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. 

Benefits of small hydro

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

Water to Wire Solutions

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

With over 165 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, allowing us to provide preventative maintenance and repairs to the Scottish hydropower market.   


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 Agreements

Reduce unplanned downtime with Gilkes long term preventative maintenance contracts. 

Protect your investment throughout it’s entire lifecycle with a customised service agreement. Our specialised service team will fully assess your hydropower plant and specifically design a package to meet your requirements and budget.

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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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