Around the globe, almost 1.1 billion people have no access to electricity, while 2.1 billion are without safely-managed water services.

As global energy demand rises, alongside the need to combat climate change, hydropower is key to the future energy mix.

Small hydropower is a clean, efficient and reliable source of power generation available to people in all corners of the globe. 

Harnessing the natural power of water, it is one of the most sustainable, low environmental impact, renewable energies available. 


  • Clean, affordable, reliable and long-term sustainable energy resource
  • Low Carbon Technology
  • Environmentally and socially responsible
  • Short return on investment with long asset life
  • Scaleable installations for any landscape or location

Water to Wire Solutions

Gilkes Hydro are world-leaders in designing, manufacturing and commissioning hydro schemes worldwide.

With over 160 years of experience we offer single source, water to wire solutions for a range of hydropower applications.  From large utilities to small mini grids, our solutions are tailored to meet the needs of each individual project.

Our main manufacturing centre is in Kendal, Lake District UK, and we have service centres in Fort William, Invergordon & Callander Scotland as well as offices in Tacoma, USA and Tokyo, Japan.

This allows us to service the domestic, North American and Far East hydro markets directly and offer a speedy, professional response to all our clients’ design, engineering, maintenance and commissioning requirements.


We offer a full ‘concept to commissioning’ service with professional advice right from the start of the design process as well as providing energy calculation and plant selection consultancy.

Our engineers are with you all the way through the on-site installation and commissioning stages and we provide full training on site or at our UK factory.

Gilkes’ equipment packages are specifically designed to minimise unscheduled downtime and our after-sales service is available throughout the life of each project.

Service Packages

Reduce unplanned downtime with Gilkes long term preventative maintenance contracts. 

With a range of service level packages to choose from we can accommodate the varying requirements of our customers and their hydro installations.

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One of our Hydro Team can help you get started and advise on all aspects of your hydro scheme, including guiding you through the process of selecting the right turbine package for your project. Contact us now or download our enquiry form.

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New to Hydro?

Are you looking to develop your first hydro scheme? Our helpful guides below can help with the initial stages of a project.


Hydro Brochure

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Guide to small hydro

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BHA Guide to Hydro

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