Open Hydro Group
RPS was part of the team that delivered various step change achievements for Openhydro and for the tidal energy industry.
RPS has designed three gravity base structures for Openhydro's 6m, 10m and 16m diameter 1MW turbines. RPS has also been involved in the development of Openhydro's innovative deployment and retrieval methods including design of specialist lifting frames and input into the design of Openhydro's deployment barge "Installer". The 6m base was deployed in EMEC in 2007 and the 10m in Bay of Fundy, Canada in 2009. The latest gravity base and 16m turbine was deployed in French waters in 2011.
RPS has also conducted tidal turbine productivity calculations, provided naval architecture advice and procurement services, compiled contract documents, supervised fabrication and undertaken wave and tidal modelling for Openhydro studies.