Gilkes are the leading hydroelectric turbine manufacturer in the UK for projects up to 20MW
The Turgo Impulse turbine was developed by Gilkes to be a simple impulse type machine with a higher specific speed than a Pelton. The design therefore allows a larger jet of water to be directed at an angle onto the runner.
Covering the boundary between a Pelton and Francis machine, the Turgo turbines prove to deal extremely well with "dirty" water without any detriment to performance.
Originally designed and patented by Gilkes, the first ever Turgo turbine was installed in Scotland in 1919. Since then, turbines of Gilkes originated design have been operating in over 80 countries worldwide and many of the original units are still in operation.
As with all equipment of outstanding performance or design, attempts have been made to copy the Gilkes Turgo Impulse turbine but only Gilkes can back the design with over 90 years of manufacturing, installation and servicing experience. Through many decades of development and refinement Gilkes have improved the original designs. Gilkes are now replacing, completely or in part, copies of our Turgo with the original Gilkes designed machine and providing the owners and operators with improved output.
For an update on Turgo development, please download our latest paper Development of the Turgo Turbine.
For a more detailed review of this turbine type, please download our Turgo Paper
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