Caltech aeronautic and bio-engineering professor Dr. John Dabiri explained to “TechKnow” how schools of fish could inform and improve the design of wind farms.
Dabiri is also studying another sea creature for clues on improving real world energy efficiencies—jellyfish.
“They’re so simple to begin with, but these are the first animals to figure out how to swim in the ocean,” he says. “They’re about 500 million years old, and they’re very efficient in how they use energy. We as engineers are interested in stealing those ideas and using them for different technologies that would allow us to use less fuel—for example, in underwater vehicles."