Faculty Advisor

Linn, Anthony B.

Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.


Tethered UnderSea Kites (TUSK) are a novel solution to produce renewable energy from ocean currents. This project’s goal was to design a rigid-wing underwater kite with an attached turbine that extracts power from an ocean current, and to test a viable scale model of the system. A detailed CAD model of the proposed design was created which includes an aluminum nacelle and 3D printed ABS plastic propeller, wing, pylon and rudders. Off-the-shelf power components such as the generator, and servo were purchased, and a previously created gimbal for kites in air was modified for an underwater application. The system will be tested in a water flume at Alden Research Laboratory.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering