The power generation market is experiencing dynamic growth worldwide to generate electrical energy in more efficient, cost effective and sustainable systems. Typical power generation plants are fueled by coal, natural gas, hydroelectric, or nuclear; but can also be solar, wind, or geothermal powered. Natural gas has emerged as a viable alternate fuel, with government incentives increasing potential use.
We know that some of the most important attributes to utilities when purchasing our product solutions are safety, reliability, decreased downtime, and risk mitigation.
Solutions and Applications
- High temperature-resistant alloys (Inconel, Hastelloy): gas injection on turbines, engine exhaust systems, test stands, fuel burners
- Alloys providing high resistance to chloride attack/pitting
- Fire-resistant, high-pressure metallic hoses
- Flexible connectors on pumps/generators that eliminate vibration in adjacent pipework
- High-pressure metallic hoses (with working pressures of 1200 psi/81 bar in 4” diameter): on pump actuators at hydroelectric facilities and geo-thermal stations requiring secondary containment protection for steam
- Diesel and gasoline-resistant composite hose assemblies: fueling emergency generators
- PTFE hydraulic hose assemblies: actuators on wind turbines
- Filled PTFE nozzles and sleeves: high-voltage SF6 gas circuit breaker applications (to withstand wear/heat of continuous arc)
Note: Renewable energy has great potential to play a significant role in increasing domestic energy supply. Growing awareness of the environmental impact of high consumption is the leading driver behind increasing interest in green technologies. A “Zero Concept” world with zero emissions, zero accidents, zero fatalities, zero defects, and zero breaches of security can now be a reality in the future. Companies are shifting focus to develop products and technologies that “innovate to zero.” Such zero-emission technologies include wind power, geothermal energy, solar photovoltaic (PV) and biomass.