Reduced lead times and costs

Our standard configuration results in reduced lead times and costs, making the small hydro turbine portfolio an ideal choice for plant operators.

Bulb Family

GE’s Bulb turbines are ideal for run-of-river projects with high to very high discharges and are engineered to withstand significant head and discharge variations, making them an ideal solution for a range of projects.

PIT Turbines

For heads up to 20 m; output up to 25 MW

PIT turbines are an evolution of the Bulb family that are specifically engineered for small hydro applications. PIT solutions use a gearbox to increase speed and allow alternative positioning of the generator. This enables smooth, cost efficient installation and maintenance.



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S-type Family

GE's S-type turbines are an evolution of traditional Kaplan turbines specifically developed for small hydro applications.  Our scalable S-type solutions are based on standard, proven designs, which increase reliability and cost-effectiveness.  


For heads up to 40 m; output up to 35 MW

SAM is GE's upstream elbow, the latest evolution of S-type solutions.  Featuring a horizontal axis, straight draft tube and double regulated turbine directly coupled to the generator, the solution is ideal for run-of-river, low height dam projects, with high discharge rates and wide variations in head and discharge.  

Francis Family

Francis turbines are the most widely used and efficient turbines in the world. GE has commissioned more than 130 units up to 30 MW in the last decade. Our complete range of standardized Francis turbines offer unequaled efficiency levels and reduced cavitation risk.


Francis Horizontal Single Discharge (FHS)

For heads up to 350 m; output up to 30 MW

The FHS solution reduces civil works and turbine-generator submergence and provides easy access for maintenance and simplified construction.

Francis Vertical Arrangement (FV)

Heads up to 400 m; output up to 60 MW

The FV is an ideally suited solution for large plants a high power output.