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— Burt Hamner, CEO
Hydrovolts has submitted a proposal for a “man-portable hydropower turbine” in response to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Small-Business Innovative Research (SBIR) topic of the same name. Final selections for this funding will be made between October and December of this year.
The Electrical Engineer is responsible for the electric power train of the turbines, including the design of the generator, power conditioning, transmission, and interconnection. This is very similar to wind turbine generator operation. Waterproofing skills will be provided by others. get products built fast. You will be a team leader for generator solutions and you will meet prototype and product development timelines. Hands-on experience installing electric power generation equipment is essential. You will manage vendors and work with the full engineering team. You will possess self confidence, initiative, strong problem solving skills, and the ability to create an energetic, productive organization. Candidates with a current Professional Engineering (PE) license in Washington are strongly preferred.
As Electrical Engineer, responsibilities will include:
- Research on alternative generators suitable for the unique hydrokinetic power regime
- Working with vendors on design and procurement of components
- Design, engineering and testing of various components and sub-systems
- Overseeing assembly and testing of systems and sub-systems
- Documenting design and engineering activities
- Reporting status and presenting plans to senior management
- Based in greater Seattle area with excellent local knowledge of electric equiipment suppliers and fabricators
- Expertise in generators and power electronics
- Personally designed and installed electric power systems in 1-20 kW range or greater
- BS in electrical engineering; MS or Ph.D. degree preferred
- 10+ years experience, including several years experience in manufacturing organizations
- CAD experience
- Experience managing suppliers and supply-chain issues
- Good communication skills, both oral and written
- Proficiency with MS Office applications
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
- Self-starter willing to roll up his/her sleeves
Experience in the following areas is highly desirable:
- Marine engineering
- Mechanical design
- Finite element analysis (FEA)
- Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
- Engineering document control: part numbering system, drawings library, revision control
- New Product Introduction (NPI) process
- Understanding of DFx (manufacturability, assembly, test, serviceability)
- Mentoring and developing personnel
To apply, please send ONLY a DIGITAL resume or CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the high interest in renewable energy, NO CALLS will be accepted. PDF files are preferred.
Our “switchblade” turbine design has found another global market as a waterfall power generator. We built a barrel rotor for our Class I (small) turbine and found a demonstration site in the wastewater treatment plant of the City of Port Orchard, Washington.
Hydrovolts hydrokinetic Class 1 turbine with Flipwing blades underwent testing in the irrigation canal of the Roza Irrigation District in Sunnyside, Washington, USA during the spring and summer of 2011. The hydrokinetic turbine successfully generated as much as 20 watts in a flow of 1.2 m/sec, producing a total of 8 kW-hrs of renewable energy in this canal. This demonstration is of installation and mechanical operation; no generator is installed. The rotor is 8-blade Flipwing design, the cage is 5x5x10 ft in size and 800 lbs. Installation was accomplished in one hour. The turbine operated for 20 hours and was removed the next day. Removal took less than one hour, instant hydropower!
Mar 11: We are one of 13 alumni finalists in the CleanTech Open invited to present our companies at the 2011 CleanTech Open Launch Party in San Francisco