Turbine Time. Hafod y Llan hydro being built in the Worlds oldest hydro factory

The beast lives. Its bigger than i thought....but not sure what a 6t 640kw Gilkes pelton was supposed to look like 6ft in the air!

The beast lives. Its bigger than i thought….but not sure what a 640kw Gilkes pelton was supposed to look like 6ft in the air!

Yesterday morning and I was up in Kendal with my colleague Garry to have a nose around the Gilkes factory and more importantly to see how the Hafod y Llan hydro was getting on. It should be over with us in Snowdonia Mid October. I have wanted to visit the factory for a while since it also plays a big part in the ‘Hidden Hydro’ work we are doing. Being one of the oldest hydro factories in the world has a nice continuity about it. But this was no dickensian tour of a decaying and factory. Cutting edge machinery, state of the art design, optimising and constantly looking for what Matt from Gilkes called the fraction of a % gain in every component

The twin jets for the pelt on (top left). Top right the runner made from a single pice of starinless steel. Bottom left the generator ready to marry up to the turbine. Bottom right - the flat pack instructions. Sorry meant parts list for the Hafod y Llan turbine

The twin jets for the pelt on (top left). Top-right the runner (the wheel) made from a single pice of stainless steel. Bottom left the generator ready to marry up to the turbine. Bottom right – the flat pack instructions. Sorry meant parts list for the Hafod y Llan turbine

The factory was busy and with a 40 week plus lead in time for a new turbine it was good to see the factory floor full of new and old turbines in various state of coming together. This is what it’s all about for our project. Two and a half years in and we are now into heavy steel, bearing, stainless steel, turbines and makes a change from feasibilities, reports and risk registers. Think Mr Millen (project manager) will be up in a week or so to have a look-see (like me he is nosey)

turning parts into a turbine. My main impression of the morning was quality and very very heavy metal!

Turning parts into a turbine for Hafod y Llan. My main impression of the morning was quality and very very heavy metal!

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2 Responses to Turbine Time. Hafod y Llan hydro being built in the Worlds oldest hydro factory

  1. tomeeagle says:

    Nice bit of hydro bling, that runner is a work of art!

  2. Pingback: Turbine Time. Hafod y Llan hydro being built in the Worlds oldest hydro factory | Hunting hidden hydros

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