Hydroelectric power plant automation and modernisation
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Hydroelectric power plant automation and modernisation

Eaton's hydroelectric power solutions team brings new life to ageing hydro power generation facilities. Highly skilled in hydro automation projects, excitation systems and protection and control system replacements and upgrades, Eaton specialists update and revitalise existing systems to achieve reliable and efficient operation. Eaton’s one-stop shop for hydro modernisation includes power engineering, training and arc flash studies for NFPA 70e compliance to support upgrades to your renewable energy hydro plant or non-powered dam.  

White papers

The methods and techniques proposed in these papers are intended to support optimum generation and power system performance and safety.

Design engineering solutions for hydroelectric power generating plants:

  • All projects are highly customised to meet  specific customer needs, enabling optimisation of hydro-operational strategies 
  • Turnkey project management, along with life extension programmes and automation solutions, improves efficiency, reliability and safety of hydroelectric power plants while reducing costs
  • Eaton’s consulting and engineering services include studies and tests to diagnose problems and identify improvements, such as arc flash studies for NFPA 70e CSA-Z462 compliance
  • All project documentation is completed to meet customer standards and specific requirements
  • Eaton’s expert engineers take your project from conception through to completion, with a single point of accountability

Hydroelectric power solutions include but are not limited to: 

  • Design, supply, construction and commissioning

  • Generating facility substations

  • Relay protection and control panels

  • Control system upgrades 

  • Excitation and voltage regulation systems

  • Station service power equipment

Studies and design offerings:

  • Arc flash hazard analysis
  • Power systems and design studies

  • Control system integration

  • Grounding studies and design 

  • Power quality and disturbance analyses

  • Specifications and project controls

  • Interconnection studies 

  • Project cost estimating

  • Feasibility studies

Hydroelectric power plant automation and modernisation

    Complete turnkey management

    Eaton’s expert engineers take your hydroelectric modernisation project from conception to completion, resulting in a safer, more reliable and cost-efficient power system. From a single point of accountability to a reduced risk of delays, Eaton’s turnkey project management will take your hydroelectric systems well into the future – from water to wire. See the difference in these actual customer installations.

    We make power work for generations.* 

    old hydroelectric dam

    *The average hydroelectric facility has been operating for 64 years. Eaton provides safe, effective power generation solutions that are built to last. 

    Complete design/build services: Updates and revitalisation of ageing hydroelectric facilities by designing, building and providing an overhaul to existing facilities

    Applications: Experience with both hydroelectric power generation facilities and non-powered dam operations such as flood control, navigation and irrigation applications

    One-stop shop: Turnkey hydroelectric power services, from design to installation and commissioning

    Manufacturer agnostic: Eaton or other third-party equipment can be integrated into a customised solution

    Services: Site studies, grounding, foundation, shipping and receiving, acceptance testing, connections, engineering, commissioning and more.

    Extend equipment life

    Eaton’s switchgear modernisation product line offers a host of solutions for ageing power systems to extend the useful life of electrical power systems. These range from reconditioning to equipment replacement and additions to existing systems that improve reliability and safety. 

    Safety first

    As one of the largest and most experienced teams in the industry, Eaton strives to create a zero-incident culture through the implementation of our Safety Policy including division safety managers, layered risk assessments and a “voice of the customer” campaign. You can rest assured that every Eaton service professional is dedicated to continually improving our environmental health and safety performance through prevention, protection and preparation.
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    It’s all about you

    Eaton’s engineering services team is dedicated to understanding your business so we can optimise your power system for safety, reliability and efficiency. With more than 1,500 experts in 60 locations throughout Canada and the USA, and more around the world trained on major manufacturers’ equipment, our experienced engineers can diagnose problems, identify ways to improve performance and transform concepts into practical solutions. With 24/7 support, we are available whenever you need us.

    Turnkey solutions

    From equipment modernisation/upgrade to complete design, construction and commissioning of a new substation, Eaton’s turnkey power system team has the expertise and resources to design and manage your entire project from start to finish. Achieve a safer, more reliable and cost-efficient power system and the convenience of a single point of contact to reduce risk, schedule and budget.


    Source of the statistics on this page: “Hydroelectric generators are among the United States’ oldest power plants.” US Energy Information Administration, 13th March 2017, Accessed 20th September 2018.


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