Inspiring students to learn from the secrets of nature, Caltech professor, Dr John O Dabiri told the story of bio-inspired wind energy and how it could be more competitive against the conventional ones in a talk at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) on Friday
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, February 03, 2014 -(PressReleasePoint)- Inspiring students to learn from the secrets of nature, Caltech professor, Dr John O Dabiri told the story of bio-inspired wind energy and how it could be more competitive against the conventional ones in a talk at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) on Friday. Dr Dabiri’s lecture was a part of “Roddam Narasimha Distinguished Lecture” at IITGN.
When fish move as a school they push water against each other, which would potentially slow the whole group. However, the fish have found ways of moving together more efficiently and with less energy without slowing each other down. Dr Dabiri had been studying the movement of such schools of fish and then applied the understandings to squeeze in more turbines onto a given plot of land and yield 10 times more energy.
He said, “We take that idea and develop wind energy technology that produces up to ten times more energy than existing systems using wind turbines that are one tenth of the height of the conventional ones. So we hope this technology will allow us to access clean energy in many more places around the world.”
Dr Dabiri further explained how understanding of the movements of jelly fish can be applied to the propulsion submarines that move with much more efficiency than the conventional ones. He, however, also advised the students not to mimicry the nature but to learn from its ways and apply them in their scientific projects.
During the lecture Dr Dabiri also explained various environmental concerns associated with wind power generation as well as how vertical wind turbines could address these issues to a considerable extent.
“Roddam Narasimha Distinguished Lecture”, which was set up in 2012, aims at bringing young distinguished professionals to the institute to present their works in areas of national importance. The Lecture series was instituted with the support from professor from Vanderbilt University, Prof Amrutur Anilkumar.
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