Orlando Rios, assistant professor in materials science and engineering, and David Harper, professor with the Center for Renewable Carbon at the UT Institute of Agriculture, have been awarded a grant to collaboratively develop composite materials for SHARKS: Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems.
These underwater turbines are renewable energy resources that are highly reliable, forecastable, and typically co-located with demand centers. They are suited for both micro-grids that supply energy to remote communities without grid connections and utility-scale grid-connected applications.
This new collaboration broadens the synergistic research relationship of UT Knoxville and UTIA. The work is funded by Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
For more information visit https://arpa-e.energy.gov/technologies/programs/sharks.