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ORPC Contracts with Firehole for Structural Analysis

12 May 2011

Firehole Composites' Engineering Services branch has been awarded a contract by Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) for structural analysis of their patented TidGen advanced design cross flow turbine.

Utilising tidal energy, the underwater turbine is designed to produce clean, renewable and predictable electricity. Eric Newberg, Director of Engineering, said, ""The complexity of design of our underwater turbines operating in the harsh ocean environment is challenging, to say the least. This application is ideal for composite materials, but from prototype to finished product, ORPC needs an accurate and efficient methodology for characterizing the behaviour of this complex composite structure. Firehole has a strong reputation and critical expertise in this field and will help us in our pursuit of increased efficiency and durability in our TidGen technology."" Firehole's consultants will provide composite-specific expertise through the use of their analysis software, Helius:MCT.

""From composite pressure vessels to wind blades, Firehole has been involved in the energy sector specific to composites for many years. Tidal energy is on the rise, with investments in the next 5 to 7 years expected to exceed $1 Billion US in Maine and Alaska alone. We are excited to partner with ORPC as they lead this effort and look forward to continued success on these complex, underwater structures,"" said Jason Gies, VP of Business Development at Firehole Composites.






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