Monday, January 10, 2011

A shark inspires an artist to build a new hydropower generator

Testing at the Marine Hydrodynamics Lab proves the concept and gets its creator into the tow tank

The artist’s hair was wet, and he apologized for shivering. When I met Anthony Reale, he had just popped out of a tank of 60-degree water at the University of Michigan's Marine Hydrodynamics Lab.

This was the seventh time in three days he’d emerged from the chilly basin. The last four times, he wore a dry suit he borrowed from friends. But the first three dives he did in jeans and a t-shirt. He had no other choice.