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Project Profile


Project Type:
Power Converter Design & Build

March 2006- October 2006

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OpenHydro Rig


In 2006 we were approached by OpenHydro to build the power converter for their prototype 250kW tidal generator.

Our original brief was to supply switch gear, transformer and motor generator sets controlled by a small PLC.

This eventually took the form of the 20ft shipping container on the side of the test platform and included sub-sea data acquisition and cabling.

Innovative use of an Igus drag chain won Fountain Design Ltd the IGUS Bronze Vector award presented at the first Igus awards held at the Hanover Messe in 2008. Click here to read about our award winning application.

OpenHydro container
Container interior and data acquisition
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