2012 - EEA (Newcastle) - Winner

2012 - EEA (Newcastle) - Winner

RPC Technologies (in partnership with EET, ATSA and e3K) is proud to announce that they were announced as the winner in the following three categories of the Engineering Excellence Awards (Newcastle Division) for the development of the SeaUrchin hydro kinetic turbine:

  • Winner of the Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award
  • Winner of the Excellence Award
  • Overall Winner Award

The awards seek to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement, eminence in the practice of engineering, and conspicuous service to the engineering profession and will further enhance RPC’s profile in Australia. 

The composite structure of the SeaUrchin hydro kinetic turbine was designed and manufactured at RPC Technologies Broadmeadow facility.

The two runners up to the SeaUrchin project were:

-          BHP Billiton’s $100M+ remediation and restoration of the Hunter River following closure of their 80 year old steel works, “the largest remediation project of its kind to be undertaken in Australia”; and

-          a major NSW Government freeway project described as “one of the most geotechnically challenging projects constructed in Australia” and involving 19 separate bridges and 3 tunnels.

The Engineers Australia judges were impressed by the way EET, ATSA, e3k and RPC Technologies worked collaboratively on the project to develop the initial 2kW SeaUrchin design during 2010/11.