A Straight Power hydroelectric turbine
Reale's Strait Power turbine model being tested at UM
The Strait Power turbine inspired by the basking shark
Water enters the basking shark's mouth and is expelled through its gills
Water flow of the Strait Power turbine
Studying the bumpy protrusions on the fins of humpback whales has already led to more efficient wind and tidal power turbines and now nature is once again the source of inspiration for a new and more efficient hydroelectric turbine. The latest source of biomimicry is the basking shark, which industrial design student Anthony Reale has borrowed from to create "strait power," a water-powered turbine generator that tests have shown is 40 percent more efficient than current designs.
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