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OHMSETT – The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility provides independent and objective performance testing of full-scale oil spill response equipment and marine renewable energy systems (wave energy conversion devices), and helps improve technologies through research and development.
It is the largest outdoor saltwater wave/tow tank facility in North America and is the only facility where full-scale oil spill response equipment testing, research, and training can be conducted in a marine environment with oil under controlled environmental conditions (waves and oil types). With recent emphasis on developing renewable energy sources, Ohmsett's mission has expanded to offer a research and testing venue for wave energy conversion devices.
The facility, located an hour south of New York City, in Leonardo, New Jersey, is maintained and operated by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) through a contract with MAR, Incorporated of Rockville, Maryland.