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Biomimicry Wave Energy Device Ready To Leave The Nest

Biomimicry Wave Energy Device Ready To Leave The Nest | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"A new bio-inspired method of harvesting energy from the ocean has completed its shakedown on land, and now it’s finally ready for its first real test offshore. Called bioWAVE, the wave energy device won’t be venturing too far — Port Fairy in Australia is as far as it’s going — but we can hardly contain our excitement because we’ve been waiting 7 years for this moment."

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Wave Generators Move Like an Electrified Kelp Forest.

Wave Generators Move Like an Electrified Kelp Forest. | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The gentle swaying of kelp forests belies the immense hydraulic pressures they've evolved to endure. The waves that crash over them transfer huge amounts of energy—an average of 36kW/m with three-foot swells. Now, a green energy firm (BioPower) is banking on this sway to run arrays of Megawatt generators of the coast of Victoria."

 

Photo details: The wake after the ferry to Fanø, Denmark. Malene Thyssen, 2004, Gnu Free Document License. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boelge_stor.jpg

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Whale Tails Can Make for Efficient Seafaring

Whale Tails Can Make for Efficient Seafaring | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) are testing a model “whale tail” that can be attached to ships. NTNU is conducting these tests in the Marintek Towing Tank in cooperation with Rolls-Royce and the British companies Seaspeed and MOST. [...] The main goal of the whale tail is to help reduce fuel use by using wave energy to help the ship move forward."

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