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On the Taunton River, Brown researchers pursuing future of tidal energy.

Providence Journal

ABOARD THE ORCA — On a converted pleasure cruiser in the middle of the Taunton River, engineers at Brown University are testing a device that they are betting on to transform how the flow of water can be harnessed to produce electricity.

Suspended below the hull of a vessel that students found on Craigslist and christened the “Orca” — an homage to the trawler in “Jaws,” quips doctoral student Michael Miller — are posts fitted with sleek wings that move up and down as the boat cruises through the choppy waters, generating a constant stream of power.

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