Company Description

Turbulent aims to provide even the most remote communities of the world with reliable and affordable energy. We’ve developed a special kind of Vortex Turbine that generates low cost electricity, without the ecological impact, without large civil works, and without the high upfront investment cost. Turbulent's environmentally friendly hydropower technology (no dams !) is an ideal match for VRE (Variable Renewable Energy), offering continuous electricity 24/7/365 in mini-grids and micro-grids, even featuring dispatchability. Turbulent safely powers critical healthcare infrastructure, telecom, schools, villages, businesses ... on a continuous basis, in combination with new (solar) and existing installations.

Turbulent's R&D has increasingly been focused on the design and development of modular, fish-friendly, submersible vortex generators, making use of small vertical water drops (between 1-5 m), abundant in rivers and canals around the world. With its robust and flood-proof technology, Turbulent moves away from large conventional hydropower with dams and reservoirs, to a sustainable, low-maintenance technology allowing fish, debris and sediments to pass through the installation without impact. Turbulent offers off-grid, micro-grid and on-grid distributed electrification solutions with installed capacities of 15 kW, 30 kW, 50 kW, 70kW per turbine, easily scalable to a combination of multiple turbines to increase capacity.

Turbulent’s headquarters are located in Leuven, Belgium, but the clean energy company is operating worldwide. Turbulent is able to scale rapidly through international distribution co-operations and agreements with local partners and manufacturers. Turbulent successfully introduced fish-friendly turbines on low-head rivers and canals around the globe. Turbulent Hydro has built up-and-running plants in Chile, Indonesia, Estonia and France. More Turbulent Hydro power plants are currently under construction in Portugal, Taiwan, The Philippines, Suriname, Thailand, UK, Congo, USA. 

If you have a river with a sudden low gradient drop, you now have power 24/7/365. Go with the flow!

Job description

Role brief

The job requires the academic degree of electrical, electromechanical or electronic engineer, equivalent to the Belgian degree of “Burgerlijk ingenieur” or similar by experience. As Turbulent is an international company your level of English must be excellent. Ideally, you have 3-5 years of experience in the production and design of industrial electrical systems, and in the engineering of motor/generator control systems in a power range from 5kW up to 500 kW. You have a good knowledge of industry practices in these fields and know how to use electronics CAD software, preferably AutoCAD Electrical as well. Since the job entails product development & prototyping, you must have a practical mindset and you need to be familiar with lean & agile development practices.


About the role

As an electrical engineer, you will work in a team together with the electrical, software- and mechanical engineers in Turbulent. As a member of the team, you will share the responsibility for the production and R&D of our power & control electric solutions for the complete product range.

Your main R&D tasks are:

  • Identifying the best power electronics solutions for both short- and long-term implementations.
  • Developing these electrical systems supporting all necessary types of grid conditions.
  • Adapting the power & control system designs for on-grid, off-grid, 3 and 1-phase.
  • Improving the control PCB solution and integrate it into our product line.
  • Certification of the electrical systems for different markets worldwide.
  • R&D on operating turbines in series and parallel and adapting the control system.

Your main operational tasks are:

  • Production management of the turbine electronics.
  • Quality control of the turbine power and control systems.
  • Deployments and commissioning at customer site of turbines.
  • Technical support of installed turbines (on-site and remote).


About you

  • Experience in the development of control software and familiarity with Linux is a plus.
  • Practical experience in building electrical setups for remote energy supply is a plus.
  • You have a hands-on mentality; you like to put theory into practice yourself and apply your practical experience in research.
  • You are result driven & cost-aware.
  • Flexible (can deal with changing priorities) and self-reliant (can deal with less structure).
  • Creative and solution-oriented, eager to learn.
  • Customer-oriented.



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