Underwater kites would harvest ocean power

11/13/2013 | Discovery

A project that harnesses quick-moving undersea kites to generate large quantities of usable power has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the National Science Foundation. As envisioned by David Olinger, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, such kites could eventually capture the energy generated by the underwater current flowing from the Gulf of Mexico into the Atlantic Ocean, the equivalent of 20 gigawatts.

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