While the structure of the Horizon platform is unique, the parts and materials from which it is composed are not.  In fact, the vast majority of the components are of standard manufacture and readily available.  The few parts that must be specifically manufactured are neither complex, nor composed of exotic materials.  This means that any number of suppliers and manufacturers could be approached, leading to competitive bidding and lower costs. 


Contained within the platform's girders are floats which are acted upon by waves and swells, rising and falling accordingly.  The floats are linked to a drive shaft, which spins a generator.  The electricity from the generator is fed to the utility grid on shore via an under sea cable laid on the ocean floor.  With the exception of the floats, all of the components mentioned are of standard manufacture and commercially available.  And the floats themselves, although irregularly shaped, are simply sealed containers.