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Background

JLA Hydro sprl is now a leading manufacturer in the micro-hydro sector (Pi<150kW).

The story began in 1980, when Jean-Luc Willot, one of the founders of JLA Hydro sprl, developed a passion for hydraulic energy. Trained as an electro-mechanical technician, he was particularly interested in the Crossflow turbine. He produced his first prototype in his father’s machine shop. Over 55 installations currently in operation around the world are based on this equipment.

1980 Manufacture of the first JLA Crossflow turbine prototype in Andenne (Belgium)
1981 Development and validation of injection profiles and blades for prototype
1981-1985 Manufacture and sale of 4 fully tailor-made turbines
1986 Design of a turbine for industrial manufacture. The JLA29, the flagship product of JLA & Co sprl, was born. Creation of Ets WILLOT JLA, manufacturer of hydroelectric equipment.
2000 Equipment for the hydroelectric power plant Hydroval in Poix-Saint-Hubert: design and manufacture of a new Crossflow turbine, known as the JLA52.
2005 Over 30 installations equipped with Crossflow JLA29 turbines are now operating around the world.
2006 Arrival of Simon Cuvelier, electro-mechanical engineer – Creation of JLA & Co sprl, which took over from Ets WILLOT JLA.
2008 Design and marketing of control systems for turbines operated in isolation.
Partnership with Ateliers Demaret for the machining of various turbine components.
2010 Over 55 installations equipped with JLA turbines are now operating in the world.
A Crossflow turbine of innovating design, the JLAKit, becomes available on the market.