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Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd

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About Us

Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd is a privately owned, internationally established manufacturing business based in the UK. Specialists in Hydropower & Pumping Systems since 1856, Gilkes now export to over 85 Countries around the world.

Standing at the forefront of turbine manufacture, our range of customisable, water-to-wire solutions are rooted in 170 years of pioneering heritage. Today, there are thousands of Gilkes’ Francis, Turgo and Pelton turbines generating power around the globe: from Alaska to Zimbabwe, from medium to high head, from 50kW to 20MW and from mini grid to large utility.

These projects stand as testament to everything that a partnership with Gilkes can provide. Connecting rural communities by bringing energy stability to remote locations. Cutting waste by recovering energy from high-pressure sources. Optimising efficiency and extending the lifespan of hydro plants. Providing the clean, affordable, and low-carbon electricity that is key to powering a sustainable future.

Across the full range of our expertise – from design and consultation through to modernisation and servicing – we work to ensure that hydropower flows dependably for the long term. Not only a plant offering lasting performance, but also an asset delivering lasting value.

Gilkes Hydro offer a full range of products and services for the following applications:

  • Small Run of River Hydro
  • Energy Recovery
  • Rural Electrification
  • Plant Modernisation & Optimisation
  • Long Term Service Contracts

Products & Services

Small Hydropower Turbines

Gilkes range of Francis, Turgo & Pelton Turbines cover medium to high head projects and can generate up to 20MW per unit, including a range of compact solutions for the sub 200kW market. Having manufactured over 6800 turbines, Gilkes offers complete water to wire solutions for small hydroelectric developments.

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Hydro Plant Modernisation

Modernisation can improve the overall efficiency of a hydro plant. Increased generation and reduced downtime can provide improved annual energy production due to higher reliability and lower operator dependence. Gilkes offer full site survey and condition assessments.

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Service & Maintenance

Every minute of hydropower plant downtime costs you money…protect your investment throughout its 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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Concept to Commissioning

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.

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All Product/Service Areas:
  • Auxiliaries - electrical
  • Control systems
  • Generators - small (<10 MVA)
  • Governors
  • Project supervisors
  • Pumps
  • Small/micro hydro specialists
  • Switchgear
  • Transformers
  • Turbines - large (>10 MW)
  • Turbines - refurbishment specialist
  • Turbines - small (<10 MW)




Andy Eaton (Head of Sales - Hydro & Modernisation)


Gareth McMann (Head of Aftermarket Sales)

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