Hydraulics specialist MGR Fluid Power has announced it has designed, manufactured and handed over the first of four bespoke hydraulic operating systems for installation into a hydro power plant on the River Trent in Nottingham, UK.

The system will be used to actuate a fully regulated axial flow turbine manufactured by Newmills Engineering at the Holme Pierrepoint hydropower scheme. Developed to exact specifications, the 2m-diameter system utilises an internet connection to communicate with the control panel, alerting operators if there is an operational issue. Alarm data can be fed through to operators through their mobile phone, or tablet device, meaning that the system can be managed from anywhere in the world.

"We only contacted MGR in the first instance for a replacement valve component, but after seeing some of the bespoke work they are capable of doing, we were keen to work with them on this project," commented Simon Taylor, Commercial Director at Newmills Engineering. "As a UK manufacturing business, it is important to us that we work with UK-based suppliers and MGR quickly understood our unique specifications, and built us a solution in just a matter of months."


Pictured (l-r) Neil Windross, Sales Manager at MGR Fluid Power hands over the hydraulic system following testing, to Simon Taylor, Commercial Director at Newmills Engineering