Georgia Tech Savannah Collaborates with the Girl Scouts - Research provides a local assessment of Tidal Energy on Rose Dhu Island

SAVANNAH, Ga. (August 19, 2011) – Georgia Tech Savannah has been working with the Girl Scouts of America in the Savannah area to conduct research in order to assess the hydro power contribution for a Girl Scout Eco-Village on Rose Dhu Island. The project, "Quantification of the energy potential from tidal streams for Rose Dhu Island," is funded by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as a Coastal Incentive Grant. On Saturday, August 20, 2011 from 2-7 p.m., professors and graduate students of Georgia Tech Savannah will present their findings during a technical seminar that will be held at the actual research site.

In addition to sharing preliminary research results, seminar presenters will discuss emerging ideas on renewable energy for coastal Savannah with faculty from Georgia Tech Savannah, SCAD, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, and engineers and scientists from local engineering companies. These kinds of activities will foster the regional visibility of Rose Dhu Island as a hub for sustainable energy knowledge and research. To fulfill this goal, researchers are conducting experiments and state-of-the-art numerical simulations that:

  1. identify hot spots for high energy potential
  2. quantify flow currents, turbulence structures and their statistics
  3. estimate the extractable energy from tidal streams

Saturday, August 20, 2011
2 – 7 p.m.

Girl Scout Camp Low 1912 Rose Dhu Island, Savannah, Georgia 31419
(Directions provided below)
*Attendees should meet at the Dining Hall of the venue. It is recommended that everyone wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing for warm weather.


  • 2 - 3 p.m.
    Tutorial on renewable energy for the Girl Scouts.
    Brittany Bruder – Graduate Student, Georgia Tech Savannah
  • 3 – 3:15 p.m.
    Welcome: “The Start of Something Sustainable” 
    Kathleen Cullinan – Officer, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia
  • 3:15 – 3:40 p.m.
    “Tides and Renewable Energy”
    Kevin Haas – Associate Professor, Georgia Tech Savannah
  • 3:40 – 4:05 p.m.
    “National Tidal Energy Geo-Database”
    Dr. Zafer Defne - Post Doc, Georgia Tech Savannah
  • 4:05 – 4:30 p.m.
    “Rose Dhu Field Measurements for Site Characterization”
    Brittany Bruder – Graduate Student, Georgia Tech Savannah
  • 4:30 – 4:55 p.m.
    “Numerical Simulation of Tidal Currents at Rose Dhu”
    Sandeep Kumar – Graduate Student, Georgia Tech Savannah
  • 4:55 – 5:15 p.m.
    “Novel Turbine Technologies”
    Francesco Fedele – Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech Savannah
  • 5:15 – 6 p.m.
    Open Discussion
  • 6 - 7 p.m.
    Tour of the Island



  • Downtown Savannah: Take Abercorn St., south (away from river). Go past the Oglethorpe Mall, turn left on to White Bluff Rd. Go to Part 2.
  • From I-95: Exit East toward Savannah on Hwy. 204/Abercorn Extension (Exit 94). Follow Hwy. 204/ Abercorn St. into Savannah. Continue down Abercorn Street to Tibet Avenue. Turn right onto Tibet Avenue, then right on White Bluff Rd. Go to Part 2.
  • From I-16: Exit east at Lynes Parkway (interstate 516). Continue on Lynes Parkway (it will become DeRenne Avenue) to White Bluff Road. Turn right onto White Bluff Road. Go to Part 2.


  • *Follow White Bluff Road. * It eventually turns into a two-lane road (the road name changes to Coffee Bluff Road about a mile later). Keep following this road until you come to Rose Dhu Road. (Next left after you pass Rose Dhu on the Marsh subdivision). There is a brown, two-story, dome-shaped house on the corner. Turn left onto Rose Dhu Rd. and follow it around.
  • The road will appear to dead end but keep going around the bend. You will pass through a cobblestone road in a residential area and eventually come to a fork in the road. Make a sharp left turn and continue down the road. You will soon come to the Camp Low gate.
  • We will be meeting at the Dining Hall. When you cross onto the island stay on the dirt road as it wanders through the property. You’ll see a small white yard sign designating the parking area on our large play field. Then follow the signage to the Dining Hall itself. 


About Georgia Tech Savannah

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Contact Info: 

Nikki Troxclair, APR, LEED AP
Assistant Director of Campus Communications
210 Technology Circle
Savannah, Ga. 31407
(912) 966-7913