The ocean's tides are a powerful natural phenomenon. Here in
Artist rendering of a tidal turbine array off the coast of Eastport, ME. The center tower is shown
with one of its turbines up for maintenance. Drawn by team member Scott Lessard using
Our objective is to design and build a tidal turbine testing bed that will allow us to test the performance of scale model tidal turbines by pulling them though a tow tank. From these test, we intend to generate performance data which, will be made public for the benefit of researchers, manufacturers, politicians, and the general population. We expect that this open data will streamline the tidal turbine industry and encourage a more proactive stance towards harnessing this renewable energy source. We are leading the way by setting the standard.
We invite you to explore the contents of this website. Included is everything we have researched, designed, built, tested, redesigned, rebuild, and retested over the last school year of this project, as well as a link to the detailed, comprehensive, 100 page FINAL REPORT.