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US Naval Academy Researchers Look to Convert Tidal Energy Into Electricity.

Interest in developing alternative energy sources is driving the consideration of a promising technology that uses underwater turbines to convert ocean tidal flow energy into electricity.

Now lessons learned from the ocean’s largest mammals has inspired United States Naval Academy researchers to tackle one of the serious challenges of this technology: the low velocity associated with many tidal flows and the difficulty of extracting useful energy from low speed flows using current designs. They are presenting their findings at the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) meeting in Long Beach, CA.

More from this article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101127202557.htm

Source: Science Daily / University of Toronto

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