VESCONITE RENEWABLE ENERGY
Renewable energy – saving the planet one kilowatt at a time.
With the drive for clean energy, a multitude of specialised material requirements have emerged, including a requirement for low friction, environmentally-friendly and low to zero maintenance bearings, bushings, and wear components. Vesconite is the ideal solution for this requirement.
Bushings and bearings in the Renewable Energy Industry are characterised by requirements for very long bearing life (20+ years) and low maintenance due to very limited accessibility. In many applications, such as in hydro turbines, pumps, and wave and tidal devices, the bearings are constantly exposed to or submerged in water as well. Loads are typically very large and speeds low, for which Vesconite is ideal. Vesconite and Vesconite Hilube are ideal for such applications due to the low friction and long wear life characteristics of the material. Vesconite is internally lubricated and therefore eliminates the need for greasing. It also exhibits no water swell, which prevents shaft seizure and allows machining to closer tolerances, resulting in slower wear and more efficient operation.