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Plug-and-play water turbines designed using Autodesk

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Clean technology company Hydrovolts is using software from Autodesk to create unique hydrokinetic turbines that are more easily installed in rivers, canals and other waterways for faster generation of renewable energy. The company’s smaller turbines can be quickly installed and generating power in less than an hour.

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 had access to a range of digital prototyping tools to help develop and optimise its turbines.

Using Inventor and Inventor Fusion on a recent project for the Bureau of Reclamation, a US federal government agency, Hydrovolts was able to quickly and accurately model a turbine for the proposed installation site and then make appropriate changes to the prototype design in less than a week. Meanwhile, Autodesk Vault software provided complete document control, ensuring every iteration was recorded and traceable.