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SHARKS Spotted on Rocky Top

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).

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