#SciFund Round 2 Project B Support Results

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During the 2nd Round of the #SciFund Challenge, crowd-funded support was provided to test the artificial “Solar Seaweed” system, with very positive results after the open-water tests conducted in the Gulf of Mexico. The design was proven to work and additional areas for further research were revealed. Continue reading

Solar Seaweed

Solar Seaweed artificial kelp power production system Icon

Solar Seaweed is a combination of flexible photovoltaic solar panels and piezoelectric films that will be anchored to the seabed or configured to float atop the water’s surface. Solar Seaweed moves with the ocean’s waves and harvests sunlight just as its plant cousins do – producing power without any harmful emissions or byproducts. Continue reading

Biomimetic Propless Submersible Propulsion

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Using a vessel’s buoyancy like a sailplane uses its height to generate forward movement, this system would be more efficient as a submerged vessel can use both positive and negative buoyancy in order to generate continuous forward motion by rising up and then sinking back down in slow gentle cycles. Continue reading