FRANCIS Conventional Vertical
& Horizontal

FRANCIS Turbine Conventional

Considering a new greenfield project, especially for a modernization project, the NORCAN FRANCIS conventional turbine (vertical or horizontal) will significantly increase the power output and annual energy production across the turbine range. The result of NORCAN research and development optimization with the most advanced modern hydraulic geometries for higher efficiencies. NORCAN fundamental strategy is to increase their FRANCIS turbine range efficiencies to benefit the hydropower plant owners. As a reference of case and point in the short survey of selected sample projects below, Smooth Rocks Falls modernization of two old FRANCIS vertical turbines with two new NORCAN FRANCIS verticals turbines increased the power output by 38%, same rated head, same rated flows. The results validate the technology of the new modern NORCAN FRANCIS conventional turbine delivering more power output with a significant increase of the annual energy production potential for a greener and more sustainable future while maximizing the power plant revenue for decades of dependable operations. NORCAN R&D in-house Computational Fluid Dynamics CFD, FEA, and FMEA engineers collaborate with one of Europe's top turbine hydraulic fluid machinery dynamic laboratories supporting NORCAN in Austria. Numerical Simulation is successfully applied with CFD, and FMEA from the laboratory research analysis on homologous runners on physical test rig experimental trials from our turbine hydraulic fluid lab cooperation in Austria for acceptance and approval. Test according to IEC 60193, ISO 9906, IEC 60534. Best quality made in Canada with core components sourced in Canada and the U.S.A.

Short Survey of Selected Sample Projects

Smooth Rocks Falls 10.2 MW, Ontario

Complete power plant generating unit modernization of the 105 years old hydropower plant in operation since 1916, which had an existing power output of 7.4 MW. The two new NORCAN FRANCIS vertical turbines of 10.9 MW combined increased the power output by + 38% with the same structure (no civil work), same rated head, same rated flows! 10.2 MW Installed Capacity 2 x FRANCIS Vertical 5134kW 128.5 RPM ∅ 100-in (2544mm). NORCAN scope of supply included the complete reassembly and installation of two dismantled 100-t generators due to logistics and the powerhouse crane capacity limitation challenges. Rotor poles, stator coils installation with coils brazing connections, testing, and commissioning. NORCAN is your dependable holistic hydroelectric power plant system integrator & solutions provider. Best quality made in Canada with core components sourced in Canada and the U.S.A. You can depend on Team NORCAN for your hydroelectric projects for a highly efficient W2W package increasing the annual energy production for a sustainable future, supporting building climate resilience while maximizing the power plant revenue for decades of dependable operations.

Otter Creek Proctor Sutherland Falls unit 1, 2, 3, 4 - 7.4 MW, Vermont. Low Impact Hydropower Institute Certificate #128

Modernization of the existing powerhouse development built-in 1905 with 3 x new NORCAN FRANCIS Vertical 1711 kW 514.3 RPM ∅ 35-in (898 mm) Turbine, Generators supply, plus 1 x new NORCAN FRANCIS Vertical runner with shaft and new distributor 2173 KW 360 RPM 39.94-in (1014-mm) delivering more power output significantly increasing the annual energy production for a sustainable future supporting building climate resilience while maximizing the power plant revenue for decades of dependable operations. NORCAN scope of supply Engineering, R&D, Manufacturing, Fabrication of Turbines, supply of Balance of Plant, Generators, W2W, dismantling, installation and commissioning, best quality made in Canada with core components sourced in Canada and the U.S.A. Breaking News In January 2021, the Green Mountain Power (GMP) Otter Creek Proctor Sutherland Falls project 7.4 MW, Vermont, was awarded a Low Impact Hydropower Institute certificate number 128. NORCAN is privileged, proud, and honored to have been part of this significant sustainable project modernization with NORCAN high-performance generating units ensuring decades of sustainable dependable operations. In addition, the LIHI certificate exemplifies that Green Mountain Power is a proven good steward of the environment and demonstrates that hydropower is an essential part of mitigating climate change and supporting climate resilience.

Coya Unit 5 - 12.5 MW, Chile

12.1 MW is the result of a 40% increase in Reverse Engineering from NORCAN R&D department with 1 x FRANCIS Vertical 12100 kW 428 RPM ∅ 44.6-in (1133 mm) New Shaft and Runner replacement for a hydropower generating station in a mine with NORCAN modern hydraulic geometries for more power output significantly increasing the annual energy production offsetting the dependence from the national grid as an isolated grid for a sustainable future supporting building climate resilience with decades of dependable operation drastically mitigating the mining industry Carbon Footprint. NORCAN scope of supply Engineering, R&D Reverse Engineering, Manufacturing, Fabrication of the Turbine runner, dismantling, installation and commissioning, best quality made in Canada with core components sourced in Canada and the U.S.A.

