Coastal Studies Institute

The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is a multi-institutional research and education partnership led by East Carolina University, in collaboration with North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University. CSI’s interdisciplinary research focuses on pressing coastal issues, including renewable ocean energy development. For almost a decade, the state-funded North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program, a collaboration between CSI and the colleges of engineering at North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, have been researching and developing new ways to bring ocean energy technologies to market sustainably, while working with private industry to test devices in the waters off the Outer Banks. CSI operates a renewable energy testing site in partnership with Jennette’s Pier, a North Carolina Aquariums’ operated facility located in Nags Head, North Carolina.

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Janicki Industries

Janicki Industries is a privately owned, full-service engineering and manufacturing company. Janicki has extensive experience with both composite and metal fabrication utilizing custom in house designed large scale 5-axis milling machines. Markets served include aerospace, marine, renewable energy, space, transportation and architecture. In the renewable energy space, Janicki has supported wind, OTEC, tidal and wave energy developers.

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International Desalination Association

The International Desalination Association (IDA) is the point of connection for the global desalination and water reuse industry – the people, ideas and information that shape the world’s water future. IDA encourages advancements in desalination and water reuse technologies; facilitates knowledge-sharing, engagement and communication through industry events, publications and other programs; and supports education in the field of desalination and water reuse. It serves members in over 60 countries and includes 16 regional and national affiliate associations. Its membership comprises scientists, end-users, engineers, consultants, financiers and researchers from governments, corporations and academia. IDA is associated with the United Nations as part of a growing international network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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