The start-up

Tecnoturbines has patented an electronic control system based on regenerative braking technology that recovers energy from the reduction of excess hydraulic pressure. This, along with a hydraulic turbine, is capable of producing electrical power in a controlled manner in different modes, making the process significantly more efficient and providing it with a high capacity to adapt itself to current conditions. This reduces costs and increases efficiency.

The need

Water distribution markets need to reduce the pressure in the water supply in order to prevent breakage of the pipelines and to increase the energy efficiency of the process. They need to reduce the costs of water extraction and distribution in order to offset the increment of the electricity bills. Sites without access to the electric grid need an electric power supply for monitoring and commanding remote stations.

The solution

Tecnoturbines offers an electronically-controlled regenerative turbine that is able to adapt its operation to the hydraulic conditions available. This allows the production of electricity from currently unused hydraulic pressure to drop at the pressure control valves. This energy can be auto-consumed, or sold to the electricity company to generate income.

Value proposition

The regenerative turbines provided by Tecnoturbines are extremely flexible. They can work in different control modes (maintaining pressure at inlet or outlet, regulating flow, maximising on power generation and on efficiency) so they can be integrated into complex water distribution systems. The system proves a very attractive investment for clients, with a payback of 4 – 5 years (depending on the installed power), clients receive a direct income for the remaining 20 years of product life.

The Team

Jaime-LLedo¦ü-TecnoturbinesJaime Lledó

Co-founder and CEO

Degree in control systems & electronics engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) and from Hallam University in the United Kingdom. Jaime has more than 6 years’ experience in product development of customised solutions in national and international renewable energy-focused companies. Online Profile


Jose Carlos Orts-tecnoturbinesJosé Carlos Orts

Co-founder and R&D manager

Degree in control systems & electronics engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and from TUT University in Finland. José Carlos has more than 7 years’ experience in validation and homologation in the locomotive industry. Online Profile

Enrique-Ruiz-TecnoturbinesEnrique Ruiz

Co-founder and CTO

Degree in industrial engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), Enrique has more than 6 years’ experience in the water distribution sector. He has executed different kind of hydraulic works and                                projects. Online Profile


Joaquin Orts - TecnoturbinesJoaquín Orts

Co-founder and quality manager

Degree in industrial engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). Joaquín has more than 13 years’ experience in the homologation, design and manufacturing of industrial machinery. Joaquín has also worked as a professor and coordinator of technical specialised training.


Jaume Bonet tecnoturibnesJaume Bonet

Partner and financial advisor

Degree in business administration and MBA from ESADE Business School. International management programme from Hautes Études Commerciales and from the London Business School. Jaume has more than 25 years’ experience in financial and administration management in multinational companies. Online Profile


María-José-Javaloyes-tecnoturbinesMaria José Javaloyes López

R&D engineer

Degree in telecommunications engineering specialising in image and sound from the University of Alicante (Spain). More than two years of experience in project development in Scada, HMI and remote systems in industry of water, plastic and cardboard box.