The Transformer Station at the Oude Rijkswerf Willemsoord in Den Helder is the home of a unique rectifier (kwikdamp-gelijkrichter), a device which transforms electricy from alternating current to constant voltage. In operation, the rectifier – by the low mercury vapor pressure in the tube – spreaded a blue/violet-like glow with much ultra-violet radiation. This radiation is the basis for the lighting design. Blue twinkling light, also visible from the outside.
Two retired navy men are responsible for the preservation of the rectifier. In the ’70’s these devices were replaced by more stable machines, because of the efforts of these two men we are still able to see this special machine today at it’s original location.
The transformer Station is part of a larger project in Den Helder; Zeestad Den Helder is an initiative to invert the impoverishment of several districts. West 8 and Beersnielsen were hired to improve the city by emphasizing the beautiful aspects of the city. People who live in Den Helder should be proud at their city, especially since it houses such special buildings.