This guest contribution on Innovation Intelligence is written by Lauren Dunn, Marketing Manager at Dynamic Systems Ltd. (DSA). ProteusDS software by DSA is used to test virtual prototypes of a wide variety of marine, offshore and subsea technologies. ProteusDS and ShipMo3D are available through the Altair Partner Alliance.
Harnessing the Power of Water
Traditionally the power of water has been harnessed through hydroelectric dams to produce energy. Now, researchers and developers in North America and Europe are working to deploy underwater turbines and wave energy converters to generate clean renewable energy.
Harnessing the power of water can be traced back to the 8th century CE, where the first tide mill was found in Northern Ireland. During high tide, sea water would fill a collection pond through a one-way gate. During low tide the gate would close automatically, and once the tide reached a certain level the stored water would be released to turn a water wheel which was used to crush grain. These early tidal energy converters function similarly to tidal barrages which are still being used to generate electricity to this day.