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Rotork IQ actuators control water at Grand Coulee Dam

A view of the impressive dam
A view of the impressive dam
Rotork IQ actuators have been operating cone valves at the Nathaniel Washington power plant, which enable precise control of water through the penstock systems.
The site has a total of 33 hydroelectric generators and IQ actuators have been installed as part of an overhaul project to operate cone valves.
Over the past 20 years the US has embarked on building several green energy platforms and the rehabilitation of existing green energy power plants like the Grand Coulee Dam is an example of this.
The third power plant at the Grand Coulee Dam is the newest plant on site, but over the last decade has been overhauled to ensure efficiency and long term, dependable service.
This has meant the overhaul of six hydroelectric generators, plus turbines, shafts, and auxiliary equipment.
In August 2020, it was renamed as the Nathaniel Washington Power plant.
IQ actuators have been installed on site at the plant to operate cone valves, which allow precise control of water through penstock systems.
The gradual opening of the valves, controlled by the IQ actuators, allow for penstocks to be gradually filled.
The accurate control...

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A view of the impressive dam