridized systems
- Training on the use of Oregon Tech’s unique geothermal resource