Canadian Hydro Components (CHC) is a leading manufacturer of high performance, competitively priced hydroelectric turbines for low to medium head sites. For over 30 years, CHC has designed and manufactured superior quality Kaplan, Propeller and Francis turbines for hydro projects in Canada and the United States, with outputs ranging from 500 kW to 25 MW.  CHC’s line of axial flow turbines includes runner diameter sizes ranging from 500 mm to 3250 mm, and can be supplied as replacement units or complete water-to-wire equipment packages.

The company’s main manufacturing facility located in Almonte, Ontario (Canada) is a 25,000 sq. ft facility equipped with a range of state-of-the-art CNC machine tools. CHC also owns a new assembly hall located in Arnprior, Ontario, which provides an additional 20,000 sq. ft and 40 tons of overhead lifting capacity (36 ft under the hook).  This location is used to pre-assemble and pre-align turbines to ensure proper fitment at work sites and also as a staging hall for owner inspections prior to shipment.

CHC partners with private developers, utilities and the world’s leading engineering firms, to design and build turbines that consistently exceed expectations when it comes to performance, reliability and profitability. In May 2017, CHC, together with We Energies and Black and Veatch were presented with the US National Hydropower Association Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waterways (OSAW) Award in Washington, DC for the Twin Falls Hydroelectric project located in Wisconsin.  The OSAW award recognizes hydro projects that demonstrate significant technical contributions.

The Twin Falls Hydroelectric project involved the construction of a new two unit Kaplan 9.2 MW power plant and spillway and the removal of the existing 110 year old plant which was at the end of its life. CHC provided two vertical 2500 mm axial flow Kaplan turbines with generators, hydraulics, and unit controls. This project was completed on schedule and within budget and the development team used a number of innovative techniques to ensure the project met its objectives. The project was developed using an early-engagement, progressive design-build approach.