Marshfield 5.2 MW, Vermont. Low Impact Hydropower Institute Certificate #77

5.2 MW 1 x new FRANCIS Vertical runner 5200 kW 600 RPM ∅ 34-in (864 mm) Runner replacement with NORCAN engineering with modern hydraulic geometries for more power output significantly increasing the annual energy production for a sustainable future supporting building climate resilience while maximizing the power plant revenue for decades of dependable operations. NORCAN scope of supply Engineering, R&D Reverse Engineering, Manufacturing, Fabrication of the Turbine runner, supply, dismantling, installation and commissioning, Best quality made in Canada with core components sourced in Canada and the U.S.A. The Winooski Hydroelectric Company project of 5.2 MW, Vermont, was awarded a Low Impact Hydropower Institute certificate #77. NORCAN is privileged, proud, and honored to have been part of this significant sustainable project modernization with NORCAN high-performance generating units ensuring decades of sustainable dependable operations. In addition, the LIHI certificate exemplifies that Winooski Hydropoelectric Company is a proven good steward of the environment and demonstrates that hydropower is an essential part of mitigating climate change and supporting climate resilience.

Waterbury 5.8 MW, Vermont. Low Impact Hydropower Institute Certificate #148

5.8 MW NORCAN 1 x FRANCIS Vertical 5800 kW 327 RPM ∅ 56.11-in (1430-mm) Runner replacement with NORCAN modern hydraulic geometries for more power output significantly increasing the annual energy production for a sustainable future supporting building climate resilience while maximizing the power plant revenue for decades of dependable operations. NORCAN scope of supply Engineering, R&D Reverse Engineering, Manufacturing, Fabrication of the Turbine runner, supply, dismantling, installation and commissioning, best quality made in Canada with core components sourced in Canada and the U.S.A. Breaking News in November 2018, the Green Mountain Power (GMP) Waterbury project 5.8 MW, was awarded a Low Impact Hydropower Institute certificate number 148. NORCAN is privileged, proud, and honored to have been part of this significant sustainable project modernization with NORCAN high-performance generating units ensuring decades of sustainable dependable operations. In addition, the LIHI certificate exemplifies that Green Mountain Power is a proven good steward of the environment and demonstrates that hydropower is an essential part of mitigating climate change and supporting climate resilience.

Bishop Creek #5 - 2.1 MW, California

NORCAN Reverse Engineering new runner modernization with headcover, bottom ring, Wicket Gates, Seal Rings and Bearings with 1 x new NORCAN FRANCIS Horizontal 2173 kW Ø 40.70-in (1033-mm) 600 RPM 2.17 MW with NORCAN modern hydraulic geometries for more power output significantly increasing the annual energy production for a sustainable future supporting building climate resilience while maximizing the power plant revenue for decades of dependable operations. NORCAN scope of supply Engineering, R&D Reverse Engineering, Manufacturing, Fabrication of the Turbine runner, dismantling, installation and commissioning, best quality made in Canada with core components sourced in Canada and the U.S.A.

Tide Water 2.6 MW, Nova Scotia

New runner modernization 1 x FRANCIS Vertical 2631 kW 300 RPM ∅ 50.35-in (1497-mm) with NORCAN modern hydraulic geometries for more power output significantly increasing the annual energy production for a sustainable future supporting building climate resilience while maximizing the power plant revenue for decades of dependable operations. NORCAN scope of supply Engineering, R&D, Manufacturing, Fabrication of the Turbine runner, dismantling, installation and commissioning, Best quality made in Canada with core components sourced in Canada and the U.S.A.

Minden 1.9 MW, Ontario

NORCAN New runner and distributor modernization 1 x FRANCIS Vertical 300 RPM ∅ 50.35-in (1497-mm) 1900 kW with NORCAN modern hydraulic geometries for more power output significantly increasing the annual energy production for a sustainable future supporting building climate resilience while maximizing the power plant revenue for decades of dependable operations. NORCAN scope of supply Engineering, R&D Reverse Engineering, Manufacturing, Fabrication of the Turbine runner and Distributor, dismantling, installation and commissioning, best quality made in Canada with core components sourced in Canada and the U.S.A.

Simpre Viva 3.0 MW, Nicaragua

Reverse Engineering from NORCAN R&D department with 1 x FRANCIS Horizontal 3000 kW 900 RPM ∅ 27.5-in (700-mm) New Shaft and Runner replacement for a hydropower generating station with NORCAN modern hydraulic geometries for more power output significantly increasing the annual energy production for a sustainable future supporting building climate resilience with decades of dependable operation. NORCAN scope of supply Engineering, R&D Reverse Engineering, Manufacturing, Fabrication of the Turbine runner, dismantling, installation and commissioning, best quality made in Canada with core components sourced in Canada and the U.S.A.

Lushui 2.5 MW. P.R of China

2.5 MW 1 x FRANCIS Vertical 2500 kW 214.3 RPM ∅ 62-in (1570-mm) Runner replacement with NORCAN modern hydraulic geometries for more power output with dependable green energy production. NORCAN scope of supply Engineering, complex R&D Reverse Engineering, Manufacturing, Fabrication of the Turbines, installation and commissioning, best quality made in Canada with core component sourced in Canada and the U.S.A.

Santa Maria 2.3 MW Guatemala

Reverse Engineering from NORCAN R&D department with 1 x FRANCIS Horizontal 2300 kW 720 RPM ∅ 26.5-in (675-mm) New Shaft and Runner replacement for a hydropower generating station with NORCAN modern hydraulic geometries for more power output significantly increasing the annual energy production for a sustainable future supporting building climate resilience with decades of dependable operation. NORCAN scope of supply Engineering, R&D Reverse Engineering, Manufacturing, Fabrication of the Turbine runner, dismantling, installation and commissioning, best quality made in Canada with core components sourced in Canada and the U.S.A.

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