Next June, Juliana Telles ‘15 will step off a plane on the charming island of Bermuda. On the surface, it might seem like the beginning of an epic vacation to celebrate a successful college career.
But there will be no seaside lounging on the agenda for Juliana and her travel companions, no charter fishing to speak of—not even close. Instead, Telles and three other Lehigh students will be mentoring almost 20 high school students for a week at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS).
The trip is part of an endeavor by faculty members and students to gain a better understanding of how electrical power can be generated by the ceaseless motion of the waves in the oceans.
The National Science Foundation recently awarded Lehigh a nearly $1 million grant to optimize ocean wave energy for conversion into usable electricity. The grant includes funding to write a curriculum for high school students to take part in the BIOS program and to develop an exhibit about capturing ocean-wave energy for the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown.
“Our research will focus on methods of enhancing the reliability and efficiency of groups of ocean wave energy conversion devices, known as wave farms,” says Larry Snyder, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering and a co-principal investigator on the project.
“Our goal is to help determine how viable wave farms are in harnessing ocean wave energy.”