The Marine Electric Propulsion Simulation Laboratory (MEPS Lab) was established in December 2018.
Located in Newport News, Virginia, the MEPS Lab—a collaboration among university researchers, industry developers, system integrators, and operational personnel—offers a unique approach to developing a hybrid technology solution for commercial and naval vessels.
The lab conducts research and development towards development of marine electric propulsion, advanced energy storage, and autonomous systems technology, as well as digital shipbuilding and VR ship design and training.
In addition to research and design functions, the MEPS Lab will also address workforce science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) development gaps and prepare the next generation of naval engineers and shipbuilders by training marine electricians, designers, and engineers to advance the readiness of the shipbuilding and ship repair industries.
A temporary facility is operational, and groundbreaking on a new 22,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility for the MEPS Lab will commence during 2019, with completion in 2020. A design-build contracting firm has been retained.
MEPS Lab Future Facility
Groundbreaking on a new 22,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility for the MEPS Lab will commence during 2019.