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Methods, systems, and devices to optimize a fluid harvester

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June 29, 2021
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An apparatus for energy extraction from fluid flow including an assembly including a plenum. The assembly further includes an aperture extending from an exterior surface to the plenum to allow flow therethrough. The apparatus further includes a channel including an inlet and an outlet in fluid communication with the plenum. The apparatus yet further includes an energy extraction device. The assembly is configured to create a pressure differential between the plenum and the inlet of the channel. The pressure differential causes fluid flow from the inlet of the channel to the plenum. The energy extraction device is configured to extract energy from the fluid flow. The apparatus additionally includes a control system configured to modify the pressure differential to control the fluid flow between the inlet of the channel and the plenum based on a characteristic of an exterior environment.
16/ 182,488
November 6, 2018
F03D 3/04 (20060101)F03D 9/28 (20160101)F03B 11/02 (20060101)F03D 9/25 (20160101)F03D 3/00 (20060101)F03B 3/04 (20060101)F03B 3/18 (20060101)F03D 9/45 (20160101)
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NA0003525 awarded by the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The U.S. Government has certain rights in the invention.