Graham Sustainability Institute

Michael Bernitsas

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Mortimer E Cooley Collegiate Professor of Engineering
Director, Marine Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Engineering
    • Naval Arch. & Marine Eng.
    • Mechanical Engineering

Michael Bernitsas invented, designed, and model-tested the VIVACE (Vortex Induced Vibration for Aquatic Clean Energy) Converter. VIVACE is a Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK = ocean/river/current) energy converter based on the idea of enhancing rather than suppressing destructive Flow Induced Vibrations such as VIV and galloping. By enhancing rather than suppressing FIV under high damping, MKH energy can be harnessed rather than mitigated.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

Affordable and Clean EnergyLife Below Water