Creating hydrokinetic water turbines
Published: 6 March 2012 - Rachael Morling
Hydrovolts is using software from Autodesk to create hydrokinetic turbines that are more easily installed in rivers, canals and other waterways for faster generation of renewable energy.
As a member of the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program — which provides software to established and emerging clean tech companies in North America, Europe, Japan and Singapore — Hydrovolts gained access to a variety of digital prototyping tools to help develop and optimise its turbines.
“Autodesk Inventor software and Autodesk Inventor Fusion software are invaluable tools for helping us digitally visualise and then revise our designs,” said Burt Hamner, CEO of Hydrovolts. “And by using the Eco Materials Adviser within Inventor, we can weigh all ecological impact together with performance and financial impacts of materials for our turbines. Autodesk technology is simply more efficient than anything we’ve tried.”