Leading Edge is a group of scientists, engineers, ecologists, and entrepreneurs who are working to capture the energy from the leading edge of a hydrofoil and determine the viability of bringing clean hydrokinetic energy to mass market. Similar to a turbine blade which is deflected as it redirects the water flow, thereby driving a generator, a hydrofoil is also deflected when it is at different angles of attack. Using a pitching and heaving motion, two offset hydrofoils will move out of phase of each other and harness energy from the tide or current of free waterways.
Medina, Aryssa, Cowles, Sarah, and Lorick, Rebecca,
"Leading edge hydrokinetic tidal energy prototype assembly"
Summer Research Symposium.
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Each year, Brown University showcases the research of its undergraduates at the Summer Research Symposium. More than half of the student-researchers are UTRA recipients, while others receive funding from a variety of Brown-administered and national programs and fellowships and go …